How to Groom A German Rex Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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German Rex Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Semi-Foreign

Coat Type: Rex

Coat Texture: The German Rex has a soft, curly coat that is pleasant to the touch. Its fur is short and dense, with a velvety texture that makes it a joy to pet.

German Rex cat

German Rex cats are known for their soft, curly fur and affectionate personalities. They are a medium-sized breed with a muscular build and round faces. German Rex cats are intelligent and playful, making them great companions for families with children or other pets. They are also known for their adaptability and can thrive in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Regular grooming is important for German Rex cats to maintain their unique coat texture and prevent matting.

Grooming Tools for German Rex Cats

In order to groom German Rex Cats properly, you’ll need to have the following tools:

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushGets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat$10 – $20
Grooming glovesGently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersTrims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries$5 – $15
Ear cleanerReduces Wax and Debris Accumulation$8 – $15
Cotton ballsEffectively absorb and remove dirt, debris, and excess earwax from the cat’s ears, contributing to better overall ear health and reducing the risk of infections$1 – $5
ToothbrushReduces Plaque and Tartar Buildup$3 – $10
ToothpasteCat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor$5 – $10
ShampooCat shampoos effectively eliminate dirt, grime, and oils from your cat’s coat, while also neutralizing any unpleasant odors, leaving your cat’s fur clean, soft, and fresh-smelling$3 – $12

Grooming Your German Rex Cat

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your German Rex once a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Use a deshedding tool to remove loose hair and minimize shedding.

Bathing your German Rex Cat

The German Rex is a unique breed with a curly coat that requires minimal grooming. However, if your German Rex gets into something dirty or smelly, a bath may be necessary.

Start by brushing their coat to remove any loose hair or tangles.

Fill a sink or bathtub with warm water and add a gentle cat shampoo.

Wet your German Rex thoroughly, being careful not to get water in their ears.

Gently massage the shampoo into their coat, avoiding their face and eyes.

Rinse thoroughly and wrap your German Rex in a towel to dry.

How Often Should I Bathe My German Rex Cat?

You should bathe your German Rex cat once every 4-6 weeks to maintain their coat’s natural oils and prevent skin irritation.

How to Trim the Nails of a German Rex

  • Gather your supplies: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your German Rex, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly, and use the clippers to trim the tip of the nail, being careful not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail).
  • If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Repeat with the other paws, giving your cat treats and praise throughout the process.
  • Aim to trim your German Rex’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort.

How to Clean the Ears of a German Rex

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your German Rex securely in your lap or on a table.
  • Gently lift one ear flap and inspect the ear for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
  • Saturate a cotton ball or pad with the ear cleaning solution and gently wipe the inside of the ear flap and the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the cotton ball too far into the ear canal.
  • Use a fresh cotton ball or pad to wipe away any excess solution and debris.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Reward your German Rex with a treat or playtime to make the experience positive.

It’s important to avoid using Q-tips or other objects while cleaning your cat’s ears, since this can lead to damage of the ear canal and eardrum. If you’re cleaning the ears of your German Rex and notice any signs of discomfort or pain, it’s best to stop immediately and get in touch with your veterinarian. Additionally, if you notice any unusual discharge, odor, or redness in your cat’s ears, it’s important to seek medical attention from a veterinarian as this could be an indication of an ear infection or other health issue.

How to Brush the Teeth of a German Rex

  • Start by getting your German Rex comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and give them a treat or praise.
  • Once they are comfortable with this, introduce a toothbrush specifically designed for cats. You can find these at your local pet store.
  • Use a small amount of cat toothpaste on the brush and gently brush your German Rex’s teeth in a circular motion. Be sure to focus on the back teeth where plaque and tartar tend to build up.
  • Brush for about 30 seconds to a minute, gradually increasing the time as your German Rex becomes more comfortable with the process.
  • Repeat this process 2-3 times a week to maintain good dental hygiene.

Recommended Frequency: 2-3 times a week.

German Rex Common Coat Issues

Pat yourself on the back for grooming your cat properly! That said, look out for the following:

Fleas and Ticks

To prevent fleas and ticks on your cat, use a flea comb regularly and keep your home clean. Vacuum carpets and furniture frequently and wash bedding in hot water. Consider using a flea preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian.

Matted Fur

German Rex cats have a curly coat that can easily become matted if not brushed regularly. Use a metal comb to gently work out any tangles and consider trimming the fur around the ears and paws to prevent matting in those areas.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

German Rex cats have sensitive skin that can be prone to dryness and flakiness. To prevent irritation, use a gentle shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for cats and avoid over-bathing. Regular brushing can also help distribute natural oils and keep the skin healthy.

Frequently Asked Questions About Grooming German Rex Cats

How Often Should I Brush My German Rex Cat?

You should brush your German Rex cat at least once a week to keep their short, curly coat looking healthy and shiny. However, if your cat sheds more than usual or has a tendency to develop mats, you may need to brush them more frequently, up to two or three times a week.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My German Rex Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your German Rex cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin and coat. It can strip away natural oils and cause dryness, itching, and irritation. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for your cat’s skin.