How to Groom A Havana Brown Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Havana Brown Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Semi-Foreign

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Havana Brown has a short, smooth coat that is dense and glossy. It feels like satin to the touch and requires minimal grooming.

Havana Brown Cat

The Havana Brown cat is a medium-sized breed known for its striking green eyes and rich, chocolate-colored coat. These cats are intelligent and affectionate, often forming strong bonds with their owners. They are also known for their playful and curious nature, making them a great choice for families with children or other pets.

Havana Browns require regular grooming to maintain their sleek coat, but their short hair makes them relatively low-maintenance compared to other long-haired breeds. Overall, the Havana Brown is a charming and loyal companion for any cat lover.

Tools Needed to Groom Havana Brown Cats

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushHelps detangle matted hair and remove excess fur$10 – $20
Grooming glovesGets rid of excess fur while giving a comforting massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersCuts your cat’s nails in a safe manner to keep overgrowth in check and prevent accidents$5 – $15
Ear cleanerEar cleaning solutions effectively eliminate unpleasant odors in your cat’s ears by removing wax, debris, and bacteria, thus maintaining cleanliness and promoting overall ear health.$8 – $15
Cotton ballsMade from soft fibers that won’t irritate or scratch the delicate skin inside a cat’s ears, ensuring a comfortable and safe cleaning experience$1 – $5
ToothbrushRegular toothbrushing keeps your cat’s mouth clean and reduces the buildup of odor-causing bacteria, resulting in fresher breath$3 – $10
ToothpasteRegular use of cat toothpaste can help prevent periodontal disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay, contributing to your cat’s overall health and well-being$5 – $10
ShampooCat shampoos are made with mild and non-toxic ingredients that are specifically chosen to be gentle on your cat’s skin and fur, reducing the risk of adverse reactions and irritation compared to using human shampoos$3 – $12

Grooming Havana Browns: Step-by-Step


Frequency: Brush your Havana Brown once or twice a week

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

Bathe your Havana Brown occasionally to help control shedding.

Bathing your Havana Brown Cat

Bathing a Havana Brown cat is a breeze! These short-haired beauties don’t require frequent baths, but when they do, it’s important to use a gentle shampoo specifically made for cats.

  1. Start by wetting their coat thoroughly, being careful not to get water in their ears.
  2. Apply the shampoo and massage it into their fur, avoiding their face.
  3. Rinse thoroughly and wrap them in a towel to dry.
  4. Havana Browns are known for their love of water, so don’t be surprised if they enjoy the bath!

How Often Should I Bathe My Havana Brown Cat?

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

How to Trim the Nails of a Havana Brown Cat

  • Cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your cat, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly and press on the pad to extend the nail.
  • 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 a treat after each paw is done.
  • Aim to trim your Havana Brown’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from getting too long and causing discomfort.

How to Clean the Ears of a Havana Brown Cat

  • Cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Havana Brown cat securely and gently lift one ear flap.
  • Squeeze a few drops of the ear cleaning solution into the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the dropper too far into the ear.
  • Massage the base of the ear for about 30 seconds to help the solution work its way into the ear canal.
  • Let your cat shake their head to help loosen any debris or wax.
  • Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any visible debris or excess solution from the ear flap and surrounding area.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Watch out for any signs of discomfort or pain, such as your cat pulling away or vocalizing. If you notice any of these signs, stop immediately and consult with your veterinarian.
  • Avoid using cotton swabs or inserting anything into the ear canal, as this can cause injury or irritation.
  • Clean your Havana Brown’s ears regularly, but not too frequently as over-cleaning can also cause irritation. Aim for once a month or as needed based on your cat’s individual needs.

How to Brush the Teeth of a Havana Brown Cat

  1. Start by getting your Havana Brown cat comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth with your finger.
  2. Once your cat is comfortable with having their mouth touched, introduce them to a toothbrush. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush specifically designed for cats.
  3. Apply a small amount of cat toothpaste to the toothbrush. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.
  4. Gently brush your cat’s teeth in a circular motion, focusing on the outer surfaces of the teeth. Be sure to brush the back teeth as well.
  5. Brush for about 30 seconds on each side of your cat’s mouth.
  6. Reward your cat with a treat or praise after brushing to make it a positive experience.

Recommended Frequency: Brush your Havana Brown cat’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good oral hygiene.

Havans Browns’ Coat Care

Grooming your cat is 90% done. However, it’s important to keep an eye on the following “potential” issues:

Fleas Prevention

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 your cat’s bedding in hot water. Consider using a flea and tick preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian.

Matting (Fur)

Havana Browns have a short, smooth coat that rarely mats. However, if you notice any tangles or mats, use a metal comb to gently work them out. If the mat is too tight, it’s best to seek the help of a professional groomer.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Havana Browns have short, smooth coats that require minimal grooming. However, they may be prone to skin allergies and irritations. To prevent these issues, make sure to use a high-quality, hypoallergenic shampoo and avoid over-bathing. If your Havana Brown does experience skin irritation, consult with a veterinarian for proper treatment.

How Often Should I Brush My Havana Brown Cat?

You should brush your Havana Brown cat at least once a week to keep their short, shiny coat looking healthy and to prevent matting. However, if your cat sheds heavily, you may need to brush them more frequently to control the amount of loose hair in your home.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Havana Brown Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Havana Brown 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.

Do Havana Brown Cats Shed?

Havana Brown Cats require minimal grooming since they do not shed much. However, their coat should be brushed occasionally to eliminate loose hair and prevent matting. Although intelligent, training Havana Browns to perform tricks can be challenging.

What Kind of Coat Does a Havana Brown Cat Have?

Havana Brown cat’s coat is short to medium in length and is smooth and glossy. The Hav’s coat is a rich, deep brown with mahogany undertones that is unique to this breed.