How to Groom A Foldex Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Foldex Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Cobby

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Foldex has a soft and dense coat that is short to medium in length. It is plush to the touch and requires minimal grooming.

Foldex Cat

The Foldex cat is a relatively new breed that was developed in Quebec, Canada in the 1990s. It is a cross between a Scottish Fold and an Exotic Shorthair, resulting in a cat with a unique appearance and personality. 

Foldex cats have a round head, short snout, and folded ears, giving them a cute and distinctive look. They are also known for their affectionate and playful nature, making them great companions for families with children or other pets. However, their folded ears require regular cleaning to prevent infections, and they may be prone to certain health issues such as joint problems and respiratory infections.

Overall, the Foldex cat is a charming and lovable breed that is sure to win the hearts of cat lovers everywhere.

Grooming Tools for Foldex Cats

To groom your Foldex Cat properly, you’ll need the following:

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushRemoves loose hair, untangles minor mats, and keeps the coat shiny$10 – $20
Grooming glovesSoftly detaches shedding hair while delivering a calming massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersHelps you clip your cat’s claws safely to avoid excessive growth and potential harm to itself and other cats/humans$5 – $15
Ear cleanerHelps reduce the buildup of bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microorganisms in your cat’s ears, thereby preventing ear infections$8 – $15
Cotton ballsAllow for precise application of ear cleaning solutions and enable reaching the nooks and crannies of the cat’s ears without causing discomfort$1 – $5
ToothbrushMaintains your cat’s oral health by cleaning their teeth and preventing dental concerns$3 – $10
ToothpasteToothpaste designed for cats helps to effectively remove plaque and tartar buildup, promoting healthier teeth and gums.$5 – $10
ShampooCat shampoos are specially formulated to maintain the natural pH balance of a cat’s skin, which helps to prevent skin irritations, dryness, and itching$3 – $12

Foldex Grooming: Step-by-Step Guide

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your Foldex once a week

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

Use a grooming comb to help remove loose hair and prevent matting.

Bathing your Foldex Cat

The Foldex is a unique breed with a short, dense coat that requires minimal grooming. However, if your Foldex gets into something particularly dirty or smelly, a bath may be necessary.

  1. Start by brushing out any tangles or mats in their coat.
  2. Fill a sink or tub with warm water and add a gentle cat shampoo.
  3. Wet your Foldex thoroughly, being careful not to get water in their ears or eyes.
  4. Gently massage the shampoo into their coat, avoiding their face.
  5. Rinse thoroughly and wrap your Foldex in a towel to dry.

How Often Should I Bathe My Foldex Cat?

You should bathe your Foldex cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain their coat’s health and cleanliness.

How to Trim the Nails of a Foldex

  • Cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your Foldex, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your Foldex gently but firmly, making sure they are calm and relaxed.
  • Take one paw at a time and gently press on the paw 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 of the nail that contains blood vessels and nerves).
  • If you accidentally cut the quick and your Foldex starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Repeat the process with each paw, giving your Foldex treats and praise throughout the process.
  • Recommended frequency of clipping: once every 2-3 weeks, or as needed if you hear your Foldex’s nails clicking on the floor.

How to Clean the Ears of a Foldex

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Foldex securely in your lap or on a table.
  • Gently lift the ear flap and inspect the ear for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice anything unusual, contact your vet.
  • 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 Foldex with a treat and some cuddles for being a good kitty during the ear cleaning process.

Things to Watch Out For:

– Never use Q-tips or any other type of object to clean your Foldex’s ears. This can push debris further into the ear canal and cause injury.
– If your Foldex has excessive ear wax or discharge, or if you notice a foul odor coming from the ears, contact your vet. These can be signs of an ear infection or other underlying health issue.
– Be gentle and patient during the ear cleaning process. Your Foldex may not enjoy it, but it’s important for their health and well-being.

How to Brush the Teeth of a Foldex Cat Breed

  1. Start by getting your Foldex comfortable with the idea of having their teeth brushed. You can do this by gently rubbing their gums with your finger or a soft cloth.
  2. Once your Foldex is comfortable, introduce them to a toothbrush specifically designed for cats. You can find these at your local pet store or online.
  3. Use a toothpaste that is safe for cats. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to your Foldex. You can find cat toothpaste at your local pet store or online.
  4. Gently lift your Foldex’s lip and brush their teeth in a circular motion. Be sure to brush both the front and back teeth.
  5. Brush for about 30 seconds to a minute, or until your Foldex becomes uncomfortable.
  6. Reward your Foldex with a treat or praise after each brushing session to reinforce positive behavior.
  7. Aim to brush your Foldex’s teeth at least once a week to maintain good oral hygiene.

Remember, regular brushing can help prevent dental problems and keep your Foldex healthy and happy.

Foldex Common Coat Issues

We’re pretty much done with the grooming process. However, we still need to talk about some potential issues:

Fleas and Ticks

To prevent fleas and ticks on your cat, use a flea comb regularly and keep your cat’s environment clean. Vacuum carpets and furniture frequently and wash bedding in hot water. Use a flea and tick preventative recommended by your veterinarian.

Matted Fur

Foldex cats have a dense, plush coat that can easily become matted if not brushed regularly. Use a slicker brush to gently remove any tangles and mats, and consider trimming the fur around the ears and hindquarters to prevent future matting.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Foldex cats have a tendency to develop skin fold dermatitis due to their facial wrinkles. To prevent this, gently clean their wrinkles with a damp cloth and keep them dry. If irritation persists, consult a veterinarian for treatment options.

How Often Should I Brush My Foldex Cat?

You should brush your Foldex cat at least once a week to prevent matting and keep their coat healthy and shiny. However, if your cat has a longer coat, you may need to brush them more frequently to prevent tangles and knots.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Foldex Cat?

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

Are Foldex Cats High-Maintenance?

Foldex cats aren’t high-maintenance and don’t require any special grooming. In fact, they’re much easier to deal with than many other cat breeds.