How to Groom A Selkirk Rex Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Selkirk Rex Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Large and Cobby

Coat Type & Length:Short/long (longhair, sometimes in early generations, can appear to be semi-long)

Coat Texture: The Selkirk Rex has a unique curly coat that is soft and plush to the touch. It requires minimal grooming and is perfect for those who love a low-maintenance cat.

Selkirk Rex cat

The Selkirk Rex is a unique breed of cat known for its curly, plush coat. This breed is known for being friendly and affectionate, making them great pets for families. They are also known for being adaptable and easy-going, making them a great choice for first-time cat owners.

The Selkirk Rex is a medium-sized cat with a round face and a sturdy build. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, and their curly coat requires regular grooming to prevent matting. Overall, the Selkirk Rex is a charming and lovable breed that makes a great addition to any household.

Selkirk Rex Cat Grooming Tools

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

Grooming ToolDescription
Slicker brushGets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat
Grooming glovesGently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage
Nail clippersTrims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries
Ear cleanerHelps reduce the buildup of bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microorganisms in your cat’s ears, thereby preventing ear infections
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
ToothbrushMaintains your cat’s oral health by cleaning their teeth and preventing dental concerns
ToothpasteCat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor
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

Selkirk Rex Cat Grooming 101

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your Selkirk Rex once or twice a week

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

Bathe your Selkirk Rex occasionally to help control shedding.

Bathing your Selkirk Rex Cat

The Selkirk Rex is a unique breed with a curly, plush coat that requires regular grooming to keep it looking its best. We recommend using a gentle shampoo specifically designed for cats.

  1. Start by wetting your cat’s coat thoroughly, being careful to avoid getting water in their ears.
  2. Apply the shampoo and work it into a lather, taking care not to tug or pull on their fur.
  3. Rinse thoroughly and wrap your cat in a towel to dry them off.
  4. Use a comb or brush to gently detangle any knots or mats in their coat.

With a little patience and care, your Selkirk Rex will be looking and feeling great after their bath.

How Often Should I Bathe My Selkirk Rex Cat?

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

How to Trim the Nails of a Selkirk Rex

You’ll need: 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 breaks and treats as needed.
  • Aim to trim your Selkirk Rex’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from getting too long and causing discomfort.

Remember, trimming your cat’s nails can be a stressful experience for them, so be patient and gentle. With practice, you and your Selkirk Rex will become pros at nail trimming!

How to Clean the Ears of a Selkirk Rex

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Selkirk 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 Selkirk Rex with a treat or some playtime to make the experience positive.

Watch out for:

  • Don’t use sharp objects to clean your cat’s ears. This can push debris further into the ear canal and cause injury.
  • If your Selkirk Rex shows signs of discomfort or pain during the ear cleaning process, stop immediately and contact your veterinarian.
  • If you notice any unusual discharge, odor, or redness in your cat’s ears, contact your veterinarian. These can be signs of an ear infection or other health issue.

How to Brush the Teeth of a Selkirk Rex

  • Start by getting your Selkirk Rex comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and give them a treat or praise.
  • Once they are comfortable, introduce a toothbrush and toothpaste made specifically for cats. Let them sniff and taste the toothpaste.
  • Apply a small amount of toothpaste to the toothbrush and gently brush their teeth in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth.
  • Be sure to brush the back molars, as these are often missed and prone to tartar buildup.
  • Brush for 30 seconds to 1 minute, gradually increasing the time as your cat becomes more comfortable.
  • Reward your Selkirk Rex with a treat or praise after each brushing session.
  • Aim to brush your Selkirk Rex’s teeth at least 2-3 times per week to maintain good oral hygiene.

Remember, regular brushing can help prevent dental issues and keep your Selkirk Rex healthy and happy!

Addressing Common Coat Issues

As part of the grooming post-care process you should pay attention to the following potential issues:

Fleas and Ticks

– Regularly groom your cat with a flea comb to remove any fleas or ticks.
– Use a flea and tick preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian.
– Keep your home and cat’s environment clean and vacuumed to prevent flea infestations.
– Check your cat’s fur and skin regularly for any signs of fleas or ticks.

Matted Fur

Selkirk Rex cats have a thick, curly coat that can easily become matted if not brushed regularly. Use a metal comb to gently work out any tangles and mats, and consider trimming the fur around the ears and hindquarters to prevent future matting.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Selkirk Rex cats have a dense, curly coat that can easily trap dirt and debris, leading to skin irritation. Regular brushing and bathing can help prevent this issue. Additionally, be sure to keep their ears clean to avoid infections.

How Often Should I Brush My Selkirk Rex Cat?

You should brush your Selkirk Rex cat at least once a week to prevent matting and keep their curly coat looking its best. However, if your cat has a longer coat, you may need to brush them more frequently to prevent tangles and mats.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Selkirk Rex Cat?

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