How to Groom A Somali Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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If you’re lucky enough to have a Somali cat in your life, you know how beautiful and unique they are. With their long, silky coats and playful personalities, they make wonderful companions. But with all that fur comes some grooming responsibilities. Don’t worry, though – grooming your Somali cat can be a relaxing and enjoyable bonding experience for both of you. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to keep your furry friend looking and feeling their best.


Somali Cat Characteristics

Body TypeCoat type and lengthCat ImageCoat Texture
CobbyLongsomali catThe Somali cat has a long, silky coat with a bushy tail, resembling a fox. Their fur is soft to the touch and requires regular grooming to prevent matting.

Somali cats are known for their strikingly beautiful appearance and playful personalities. They have long, silky fur that comes in a variety of colors, including red, blue, and fawn. Their large, almond-shaped eyes are typically green or gold, and their ears are tall and pointed.

Somali cats are intelligent and curious, and they love to play and explore their surroundings. They are also affectionate and enjoy spending time with their owners. However, their long fur requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling.

Overall, Somali cats make wonderful pets for those who are willing to give them the attention and care they need.


Essential Grooming Tools for Somali Cats

cat grooming supplies

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

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushPerfect for removing tangles and mats from your cat’s coat, leaving it smooth and shiny.$10 – $20
Grooming glovesCarefully eliminates loose fur as it offers a soothing massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersSafely trims your cat’s nails to prevent overgrowth and injuries$5 – $15
Ear cleanerReduces Wax and Debris Accumulation$8 – $15
Cotton ballsGently cleans the ears in combination with the ear cleaner$1 – $5
ToothbrushReduces Plaque and Tartar Buildup$3 – $10
ToothpasteRemoves plaque and freshens breath; specially formulated for cats$5 – $10
ShampooUse shampoo that’s made specifically for cats. Shampooing your cat will help remove any dirt deep in its fur$3 – $12

Now that we have our tools, we can begin the grooming process!


Step-by-Step Guide to Grooming Your Somali Cat

Brushing Your Cat

How to Brush a Somali Cat

Frequency: Brush your Somali once a week

Brushing 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 Somali Cat

How to Bathe A Somali Cat

Somali cats have a thick, luxurious coat that requires regular grooming to keep it looking its best. When it comes to bathing, it’s important to use a gentle shampoo that won’t strip the natural oils from their fur.

  1. Start by brushing out any tangles or mats, then wet the coat thoroughly with warm water.
  2. Apply the shampoo and work it into a lather, being careful not to get any in their eyes or ears.
  3. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary.
  4. After the bath, wrap your Somali in a towel and gently pat them dry.
  5. Finish by brushing their coat to remove any remaining tangles and leave them looking sleek and shiny.

How Often Should I Bathe My Somali Cat?

You should bathe your Somali cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain their coat’s natural oils and prevent matting.

How to Trim the Nails of a Somali Cat

  • Gather your supplies: 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.
  • Recommended frequency of clipping: every 2-3 weeks, or as needed if you hear clicking sounds when your cat walks on hard surfaces.

How to Clean the Ears of a Somali Cat

how to clean a somali cat's ears

  1. Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  2. Hold your Somali cat securely and gently lift one ear flap.
  3. 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.
  4. Massage the base of the ear for about 30 seconds to help the solution work its way into the ear canal.
  5. Let your cat shake their head to help loosen any debris or wax.
  6. Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any visible debris or excess solution from the ear flap and surrounding area.
  7. Repeat on the other ear.
  8. Watch out for any signs of discomfort or pain, such as your cat pulling away or vocalizing. If you notice anything unusual, stop immediately and consult with your veterinarian.
  9. Avoid using cotton swabs or inserting anything into the ear canal, as this can cause injury or irritation.

Remember, regular ear cleaning is important for maintaining your Somali cat’s health and preventing ear infections. Aim to clean their ears once a month or as recommended by your veterinarian.

Cleaning Your Somali Cat’s Teeth

  1. Start by getting your Somali cat comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and give them a treat or praise.
  2. Once your cat is comfortable, introduce them to a toothbrush specifically designed for cats. You can also use a finger brush or gauze wrapped around your finger.
  3. Apply a small amount of cat toothpaste to the brush or gauze. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.
  4. Gently brush your Somali cat’s teeth in a circular motion, focusing on the gum line. Be sure to brush both the front and back teeth.
  5. If your cat is resistant, start with short brushing sessions and gradually increase the time as they become more comfortable.
  6. Aim to brush your Somali cat’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good oral hygiene.

Remember, regular brushing can help prevent dental problems and keep your Somali cat’s teeth healthy and clean.

Preventing and Addressing Common Coat Issues

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

Fleas and Ticks

How to get rid of cat fleas

  • Use a flea comb to regularly check for fleas and ticks on your cat’s fur.
  • Vacuum your home frequently to remove any fleas or ticks that may be hiding in carpets or furniture.
  • Use a veterinarian-approved flea and tick preventative medication to keep your cat protected year-round.

Matted Fur

Somalis have a thick, long 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 hindquarters to prevent fecal matter from getting stuck in the fur.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Somalis have a thick, luxurious coat that requires regular grooming to prevent matting and hairballs. However, their dense fur can also lead to skin irritation if not properly maintained. To prevent this, brush your Somali’s coat at least once a week and use a high-quality shampoo specifically designed for cats to keep their skin healthy and moisturized.

Frequently Asked Questions About Grooming Somali Cats

How Often Should I Brush My Somali Cat?

You should brush your Somali cat at least once a week to prevent matting and keep their long, silky coat looking healthy and shiny. However, during shedding season, it’s recommended to brush them daily to remove loose fur and prevent hairballs.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Somali Cat?

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