How to Groom A Toybob Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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The Toybob cat is a relatively new breed that originated in Russia. These cats are small in size, with a round head and short legs. They have a thick, plush coat that comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Toybobs are known for their affectionate and playful personalities, making them great companions for families with children. They are also highly intelligent and can be trained to do tricks and even walk on a leash.

Despite their small size, Toybobs are sturdy and athletic and enjoy playing and exploring their surroundings. Regular grooming is important for these cats to keep their coat healthy and shiny.

Toybob Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Dwarf

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Toybob has a short, plush coat that is soft to the touch. Its fur is dense and comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

Toybob Cat

Essential Grooming Tools for Toybob Cats

cat grooming tools

In order to groom Toybob 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

Grooming Your Toybob Cat

Brushing Your Toybob Cat

Frequency: Brush your Toybob 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 Toybob Cat

The Toybob is a small and adorable cat breed that doesn’t require frequent bathing. However, if your Toybob gets into something dirty or smelly, you can give them a bath. Start by brushing their coat to remove any tangles or mats.

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

Wet your Toybob’s coat thoroughly and lather up the shampoo, being careful not to get any in their eyes or ears.

Rinse thoroughly with warm water and wrap your Toybob in a towel to dry them off.

Be sure to give them plenty of love and treats after their bath to make it a positive experience.

How Often Should I Bathe My Toybob Cat?

You should bathe your Toybob cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain their coat and skin health.

Nail Trimming

Toybob cat nail trimming

How to Trim the Nails of a Toybob Cat:

  • Gather your supplies: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your Toybob, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat gently but firmly, and extend one paw at a time.
  • Use the clippers to trim the tip of each 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.
  • Reward your Toybob with treats and praise after each paw is trimmed.
  • Repeat the process every 2-3 weeks to keep your Toybob’s nails at a healthy length.

Recommended Frequency of Clipping: Every 2-3 weeks.

Ear Cleaning

How to Clean the Ears of a Toybob:

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Toybob 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 Toybob with a treat or playtime for being a good sport during the ear cleaning process.

Things to Watch Out For:

  • Never use sharp objects to clean your Toybob’s ears, as this can damage the ear canal and cause pain or infection.
  • If your Toybob 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 Toybob’s ears, contact your veterinarian for a check-up.

Cleaning Your Cat’s Teeth

How to Brush the Teeth of a Toybob Cat Breed:

  1. Start by getting your Toybob used to having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth and gums with your finger.
  2. Once your Toybob 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. Hold your Toybob gently but firmly and brush their teeth in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth as these are the areas most prone to plaque buildup.
  5. Be patient and gentle. If your Toybob becomes agitated or stressed, take a break and try again later.

Recommended Frequency

Brush your Toybob’s teeth at least once a week to maintain good oral hygiene. However, if your Toybob is prone to dental issues, your veterinarian may recommend more frequent brushing.

Preventing and Addressing Common Coat Issues

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

Fleas and Ticks

Cat fleas life Cycle
Credit: Tevra Pet

– Use a flea comb to regularly check for fleas and ticks on your cat’s fur.
– Keep your cat indoors to reduce the risk of exposure to fleas and ticks.
– Use a veterinarian-approved flea and tick prevention product to protect your cat from infestations.

Matted Fur

Toybobs have a thick, 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 paws to prevent future matting.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Toybobs are prone to developing skin allergies and irritations due to their sensitive skin. Regular grooming with a gentle brush and hypoallergenic shampoo can help prevent these issues.

How Often Should I Brush My Toybob Cat?

You should brush your Toybob 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 Toybob Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Toybob 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.