How to Groom A Japanese Bobtail Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Japanese Bobtail Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Moderate

Coat Type & Length: Short/Long

Coat Texture: The Japanese Bobtail has a short, silky coat that is easy to maintain and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Their fur is soft to the touch and has a luxurious feel.

Japanese Bobtail Cat

The Japanese Bobtail cat is a unique breed known for its short, bobbed tail and playful personality. These cats are highly intelligent and love to interact with their owners, often following them around the house and even playing fetch. They have a distinctive vocalization that sounds like a chirp, which they use to communicate with their humans.

Japanese Bobtails are also known for their love of water and may even join their owners in the shower or bath. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, including calico, tortoiseshell, and solid white.

Grooming Tools for Japanese Bobtail Cats

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

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushGets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat$10 – $20
Grooming glovesGently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersTrims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries$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 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$1 – $5
ToothbrushMaintains your cat’s oral health by cleaning their teeth and preventing dental concerns$3 – $10
ToothpasteCat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor$5 – $10
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$3 – $12

Let’s begin grooming our cats!


Grooming Your Japanese Bobtail Cat

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your Japanese Bobtail once or twice 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 Japanese Bobtail Cat

When it comes to bathing your Japanese Bobtail, it’s important to keep in mind that they have a unique coat that requires special attention.

  1. Start by brushing their fur thoroughly to remove any tangles or mats.
  2. Use a gentle cat shampoo and warm water to wet their coat. Avoid getting water in their ears or eyes.
  3. Gently massage the shampoo into their fur, being careful not to rub too hard. Rinse thoroughly and wrap them in a towel to dry.
  4. Japanese Bobtails have a tendency to get cold easily, so make sure they are kept warm until they are completely dry.

How Often Should I Bathe My Japanese Bobtail Cat?

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

How to Trim the Nails of a Japanese Bobtail

  1. Start by getting your Japanese Bobtail comfortable with having their paws handled. Gently touch and massage their paws regularly to get them used to the sensation.
  2. Use a pair of sharp, high-quality cat nail clippers to trim your Japanese Bobtail’s nails. Avoid using human nail clippers or dull clippers, as they can crush the nail and cause pain.
  3. Hold your Japanese Bobtail’s paw firmly but gently, and use the clippers to snip off the very tip of the nail. Be careful not to cut too close to the quick, which is the pink part of the nail that contains blood vessels and nerves.
  4. If you accidentally cut the quick, apply a small amount of styptic powder or cornstarch to the nail to stop the bleeding.
  5. Repeat the process for each nail, taking breaks as needed to keep your Japanese Bobtail calm and comfortable.
  6. Aim to trim your Japanese Bobtail’s nails every 2-3 weeks to keep them at a healthy length and prevent them from becoming too sharp or causing damage to furniture or other surfaces.

How to Clean the Ears of a Japanese Bobtail

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (made specifically for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Japanese Bobtail 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 any of these symptoms, do not clean the ear and consult with 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 or pad 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 Japanese Bobtail with a treat or praise for being a good kitty during the ear cleaning process.

Do not use human ear cleaning solutions or alcohol to clean your Japanese Bobtail ears. These can be harmful to cats. If your Japanese Bobtail shows signs of discomfort or pain during the ear-cleaning process, stop immediately and consult with your veterinarian.

How to Brush the Teeth of a Japanese Bobtail

  • Start by getting your Japanese Bobtail comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and give them a treat or praise.
  • Once they are comfortable with this, introduce a toothbrush specifically designed for cats. You can find these at your local pet store.
  • Use a small amount of cat-friendly toothpaste on the toothbrush and gently brush your Japanese Bobtail’s teeth in a circular motion.
  • Focus on the outside of the teeth, as this is where plaque and tartar build-up is most common.
  • Be sure to brush the back molars, as these are often neglected and can cause dental issues.
  • Brush for about 30 seconds to a minute, gradually increasing the time as your Japanese Bobtail becomes more comfortable with the process.
  • Repeat this process 2-3 times a week to maintain good dental hygiene.

Recommended Frequency: 2-3 times a week.

Japanese Bobtails’ Common Coat Issues

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

Fleas and Ticks

To prevent fleas and ticks on your cat, use a flea comb regularly and keep your home clean and vacuumed. You can also use flea and tick prevention products recommended by your veterinarian. If you notice any signs of fleas or ticks, such as scratching or biting, consult with your vet for treatment options.

Matted Fur

Japanese Bobtails have a thick, fluffy coat that can easily become matted if not groomed 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

Japanese Bobtails are prone to skin allergies and irritations, which can cause excessive scratching and hair loss. Regular grooming and a high-quality diet can help prevent these issues, but if they persist, a visit to the vet may be necessary to determine the underlying cause.

Frequently Asked Questions About Grooming Japanese Bobtail Cats

How Often Should I Brush My Japanese Bobtail Cat?

You should brush your Japanese Bobtail cat at least once a week to prevent matting and hairballs. 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 Japanese Bobtail Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Japanese Bobtail 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.