How to Groom A Javanese Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Javanese Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Oriental

Coat Type & Length: Long

Coat Texture: The Javanese cat breed has a silky, medium-length coat that is soft to the touch. Their fur is fine and lies close to their body, with a slight wave to it.

Javanese Cat

Javanese cats are known for their sleek and elegant appearance. They have long, slender bodies and a wedge-shaped head with large, pointed ears. Their coat is soft and silky and comes in a variety of colors including seal, blue, chocolate, and lilac. Javanese cats are highly intelligent and affectionate and love to be around their owners. They are also very active and playful, and require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. With their striking looks and charming personalities, Javanese cats make wonderful companions for anyone looking for a lively and loving feline friend.

Grooming Tools for Javanese Cats

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

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushHelps detangle matted hair and remove excess fur$10 – $20
Grooming glovesGets rid of excess fur while giving a comforting massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersCuts your cat’s nails in a safe manner to keep overgrowth in check and prevent accidents$5 – $15
Ear cleanerReduces Wax and Debris Accumulation$8 – $15
Cotton ballsMade from soft fibers that won’t irritate or scratch the delicate skin inside a cat’s ears, ensuring a comfortable and safe cleaning experience$1 – $5
ToothbrushReduces Plaque and Tartar Buildup$3 – $10
ToothpasteRegular use of cat toothpaste can help prevent periodontal disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay, contributing to your cat’s overall health and well-being$5 – $10
ShampooCat shampoos are made with mild and non-toxic ingredients that are specifically chosen to be gentle on your cat’s skin and fur, reducing the risk of adverse reactions and irritation compared to using human shampoos$3 – $12

Step-by-Step Guide to Grooming A Javanese Cat

Brushing Your Javanese

Frequency: Brush your Javanese once a week

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

Increase the frequency of brushing during shedding seasons (typically spring and fall). Provide your cat with a balanced diet and omega-3 supplements to promote a healthy coat and minimize shedding.

Bathing

When it comes to bathing your Javanese cat, it’s important to remember that they have a long, silky coat that requires regular grooming. Before you start, make sure you have a gentle cat shampoo and a soft brush on hand.

Begin by brushing your cat’s coat to remove any tangles or mats.

Wet your cat’s coat thoroughly with warm water, being careful not to get water in their ears.

Apply the shampoo and lather it gently into your cat’s coat, taking care to avoid their face and eyes.

Rinse thoroughly with warm water, making sure to remove all the shampoo.

Finally, wrap your cat in a towel and gently pat them dry.

How Often Should I Bathe My Javanese Cat?

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

How to Trim the Nails of a Javanese Cat:

  • Gather your supplies: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your Javanese cat, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat gently but firmly, and extend one paw at a time.
  • Use the nail 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 Javanese cat with treats and praise after each paw is trimmed.

Recommended Frequency of Clipping

Trim your Javanese cat’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort or damage to furniture.

How to Clean the Ears of a Javanese Cat

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Javanese cat 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 Javanese cat with a treat or praise for being a good patient.

Things to Watch Out For:

When cleaning your cat’s ears, avoid using Q-tips or any other objects as they can cause injury by pushing debris further into the ear canal. If your Javanese cat appears uncomfortable or in pain during the cleaning process, it’s advisable to stop and seek your veterinarian’s advice. Additionally, if you observe any unusual discharge, redness or odor in your cat’s ears, it’s recommended to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible as it may be an indicator of an ear infection or other health concerns.

How to Brush the Teeth of a Javanese Cat

  • Start by getting your Javanese cat comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth with your finger.
  • Once your cat is comfortable with having their mouth touched, introduce them to a toothbrush. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush specifically designed for cats.
  • Apply a small amount of cat toothpaste to the toothbrush. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.
  • Gently brush your Javanese cat’s teeth in a circular motion, focusing on the outer surfaces of the teeth. Be sure to brush the back teeth as well.
  • Brush for about 30 seconds on each side of the mouth. Gradually increase the brushing time as your cat becomes more comfortable with the process.
  • Reward your Javanese cat with a treat or praise after each brushing session to reinforce positive behavior.

Recommended Frequency

Brush your Javanese cat‘s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good oral hygiene. Regular brushing can help prevent dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay.

Javanese Common Coat Issues

Grooming your cat is 90% done. However, it’s important to keep an eye on the following “potential” issues:

Fleas and Ticks

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

Matted Fur

Javanese cats have long, silky hair that can easily become matted if not brushed regularly. To prevent matting, brush your Javanese cat at least once a week with a slicker brush and a metal comb. If you do find mats, use a mat splitter or scissors to carefully cut them out, being careful not to cut the cat’s skin.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Javanese cats have a tendency to develop skin allergies, which can cause itching and redness. To address this issue, it’s important to identify the allergen and eliminate it from the cat’s environment. Regular grooming and bathing can also help to soothe irritated skin.

How Often Should I Brush My Javanese Cat?

You should brush your Javanese cat at least once a week to prevent matting and tangles in their long, silky coat. Daily brushing is recommended during shedding season to remove loose fur and prevent hairballs.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Javanese Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Javanese 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.

Are Javanese Cats High Maintenance?

The Javanese breed of cat does not require an undercoat and is therefore low maintenance. They can benefit from regular combing, but their coats do not easily form mats. While some may consider Javanese cats hypoallergenic due to their light hair and lack of an undercoat, it is important to note that no cat can be completely hypoallergenic.