How to Groom A Kinkalow Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Kinkalow Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Dwarf

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Kinkalow has a soft and plush coat that is short to medium in length. Its fur is dense and has a slight wave to it, making it a delight to pet.

Kinkalow Cat

The Kinkalow cat is a relatively new breed that was developed by crossing the Munchkin and the American Curl cats. These cats are known for their short legs and curled ears, which give them a unique and adorable appearance. Kinkalows are friendly and affectionate cats that love to play and cuddle with their owners. They are also intelligent and curious, making them great companions for families with children or other pets.

Kinkalows require regular grooming to keep their coats healthy and shiny, but their short hair makes them relatively low-maintenance compared to other long-haired breeds. Overall, the Kinkalow is a charming and lovable cat that is sure to steal your heart.

Grooming Tools for Kinkalow Cats

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

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 cleanerRemoves debris and cleans the ear to ward off 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
ToothbrushKeeps your cat’s teeth clean to avoid dental problems and promote good oral hygiene$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

Grooming Your Kinkalow Cat: Step-by-Step


Frequency: Brush your Kinkalow 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 Kinkalow Cat

The Kinkalow is a unique breed with a short, plush coat that requires minimal grooming. However, if your Kinkalow gets into something messy or starts to smell, a bath may be necessary.

  1. Start by brushing out any tangles or mats in their coat.
  2. Fill a sink or tub with warm water and add a gentle cat shampoo.
  3. Wet your Kinkalow thoroughly, being careful not to get water in their ears or eyes.
  4. Gently massage the shampoo into their coat, avoiding their face.
  5. Rinse thoroughly and wrap your Kinkalow in a towel to dry.

Be sure to give them plenty of love and treats afterward to make the experience positive.

How Often Should I Bathe My Kinkalow Cat?

You should bathe your Kinkalow cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain their hygiene and prevent matting of their fur.

How to Trim the Nails of a Kinkalow

  1. Gather your tools: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  2. Find a comfortable spot for your Kinkalow, such as a table or your lap.
  3. Hold your Kinkalow gently but firmly, making sure they are relaxed.
  4. Take one paw at a time and gently press on the paw pad to extend the nail.
  5. Use the nail clippers to trim the tip of the nail, being careful not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail).
  6. If you accidentally cut the quick and your Kinkalow starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  7. Repeat the process with the other paws.
  8. Reward your Kinkalow with treats and praise for being a good kitty.

Recommended Frequency of Clipping

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

How to Clean the Ears of a Kinkalow:

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Kinkalow securely and gently lift one ear flap.
  • Squeeze a few drops of the ear cleaning solution into the ear canal. Massage the base of the ear for a few seconds to help the solution work its way in.
  • Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any dirt or debris that comes out of the ear. Be careful not to push anything further into the ear canal.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • If your Kinkalow has a lot of ear wax or discharge, or if you notice any redness or swelling, it’s best to take them to the vet for a check-up.
  • Reward your Kinkalow with a treat or some playtime to make the experience positive.

Things to Look Out For

  • Be gentle when cleaning your Kinkalow’s ears and avoid using Q-tips or other objects that may push debris deeper into the ear canal. If your pet shows signs of discomfort or pain, stop and try again later or seek help from a veterinarian.

Kinkalows Dental Hygiene

  • Start by getting your Kinkalow used to having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth and gums with your finger.
  • Once they are comfortable with this, introduce them to a toothbrush specifically designed for cats. You can find these at your local pet store.
  • Use a small amount of cat toothpaste on the brush and gently brush their teeth in a circular motion. Be sure to focus on the back teeth where plaque and tartar tend to build up.
  • Brush for about 30 seconds on each side of their mouth.
  • Reward your Kinkalow with a treat or praise after each brushing session to make it a positive experience.
  • Aim to brush your Kinkalow’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good oral hygiene.

Kinkalow Cat’s 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. Vacuum carpets and furniture frequently and wash bedding in hot water. Consider using a flea preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian.

Fur Matting

Kinkalows 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 hindquarters to prevent future matting.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Kinkalows are prone to skin irritation due to their folded skin. To prevent this, make sure to clean their skin folds regularly with a damp cloth and keep them dry. If irritation persists, consult with a veterinarian for proper treatment.

How Often Should I Brush My Kinkalow Cat?

You should brush your Kinkalow cat at least once a week to prevent matting and tangles in their long, soft fur. However, if your cat has a particularly thick coat, you may need to brush them more frequently to keep their fur healthy and shiny.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Kinkalow Cat?

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

Are Kinkalow Cats Hypoallergenic?

If you have an allergy to pet hair, it is not recommended to choose a Kinkalow as a pet since this breed is not hypoallergenic.