How to Groom A Lambkin Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Lambkin Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Dwarf

Coat Type & Length: Rex

Coat Texture: The Lambkin has a soft and fluffy coat that is curly and resembles that of a lamb. It requires regular grooming to prevent matting.

Lambkin Cat

Lambkin cats are a relatively new breed that was created by crossing a Munchkin cat with a Selkirk Rex. These cats are known for their short legs and curly fur, which can come in a variety of colors and patterns. Despite their small size, Lambkins are active and playful cats that love to explore and play with toys. They are also known for their affectionate and social personalities, making them great pets for families with children or other pets. However, because of their unique breeding, Lambkins may be prone to certain health issues, so it’s important to choose a reputable breeder and keep up with regular vet check-ups.

Grooming Tools for Lambkin Cats

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

Grooming Tool Description Price
Slicker brush Helps detangle matted hair and remove excess fur $10 – $20
Grooming gloves Gets rid of excess fur while giving a comforting massage $10 – $25
Nail clippers Cuts your cat’s nails in a safe manner to keep overgrowth in check and prevent accidents $5 – $15
Ear cleaner Removes debris and cleans the ear to ward off infections $8 – $15
Cotton balls Made 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
Toothbrush Keeps your cat’s teeth clean to avoid dental problems and promote good oral hygiene $3 – $10
Toothpaste Regular 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
Shampoo Cat 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

Lambkin Cat Care Guide

Brushing Lambkins

Frequency: Brush your Lambkin 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 Lambkin Cat

Lambkin cats have thick, curly 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 coat.

  1. Start by wetting your Lambkin thoroughly with warm water, being careful not to get water in their ears.
  2. Apply a small amount of shampoo and work it into a lather, being sure to massage it into their coat.
  3. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, making sure to remove all the shampoo.
  4. Use a towel to gently pat your Lambkin dry, and then let them air dry the rest of the way.

Remember to brush their coat regularly to prevent matting and tangles.

How Often Should I Bathe My Lambkin Cat?

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

How to Trim the Nails of a Lambkin Cat

  • Cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your Lambkin to sit or lie down.
  • Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly and extend the nail.
  • Identify the quick, the pink part of the nail that contains blood vessels and nerves. Avoid cutting into the quick as it can cause pain and bleeding.
  • Cut the nail at a 45-degree angle, just below the quick. Repeat for all nails.
  • Reward your Lambkin with treats and praise.
  • Repeat every 4-6 weeks, or as needed if you hear clicking sounds when your cat walks or scratches.

How to Clean the Ears of a Lambkin Cat

  1. Cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  2. Hold your Lambkin 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. Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any excess solution and debris from the ear flap and surrounding area.
  6. Repeat on the other ear.
  7. If you notice any redness, swelling, or discharge, stop cleaning and consult your veterinarian. These could be signs of an ear infection.
  8. Avoid using cotton swabs or inserting anything into the ear canal, as this can damage delicate ear structures.
  9. Reward your Lambkin with a treat or some playtime to make the experience positive and enjoyable.

How to Brush the Teeth of a Lambkin Cat Breed

  • Start by getting your Lambkin cat used to having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth with your finger.
  • Once your cat is 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 toothbrush and gently brush your cat’s 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 your cat’s mouth.
  • Reward your cat with a treat or praise after each brushing session to make it a positive experience.
  • Aim to brush your Lambkin’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good oral hygiene.

Lambkin Cat’s 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 bedding in hot water. Consider using a flea preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian.

Matted Fur

Lambkins have a thick, curly 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

Lambkins have a thick, curly coat that can easily become matted and cause skin irritation. Regular brushing and grooming can prevent matting and keep their skin healthy.

How Often Should I Brush My Lambkin Cat?

You should brush your Lambkin cat at least once a week to prevent matting and tangling of their long, curly 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 Lambkin Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Lambkin 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.