How to Groom A LaPerm Cat

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LaPerm Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Moderate

Coat Type & Length: Rex

Coat Texture: The LaPerm has a unique curly coat that is soft to the touch and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Its coat is low maintenance and doesn’t require much grooming.

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LaPerm cats are known for their unique curly coats, which can range from loose waves to tight ringlets. They are a medium-sized breed with a muscular build and a friendly, affectionate personality.

LaPerms are highly adaptable and can thrive in both indoor and outdoor environments. They are also known for their intelligence and playful nature, making them a great choice for families with children or other pets.

Regular grooming is important for LaPerms to maintain their curly coats and prevent matting. Overall, LaPerm cats are a charming and lovable breed that make great companions for any cat lover.

Essential Grooming Tools for LaPerm Cats

Before we begin the grooming process, we need to have the following tools:

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushPerfect for removing tangles and mats from your cat’s coat, leaving it smooth and shiny.$10 – $20
Grooming glovesCarefully eliminates loose fur as it offers a soothing massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersSafely trims your cat’s nails to prevent overgrowth and 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 ballsGently cleans the ears in combination with the ear cleaner$1 – $5
ToothbrushMaintains your cat’s oral health by cleaning their teeth and preventing dental concerns$3 – $10
ToothpasteRemoves plaque and freshens breath; specially formulated for cats$5 – $10
ShampooUse shampoo that’s made specifically for cats. Shampooing your cat will help remove any dirt deep in its fur$3 – $12

Step-by-Step Guide to Grooming Your LaPerm Cat

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your LaPerm 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 LaPerm Cat

LaPerms have a unique curly coat that requires minimal grooming. However, they still need a bath every once in a while.

  1. Start by brushing their coat to remove any tangles or mats.
  2. Wet their coat thoroughly with warm water and apply a gentle cat shampoo.
  3. Massage the shampoo into their coat, being careful not to tangle their curls.
  4. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and towel dry.
  5. Avoid using a blow dryer as it can damage their delicate curls.
  6. LaPerms are known for their affectionate nature, so be sure to give them plenty of love and cuddles after their bath.

How Often Should I Bathe My LaPerm Cat?

You should bathe your LaPerm cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain their coat’s natural oils and prevent skin irritation.

How to Trim the Nails of a LaPerm

  • Gather your tools: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your LaPerm, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly, and use the clippers to trim the tip of the 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.
  • Repeat with the other paws, giving your cat a treat after each paw is done.
  • Aim to trim your LaPerm’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 LaPerm

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your LaPerm securely and gently lift one ear flap.
  • 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.
  • Massage the base of the ear for about 30 seconds to help the solution work its way into the ear canal.
  • Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any excess solution and debris from the ear flap and surrounding area.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • If your LaPerm has excessive ear wax or discharge, or if you notice any redness, swelling, or foul odor, contact your veterinarian. These could be signs of an ear infection or other ear-related issue.

Things to Keep in Mind

Never use Q-tips or other objects to clean your LaPerm’s ears. This can push debris further into the ear canal and potentially damage the ear.

Be gentle when massaging the ear base. Your LaPerm’s ears are sensitive and you don’t want to cause any discomfort or pain.

If your LaPerm is resistant to having their ears cleaned, try offering treats or distracting them with toys to make the process more enjoyable.

How to Brush the Teeth of a LaPerm

  • Start by getting your LaPerm comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth and gums with your finger.
  • Once your cat is comfortable with this, introduce a toothbrush specifically designed for cats. You can find these at your local pet store or online.
  • Apply a small amount of cat-friendly toothpaste to the toothbrush and gently brush your LaPerm’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 LaPerm with a treat or praise after each brushing session to make it a positive experience.
  • Aim to brush your LaPerm’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good oral hygiene.

LaPerm Common Coat Issues

As part of the grooming post-care process you should pay attention to the following potential issues:

Fleas and Ticks

To prevent fleas and ticks on your cat, use a flea comb regularly and keep your cat indoors. You can also use flea and tick prevention products recommended by your veterinarian. If your cat already has fleas, use a flea shampoo and vacuum your home thoroughly to get rid of any remaining fleas.

Matted Fur

LaPerms have a curly coat that can easily become matted if not brushed regularly. Use a metal comb to gently work out any tangles and consider trimming the fur around the ears and paws to prevent matting in those areas.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

LaPerms have a curly coat that can easily become matted if not brushed regularly. Mats can cause skin irritation and even lead to infections. To prevent this, brush your LaPerm at least once a week and consider taking them to a professional groomer for a trim if necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions About Grooming LaPerm Cats

How Often Should I Brush My LaPerm Cat?

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

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My LaPerm Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your LaPerm 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.