How to Groom A Nebelung Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Nebelung Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Foreign 

Coat Type & Length: Semi-long

Coat Texture: The Nebelung has a long, silky coat that is soft to the touch and shimmers in the light. Its fur is dense and requires regular grooming to prevent matting.

Nebelung cat

The Nebelung cat is a rare breed that is known for its long, silky blue-gray fur and bright green eyes. They are a medium-sized cat with a muscular build and a graceful, elegant appearance. Nebelungs are intelligent and affectionate cats that form strong bonds with their owners. They are also known for their quiet and gentle nature, making them a great choice for families with children or other pets. However, their long fur requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling.

Overall, the Nebelung is a beautiful and loving cat that makes a wonderful companion for those who are willing to put in the time and effort to care for their luxurious coat.


Essential Grooming Tools for Nebelung 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 cleanerCleans and removes debris from the ear to prevent infections$8 – $15
Cotton ballsGently cleans the ears in combination with the ear cleaner$1 – $5
ToothbrushCleans your cat’s teeth to prevent dental issues and maintain oral health$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

Now that we have our tools, we can begin the grooming process!


Step-by-Step Guide to Grooming Your Nebelung Cat

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your Nebelung once a week

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

Bathe your Nebelung occasionally to help control shedding.

How to Bathe A Nebelung Cat

The Nebelung is a beautiful breed with long, silky blue-gray fur.

  1. To bathe a Nebelung, start by brushing out any tangles or mats in their fur.
  2. Fill a sink or bathtub with warm water and add a gentle cat shampoo.
  3. Gently wet your Nebelung’s fur, being careful not to get water in their ears or eyes.
  4. Apply the shampoo and massage it into their fur, being careful not to pull or tug on any knots.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, making sure to remove all the shampoo.
  6. Wrap your Nebelung in a towel and gently pat them dry.
  7. Avoid using a hair dryer, as the noise and heat can be stressful for cats.

How Often Should I Bathe My Nebelung Cat?

You should bathe your Nebelung cat only when necessary, such as if they get into something dirty or smelly, as they are known for their self-grooming abilities.

How to Trim the Nails of a Nebelung Cat

  • Gather your supplies: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your Nebelung, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your Nebelung’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 Nebelung starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Reward your Nebelung with a treat and praise after each paw is trimmed.
  • Repeat the process every 2-3 weeks to keep your Nebelung’s nails at a healthy length.

Recommended Frequency of Clipping: Every 2-3 weeks.

How to Clean the Ears of a Nebelung

  • Supplies – cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Approach your Nebelung calmly and gently. Speak to them in a soothing voice to help them relax.
  • Lift the 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 Nebelung with a treat or praise for being a good kitty during the ear cleaning process.

How to a Nebelung Cat’s Teeth

  • Start by getting your Nebelung 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 Nebelung 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 Nebelung cat with a treat or praise after each brushing session to reinforce positive behavior.

Recommended Frequency

Brush your Nebelung 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.

Nebelung 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 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

Nebelungs have long, silky fur 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 hindquarters to prevent fecal matter from getting stuck.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Nebelungs have a thick, dense coat that requires regular grooming to prevent matting and potential skin irritation. Use a slicker brush to remove loose hair and prevent tangles, and consider using a moisturizing shampoo to keep their skin healthy and hydrated.

How Often Should I Brush My Nebelung Cat?

You should brush your Nebelung cat at least once a week to prevent matting and tangles in their long, silky coat. 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 Nebelung Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Nebelung 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, leading to dryness, irritation, and even skin infections. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is pH-balanced and gentle on their skin.

Are all Nebelung cats grey?

Yes, almost all Nebelung cats are grey.