How to Groom An Oriental Shorthair Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Oriental Shorthair Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Oriental

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Oriental Shorthair has a sleek and smooth coat that is short in length. It is soft to the touch and comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

Oriental Shorthair Cat

Oriental Shorthair cats are known for their sleek and slender bodies, with long legs and a wedge-shaped head. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, including solid colors, tabby, and bi-color. These cats are highly intelligent and active and require plenty of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy. 

Oriental Shorthairs are also known for their vocal nature, and love to communicate with their owners through meows and chirps. Regular grooming is important for Oriental Shorthairs, as their short, fine coat can easily become matted or tangled. Overall, these cats make great companions for those who are looking for an energetic and talkative feline friend.

Essential Grooming Tools for Oriental Shorthair Cats

In order to groom Oriental Shorthair 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 cleanerHelps reduce the buildup of bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microorganisms in your cat’s ears, thereby preventing ear infections$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
ToothbrushMaintains your cat’s oral health by cleaning their teeth and preventing dental concerns$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

How to Groom An Oriental Shorthair Cat


Frequency: Brush your Oriental Shorthair once or twice 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 Oriental Shorthair with a balanced diet and omega-3 supplements to promote a healthy coat and minimize shedding.

Bathing your Oriental Shorthair Cat

Bathing an Oriental Shorthair is a breeze! These cats have short, sleek coats that don’t require much maintenance.

  1. Start by brushing their coat to remove any loose hair or debris.
  2. Fill a sink or bathtub with warm water and add a gentle cat shampoo.
  3. Wet your cat thoroughly and lather up the shampoo, being careful not to get any in their eyes or ears.
  4. Rinse your cat thoroughly with warm water and wrap them in a towel to dry.

Oriental Shorthairs are known for their love of water, so don’t be surprised if they enjoy the bath!

How Often Should I Bathe My Oriental Shorthair Cat?

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

How to Trim the Nails of an Oriental Shorthair

  • Gather your supplies: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your cat, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly and press on the pad to extend the nail.
  • 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.
  • Reward your cat with treats and praise for being a good kitty.

Recommended frequency of clipping: Once every 2-3 weeks.

How to Clean the Ears of an Oriental Shorthair

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your cat securely and gently lift one ear flap to expose the ear canal.
  • 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 debris or excess solution from the ear canal and ear flap. Be careful not to push the debris further into the ear canal.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • If your cat’s ears are particularly dirty or have a strong odor, or if you notice any signs of infection (redness, swelling, discharge), consult your veterinarian.
  • Reward your cat with a treat or some playtime to make the experience positive.


  • Be gentle! Don’t insert anything into your cat’s ear canal, and don’t use too much pressure when wiping the ear flap.
  • If your cat seems uncomfortable or in pain during the process, stop and try again later or seek veterinary assistance.
  • Don’t use human ear cleaning solutions or alcohol to clean your cat’s ears, as these can be harmful to cats. Use a product specifically designed for cats.

How to Brush the Teeth of an Oriental Shorthair

  • Start by getting your Oriental Shorthair comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and give them a treat.
  • Once they are comfortable, introduce a toothbrush and toothpaste made specifically for cats. Let them sniff and taste the toothpaste.
  • Apply a small amount of toothpaste to the toothbrush and gently brush their teeth in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth.
  • Be sure to brush the back molars, as these are often missed and can lead to dental problems.
  • Brush for about 30 seconds on each side of the mouth.
  • Reward your Oriental Shorthair with a treat or praise after brushing.
  • Aim to brush your Oriental Shorthair’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good dental health.

Regular dental care is important for all cats, including Oriental Shorthairs. By following these simple steps, you can help keep your cat’s teeth and gums healthy and prevent dental problems down the road.

Oriental Shorthairs Common Coat Issues

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

Fleas and Ticks

– Use a flea comb to regularly check for fleas and ticks
– Use a veterinarian-approved flea and tick preventative treatment to keep your cat protected

Matted Fur

Oriental Shorthairs have a short, fine coat that rarely mats. However, if mats do occur, use a slicker brush to gently remove them, being careful not to pull on the cat’s skin.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Oriental Shorthairs are prone to skin allergies and irritations, which can cause excessive scratching and hair loss. Regular grooming and a high-quality diet can help prevent these issues, but if they persist, a visit to the vet may be necessary to determine the underlying cause.

How Often Should I Brush My Oriental Shorthair Cat?

You should brush your Oriental Shorthair cat at least once a week to keep their short, fine coat looking sleek and shiny. However, if your cat sheds heavily or has a tendency to develop hairballs, you may want to brush them more frequently, up to every other day. Regular brushing also helps to distribute natural oils throughout their coat and can prevent matting.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Oriental Shorthair Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Oriental Shorthair 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, itching, and irritation. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for their skin.