How to Groom A Peterbald Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Peterbald Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Oriental

Coat Type & Length: Hairless, Velour, or straight coat

Coat Texture: The Peterbald has a unique coat texture that can range from completely hairless to a short, velvety coat. Some may even have a fine, curly coat.

Peterbald Cat

Peterbald cats are a unique breed known for their hairless or short, fine coat. They are highly intelligent and social cats that love to be around their owners. Peterbalds are also known for their long, slender bodies and large ears. 

They are active and playful, making them great companions for families with children or other pets. Due to their lack of fur, Peterbalds require regular grooming to maintain their skin health and prevent sunburn. 

Peterbald Cats Grooming Tools

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

Grooming Tool Description
Nail clippers Trims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries
Ear cleaner Helps reduce the buildup of bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microorganisms in your cat’s ears, thereby preventing ear infections
Cotton balls Effectively 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
Toothbrush Maintains your cat’s oral health by cleaning their teeth and preventing dental concerns
Toothpaste Cat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor
Shampoo Cat 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

Grooming A Peterbald Cat

Brushing Your Peterbald

Since Peterbalds have no hair, you won’t have to worry about this step. Jump straight into bathing.

Bathing your Peterbald Cat

  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. Gently wet your Peterbald’s coat, being careful not to get water in their ears or eyes.
  4. Apply the shampoo and massage it into their coat, being careful not to rub too hard.
  5. Rinse thoroughly and wrap your Peterbald in a towel to dry.
  6. Avoid using a hair dryer, as this can be too harsh on their skin.

How Often Should I Bathe My Peterbald Cat?

You should bathe your Peterbald cat once every 4-6 weeks to maintain their unique skin and coat.

How to Trim the Nails of a Peterbald

  • Gather your supplies: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your Peterbald, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your Peterbald’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 Peterbald starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Repeat with each nail, giving your Peterbald a treat after each successful trim.
  • Aim to trim your Peterbald’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort.

Remember, trimming your Peterbald’s nails can be a bit tricky, so don’t hesitate to seek the help of a professional groomer if you’re unsure or uncomfortable with the process.

How to Clean the Ears of a Peterbald

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Peterbald 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.
  • Watch out for any signs of discomfort or pain, such as your Peterbald pulling away or meowing. If you notice anything unusual, stop immediately and consult with your veterinarian.
  • Reward your Peterbald with a treat or some playtime to make the experience positive and enjoyable for them.

Brushing Your Peterbald’s Teeth

  1. Start by getting your Peterbald cat comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth and gums with your finger.
  2. 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.
  3. Use a small amount of cat-friendly toothpaste on the toothbrush. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.
  4. Gently brush your Peterbald’s teeth in a circular motion, focusing on the outer surfaces of the teeth and gums.
  5. Be sure to brush the back molars as well, as these are often missed.
  6. Brush for about 30 seconds to a minute, or until your cat becomes restless.
  7. Reward your Peterbald with a treat or praise after each brushing session to reinforce positive behavior.

Recommended Frequency: Brush your Peterbald’s teeth at least once a week to maintain good oral hygiene. If your cat is prone to dental issues, your veterinarian may recommend more frequent brushing.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Peterbalds are prone to dry skin and dandruff, which can lead to itching and irritation. Regular grooming with a gentle brush and moisturizing shampoo can help keep their skin healthy and comfortable.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Peterbald Cat?

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