How to Groom A Pixie-bob Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Pixie-bob Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Medium

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Pixie-bob has a thick, woolly coat that is soft to the touch and often has a spotted or marbled pattern.

Pixie-bob Cat

Pixie-bob cats are a unique breed known for their wild appearance and dog-like personality. They have a muscular build, short tail, and tufted ears, giving them a distinctive look. Despite their wild appearance, they are known for being affectionate and loyal to their owners. Pixie-bobs are also highly intelligent and can be trained to do tricks or even walk on a leash. They are a great choice for families looking for a playful and interactive pet. When it comes to grooming, their short, dense coat requires minimal maintenance, making them an easy breed to care for.


Grooming Tools for Pixie-bob Cats

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 cleanerRemoves debris and cleans the ear to ward off 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
ToothbrushKeeps your cat’s teeth clean to avoid dental problems and promote good oral hygiene$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

Step-by-Step Guide to Grooming Your Pixie-bob Cat

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your Pixie-bob 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 Pixie-bob Cat

Pixie-bobs are a unique breed with a wild look, but they are actually quite friendly and affectionate.

When it comes to bathing, Pixie-bobs are fairly low maintenance. They have a thick, water-resistant coat that doesn’t require frequent washing. However, if your Pixie-bob gets into something particularly dirty or smelly, you can give them a bath using a gentle cat shampoo.

Start by brushing out any tangles or mats in their fur, then wet them down with warm water.

Apply the shampoo and work it into a lather, being careful not to get it in their eyes or ears.

Rinse thoroughly and towel dry.

Pixie-bobs are generally good about grooming themselves, so you shouldn’t need to bathe them too often.

How Often Should I Bathe My Pixie-bob Cat?

You should bathe your Pixie-bob cat every 4-6 weeks, or as needed if they get particularly dirty or smelly.

Trimming the Nails of a Pixie-Bob Cat

  • Get your 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 use the clippers to trim the tip of the nail, avoiding the quick (the pink part of the nail that contains blood vessels).
  • If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat’s nail starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Repeat with the other paws, giving your cat a treat after each paw is done.
  • Recommended frequency of clipping: once every 2-3 weeks.

Remember, trimming your Pixie-Bob’s nails regularly will help prevent them from getting too long and causing discomfort or even injury.

Cleaning your Pixie-Bob’s Ears

  1. Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (made specifically for cats), and a towel.
  2. Hold your Pixie-Bob securely in your lap or on a table.
  3. Gently lift the ear flap and inspect the ear for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice any of these symptoms, do not clean the ear and consult with your veterinarian.
  4. Squeeze a few drops of the ear cleaning solution into the ear canal. Massage the base of the ear for 20-30 seconds to help the solution work its way into the ear.
  5. 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.
  6. Repeat the process on the other ear.
  7. Reward your Pixie-Bob with a treat or playtime to make the experience positive.

Things to Watch Out For

– Do not use Q-tips or any other objects to clean your Pixie-Bob’s ears, as this can push debris further into the ear canal and cause injury.
– If your Pixie-Bob shows signs of discomfort or pain during the ear cleaning process, stop immediately and consult with your veterinarian.
– Do not use human ear cleaning solutions on your Pixie-Bob, as they can be too harsh and cause irritation. Use only solutions made specifically for cats.

Cleaning Your Pixie-Bob’s Teeth

  • Start by getting your Pixie-Bob cat used to 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 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.
  • Hold your cat’s head gently but firmly and brush their teeth in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth as these are the areas most prone to plaque buildup.
  • Be patient and gentle. If your cat becomes agitated or stressed, take a break and try again later.
  • Aim to brush your Pixie-Bob’s teeth at least once a week. However, if your cat is prone to dental issues, your veterinarian may recommend more frequent brushing.

Pixie-Bob Coat Issues

Grooming your cat is 90% done. However, it’s important to keep an eye on the following “potential” issues:

Fleas and Ticks

– Regularly groom your cat with a flea comb to remove any fleas or ticks.
– Use a flea and tick preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian.
– Keep your home and yard clean and free of debris to prevent flea and tick infestations.

Matted Fur

Pixie-bobs have a thick, dense coat that can easily become matted if not properly groomed. Regular brushing with a slicker brush and combing with a metal comb can prevent matting and keep their coat healthy and shiny. If matting does occur, use a dematting tool or scissors to carefully remove the mats, being careful not to cut the skin.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Pixie-bobs are prone to developing skin allergies and irritations due to their thick, dense coats. Regular grooming and bathing can help prevent these issues, and using a hypoallergenic shampoo can also be beneficial. If your Pixie-bob does develop skin irritation, consult with a veterinarian for proper treatment.

How Often Should I Brush My Pixie-bob Cat?

You should brush your Pixie-bob cat at least once a week to prevent matting and hairballs. However, during shedding season, it’s recommended to brush them daily to keep their coat healthy and shiny.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Pixie-bob Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Pixie-bob 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.

How can you tell if a cat is a Pixiebob?

When searching for a Pixiebob cat, check their tail length. Their facial hair and coloring resemble bobcats, but their tails can be very short or longer. Remember this when looking for one.