How to Groom A Toyger Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Toyger cats are a relatively new breed that was developed to resemble miniature tigers. They have a muscular build, with a broad head and round ears. Their coat is short and dense, with bold, dark stripes on a bright orange background. Toygers are known for their playful and affectionate personalities, making them great pets for families with children. They are also highly intelligent and can be trained to do tricks or walk on a leash. Toygers require regular grooming to keep their coat healthy and shiny, but they are generally low-maintenance cats.

Toyger Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Moderate 

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Toyger has a short, soft coat that is dense and plush to the touch. Its coat is marked with bold, tiger-like stripes that make it look like a miniature tiger.

Brushing a Toyger Cat

Essential Grooming Tools for Toyger Cats

cat grooming supplies

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

Grooming ToolDescription
Slicker brushGets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat
Grooming glovesGently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage
Nail clippersTrims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries
Ear cleanerHelps reduce the buildup of bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microorganisms in your cat’s ears, thereby preventing ear infections
Cotton ballsEffectively 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
ToothbrushMaintains your cat’s oral health by cleaning their teeth and preventing dental concerns
ToothpasteCat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor
ShampooCat 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

Equipped with our grooming tools, we’re ready to start grooming our cats!

Grooming Your Toyger Cat

Brushing Your Cat

Brushing a Toyger Cat

Brush your Toyger once or twice a week

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

Use a de-shedding tool to remove loose hair and minimize shedding.

Bathing your Toyger Cat

When it comes to bathing your Toyger, it’s important to remember that they have a short, dense coat that doesn’t require frequent washing. In fact, over-bathing can strip their coat of its natural oils and cause skin irritation.

Aim to bathe your Toyger no more than once every few months, or as needed if they get particularly dirty or smelly.

Use a gentle, cat-specific shampoo and warm water, and be sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid any residue.

After the bath, wrap your Toyger in a towel and gently pat them dry, being careful not to rub or tangle their fur. And don’t forget to reward them with a treat or some extra playtime for being such a good sport!

How Often Should I Bathe My Toyger Cat?

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

Nail Trimming

An illustration of a cat's nail quick
Credit: East Port Vet

How to Trim the Nails of a Toyger:

  1. Gather your supplies: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  2. Find a comfortable spot for your Toyger to sit or lie down.
  3. Hold your Toyger’s paw gently but firmly.
  4. Use the clippers to trim the tip of the nail, being careful not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail).
  5. If you accidentally cut the quick and your Toyger starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  6. Repeat with the other paws.
  7. Reward your Toyger with treats and praise for being a good kitty.

Recommended Frequency of Clipping

Trim your Toyger’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort or damage to furniture.

Ear Cleaning

How to Clean the Ears of a Toyger:

  1. Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  2. Hold your Toyger gently but firmly, making sure they are comfortable and not struggling.
  3. 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.
  4. Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any dirt or debris that comes out of the ear. Be careful not to push anything further into the ear canal.
  5. Repeat on the other ear.
  6. If your Toyger has a lot of ear wax or debris, you may need to repeat the process a few times until the ear is clean.
  7. Once you’re finished, give your Toyger a treat and lots of praise for being a good kitty!
  8. Watch out for any signs of discomfort or irritation, such as scratching at the ears or shaking their head excessively. If you notice anything unusual, contact your vet for advice.

Cleaning Your Cat’s Teeth

How to Brush the Teeth of a Toyger:

  1. Start by getting your Toyger used to having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth and gums with your finger.
  2. Once they are comfortable with this, introduce them to a toothbrush designed for cats. Use a small, soft-bristled brush.
  3. Apply a small amount of cat toothpaste to the brush. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.
  4. Hold your Toyger’s head gently but firmly and brush their teeth in a circular motion. Focus on the outside of the teeth as this is where plaque and tartar build-up occurs.
  5. Be patient and gentle. If your Toyger becomes agitated or stressed, stop and try again later.
  6. Aim to brush your Toyger’s teeth at least once a week. However, if they have a history of dental problems, your vet may recommend more frequent brushing.

Remember, regular dental care is important for your Toyger’s overall health and well-being. By following these simple steps, you can help keep their teeth and gums healthy and prevent dental issues down the line.

Preventing and Addressing Common Coat Issues

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

Fleas and Ticks

  1. Use a flea comb to regularly check for fleas and ticks on your cat’s fur.
  2. Keep your cat indoors to reduce the risk of exposure to fleas and ticks.
  3. Use a veterinarian-approved flea and tick prevention product to protect your cat from infestations.

Matted Fur

Toygers have a short, dense coat that rarely mats. However, if you notice any mats, use a slicker brush to gently remove them.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Toygers are generally healthy cats, but they may be prone to skin allergies and irritations. To prevent these issues, make sure to groom your Toyger regularly and keep their environment clean. If your Toyger does develop skin irritation, consult with your veterinarian to determine the best course of treatment.

How Often Should I Brush My Toyger Cat?

You should brush your Toyger cat at least once a week to keep their coat healthy and shiny. However, during shedding season, it’s recommended to brush them more frequently, up to two to three times a week, to prevent matting and hairballs.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Toyger Cat?

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