How to Groom A Traditional Persian Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Traditional Persian Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Cobby

Coat Type & Length: Long

Coat Texture: The Traditional Persian has a long, thick, and luxurious coat that requires daily grooming to prevent matting and tangling. Their fur is soft and silky to the touch, making them a popular choice for those who love to snuggle with their cats.

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The Traditional Persian cat is known for its luxurious, long coat and flat face. They have a round head with small ears and big, expressive eyes. These cats are typically calm and affectionate, making them great companions for those who enjoy a more laid-back lifestyle. However, their long coat requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling.

Traditional Persians should be brushed daily and taken to a professional groomer every few months to keep their coat healthy and tangle-free.

Grooming Tools for Traditional Persian Cats

To groom your Traditional Persian Cat properly, you’ll need the following:

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushRemoves loose hair, untangles minor mats, and keeps the coat shiny$10 – $20
Grooming glovesSoftly detaches shedding hair while delivering a calming massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersHelps you clip your cat’s claws safely to avoid excessive growth and potential harm to itself and other cats/humans$5 – $15
Ear cleanerEar cleaning solutions effectively eliminate unpleasant odors in your cat’s ears by removing wax, debris, and bacteria, thus maintaining cleanliness and promoting overall ear health.$8 – $15
Cotton ballsAllow for precise application of ear cleaning solutions and enable reaching the nooks and crannies of the cat’s ears without causing discomfort$1 – $5
ToothbrushRegular toothbrushing keeps your cat’s mouth clean and reduces the buildup of odor-causing bacteria, resulting in fresher breath$3 – $10
ToothpasteToothpaste designed for cats helps to effectively remove plaque and tartar buildup, promoting healthier teeth and gums.$5 – $10
ShampooCat shampoos are specially formulated to maintain the natural pH balance of a cat’s skin, which helps to prevent skin irritations, dryness, and itching$3 – $12

Grooming Your Traditional Persian Cat

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your Traditional Persian once a day

Technique: Use the wide-toothed comb to remove tangles and mats, then Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Bathe your Traditional Persian occasionally to help control shedding.

Bathing your Traditional Persian Cat

Bathing a Traditional Persian can be a bit of a challenge due to their long, thick coat.

  1. We HIGHLY recommend brushing them thoroughly before getting them wet to prevent matting.
  2. Use a gentle, cat-specific shampoo and warm water to wet their coat, being careful not to get water in their eyes or ears.
  3. Work the shampoo into their coat, being sure to get all the way down to their skin.
  4. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary. After the bath, wrap them in a towel and gently pat them dry.
  5. Brush their coat again to prevent matting and tangles.

How Often Should I Bathe My Traditional Persian Cat?

You should bathe your Traditional Persian cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain their long, thick coat and prevent matting.

Clipping the Nails of a Traditional Persian Cat

  • 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 gently but firmly, and extend one paw at a time.
  • Use the clippers to trim the tip of each 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.
  • Reward your cat with treats and praise after each paw is trimmed.

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

How to Clean the Ears of a Traditional Persian Cat

  • 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 has excessive ear wax or discharge, or if you notice any redness, swelling, or foul odor, contact your veterinarian. These could be signs of an ear infection or other health issues.

Traditional Persian Cat Dental Hygiene

  • Start by getting your cat comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and give them a treat or praise.
  • Once your cat is comfortable, introduce them to a toothbrush specifically designed for cats. You can find these at your local pet store.
  • Use a small amount of cat-friendly toothpaste on the brush and gently brush your cat’s teeth in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth.
  • Be sure to brush the back molars, as these are often neglected and prone to tartar buildup.
  • Brush for about 30 seconds to a minute, gradually increasing the time as your cat becomes more comfortable with the process.
  • Repeat this process 2-3 times a week to maintain good dental hygiene.

Recommended Frequency: 2-3 times a week.

Traditional Persians’ Common Coat Issues

We’re pretty much done with the grooming process. However, we still need to talk about some 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 cat’s environment clean and vacuumed to prevent flea infestations.
  • Check your cat’s fur and skin regularly for any signs of fleas or ticks.

Matted Fur

Traditional Persians are prone to matting due to their long, thick fur. Regular brushing and combing is essential to prevent mats from forming. If mats do occur, use a mat splitter or scissors to carefully cut them out, being careful not to cut the skin.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Traditional Persians are prone to skin irritation due to their long, thick fur. Regular grooming, including daily brushing and occasional bathing, can help prevent matting and skin issues. It’s also important to keep their eyes and nose clean to prevent discharge from causing irritation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Grooming Traditional Persian Cats

How Often Should I Brush My Traditional Persian Cat?

You should brush your Traditional Persian cat at least once a day to prevent matting and tangles in their long, thick coat. Regular brushing also helps distribute natural oils and keeps their coat shiny and healthy.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Traditional Persian Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Traditional Persian 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.