Himalayan Cat Grooming (Step-by-Step Guide)
By Jessica Kim
Himalayans have beautiful, silky coats that are irresistible to touch. However, it does take some work to keep these coats healthy and soft. Since Himalayans have long coats, they need a consistent grooming routine. Inadequate grooming can lead to more significant issues, such as skin infections, tooth decay, and ingrown nails.
Fortunately, a Himalayan’s grooming needs are pretty straightforward. So, once you get a routine going, it’ll be easy for you to help your Himalayan maintain healthy skin and coat. Here’s what you need to get started on building a grooming routine for your Himalayan.
The 6 Himalayan Cat Grooming Steps:
Since Himalayans have long coats with thin hair, it’s easy for their coats to get tangled. So, consistent brushing is a must. Some brushes that can help make brushing quick and easy are slicker brushes, fine-tooth combs, and deshedding tools.
To prevent tangles and mats in the fur, it’s best to brush Himalayans once a day. Start with a slicker brush to detangle and pick up loose hairs. Once you’ve brushed through your Himalayan’s entire coat with the slicker brush, switch to a fine-tooth comb. A fine-tooth comb will pick up additional hair and other material or debris caught in the coat.
If you want to be extra thorough, you can use a deshedding tool. A deshedding tool can pick up additional hair and help keep hair off your furniture and carpets.
Since Himalayans have long hair, they may need bathing. Dust, dirt, and other debris can easily get trapped deep within their fur. Proper brushing can help maintain a clean coat for longer, but these cats usually need an occasional bath.
Some cats may not enjoy bath time, so it’s important to always create and maintain a calm atmosphere for baths. If your cat absolutely resists baths and it becomes dangerous for you, schedule an appointment with a professional groomer that has experience with grooming cats.
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3. Teeth Cleaning
Another important part of routine grooming is teeth cleaning. One of the best ways to keep your Himalayan’s teeth healthy is to brush its teeth with a pet toothbrush and toothpaste. It’s best to brush your cat’s teeth every day, so you can usually do this after you’ve finished brushing your cat’s coat.
Toothbrushing won’t be comfortable for your cat initially, so it’s essential to gradually get your cat used to it. You can start by using a cotton swab and getting your cat acclimated to the taste of the toothpaste and the feeling of something running along its teeth. Once your cat gets used to this, you can switch to using a larger toothbrush.
It’s also important to keep up with routine wellness exams. Veterinarians can determine when your cat needs a teeth cleaning appointment during routine exams.
4. Eye Cleaning
Himalayans have flat faces, which can cause debris and drainage to accumulate around the eyes. So, it’s important to keep the eye area clean.
It’s pretty easy to keep a Himalayan’s eye area clean. Wet a soft washcloth with warm water and gently wipe away any debris around the eyes. Some Himalayans require this area to be cleaned daily, while others don’t need cleanings as frequently. So, make sure to pay attention to your Himalayan’s eyes and look for any buildup that needs to be wiped away.
5. Nail Trimming
A lot of cats do their own nail maintenance by using scratching posts to keep their nails at a manageable length. However, some cats will need some additional help with keeping their nails at a safe and appropriate length.
A Himalayan’s nails are too long if they’re curved, extremely sharp, and don’t retract properly. It’s important to keep your cat’s nails at an appropriate length because overgrown nails can lead to more significant issues, such as an ingrown nail or nails getting caught on carpets and upholstery.
If you have any issues with trimming your cat’s nails, you can always book an appointment with a groomer or veterinarian that can help cut back your Himalayan’s nails.
While trimming your Himalayan’s hair isn’t a necessity, cutting back on its hair can make brushing and bathing much easier.
Never trim your Himalayan’s coat on your own. Working with a reputable groomer can ensure that your cat has a safe haircutting experience.
Establishing a consistent grooming routine is vital for a Himalayan. It’ll keep its coat soft and free of tangles and mats. It can also prevent the development of other health issues, such as skin rashes and inflammation.
So, don’t delay with building a grooming routine for your Himalayan. It’s a simple and practical way to help your cat look and feel clean and healthy.
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