A healthy coat is clean and free of tangles. The fur protects the cat against external influences.
Brushing your cat
The most important thing is brushing your cat. Cats are known to be very hygienic. They clean their coat with their tongue several times a day.
However, you can lend a paw to the cat by brushing or combing his coat so that you remove the loose hair from its fur. A cat licks part of the hair away itself, but if there are a lot of hairs then your cat may suffer from many hairballs. (Tips to reduce hairballs).
Your cat may have a preference for a particular brush or comb. Special gloves are also available with which you can brush the cat. Using a combing glove usually feels a little better for a cat
Start learning coat care as a kitten
Start brushing the coat of your cat at a young age, it is easier to teach a kitten something newthan an adult cat. Also give your kitten time to get used to the brush or comb. Make sure the cat associates brushing with something positive. Reward the cat with its favorite treats during and after brushing its coat.
How often you brush a cat and with which brush depends, among other things, on the length of his fur. You can follow the following guideline:
Shorthaired cats, brush once a week
Use a wire brush with bent teeth for this. You can then use a natural hair brush to make the coat shine beautifully.
Half-long-haired cats comb twice a week
Long-haired cats, combing daily or every other day
For (half) long-haired cats use a felting comb with rounded teeth. This comb is super useful for removing dust and tangles. With this you can also comb the felted fur behind the ears and at the tail nice and smooth.
Then comb with a wire brush with long curved teeth. (Do not use a natural brush for cats with (half) long hair).
Only bathe your cat if it is really necessary.
If your cat suddenly has a very dirty coat, it may be necessary to wash it, the best tips for washing your cat.
During combing you also have the opportunity to check the skin of your cat. Keep a close eye on whether your cat has no bald spots, red spots, excessive flakes or flea relief. If it looks like your cat is suffering from a skin problem, consult your veterinarian.