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    How to care for long haired cats?

    Articlegeneral cat adviceTuesday 20 September 2011
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    Long-haired cats are undoubtedly one of the most impressive cat breeds. There a few different long-haired cat breeds one can choose from, such as: Persians, Maine Coons, Balinese, etc. The long-haired cats are usually more popular among cat lover because of their spectacular long coats and elegant appearance. However, owning a long-haired cat is related with many additional tasks a pet owner must put on his list in order to maintain the feline happy and healthy. Fur length affects not only a cat’s look but first of all its health. Long-haired cats require in most of the cases daily grooming with special types of combs and brushes. They also might need bathing on a regular basis. Taking into consideration the entire task related with grooming, next come the dietary needs and requirements. They are slightly different from those of short-haired kittens.

    Diet

    Long-haired cats need to have an appropriate diet and food rich in meat proteins. Long-haired felines are particularly susceptible to dermatitis and hairballs problem but proper diet mixed with grooming might eliminate their risk. You should buy food designed for long-haired cats that is composed at least in 50% of meat, with no grain listed in the first three ingredients. Your cat food should be high in fibre and fatty acids such as Omega-3 and Omega-6. There is a possibility to choose a food designed particularly for certain cat breeds, such as Persians or Maine Coons.

    Grooming & Bathing

    Bathing your cat should be on a regular basis, every 6 to maximum 8 weeks. Prepare all the necessary materials before the bath and remove all the mats and excess fur with a comb. For bathing use only a special cat shampoo and conditioners. Never use human cosmetics for cats as it might irritate their skin. When bathing your cat in cooler weather, use a hairdryer to dry your cat faster. Grooming your cats on a regular basis can prevent matting and shedding. If you find mats try to untangle them with a wide-toothed comb. If you do not find any, you should start brushing your cat with a slicker brush and then use a wide-toothed one followed by a fine-toothed.

    Hairballs

    Long-haired cats can suffer from hairballs. Remember that good diet and regular grooming might prevent them easily. Long-haired cats swallow amounts of hair when grooming themselves what stuck in their digestive system. Hairballs might lead to coughing and vomiting. You can learn here more about how to prevent hairballs in long-haired cats.

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