Persian Kitten Care- Top Grooming Tips
Persian Kitten Care Guide
So you've finally bought your Persian Kitten and entered into the world of Persian cat ownership, but like many of us Persian cat owners, you wonder about Persian kitten care and what are the first things you need to know about looking after one of these beautiful kittens.
I've been there and asked the same question so hopefully, this post will help you and your kitten settle into your new home. Persian kitten care is slightly different to caring for a regular cat due to the Persian cat's unique features such as their long luscious coat and flat doll-like face.
Caring for your Persian kitten's coat
Caring for your Persian kitten's coat is going to be one of the most challenging aspects of looking after your Persian cat. It's best to get your new Persian kitten used to this as early as possible as this will become a daily routine for the rest of its life.
First of all, you need to choose the right cat comb as some just aren't very good with long thick hair like your Persian will have. I've recently done a review of the Best Brush for Long-Haired Cats.
To start off with your kitten will most likely be scared when you try to comb him/her so what I did with Milo was brush him just before meal time or give him a treat just after I'd combed him. This way the kitten will associate being brushed with a positive experience, in this case eating food.
Don't be surprised if it's a bit of a challenge at first, I remember the first few times I brushed Milo he tried to run away or resisted being combed, this is perfectly normal until they become accustomed to it.
You need to learn the correct way to brush a Persian's coat (I'm going to do a video on this shortly). Basically, you need to brush down to the roots applying the right amount of pressure, this will avoid any mats or knots (something you really want to avoid), and brush in the direction of the fur as you would with your own hair. To start with just do small sections of your kitten then stroke them and make a fuss of them so the whole experience is more pleasant for them. Naturally, some kittens will prefer this process to others but if you start off early then they're more likely to cooperate and some Persian cats even enjoy being groomed!
Persian Kitten Eye Care
Due to the Persian's cats ultra flat face, they do tend to suffer from eye problems and this often results in runny eyes that stain the fur. As with grooming their fur I recommend eye cleaning as soon as you get your Persian kitten as this forms part of daily Persian kitten care.
To avoid straining I would advise wiping their eyes daily with cotton wool pads and warm water, this will ensure that crust and hard particles don't build up that can cause further eye problems for your Persian Kitten.
Persian Cat Food Bowls
When looking for cat food bowls for your Persian kitten it's important to note that Persian cats prefer shallow food bowls due to their flat faces. If the bowl is deep the Persian cat will make a mess trying to get food from the bowl and in some instances, they will just refuse to eat from a deep sided bowl as this can rub against their whiskers and annoy them.
Stainless steel bowls tend to be the best in my opinion as they last longer and don't break as easily.
Cleaning your Persian Kitten's Teeth
Brushing your Persian kitten's teeth may sound like a crazy idea right?
Well, according to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information 70% of domestic cats over two years of age and 85% of those aged over five years suffer from some form of oral disease.
Poor dental health in kittens not only affects their teeth but prevents them eating correctly as well as lower the kittens immune system, thus making it more suspectable to other diseases.
Brushing your kitten's teeth is very important but as with other forms of grooming, it must be implemented early. Your kitten will initially resist but over time it should get easier.
First of all, before you start you will need some toothpaste sutable for cats or dogs, human toothpaste can be toxic to animals and shouldn't be used. I recommend Beaphar Toothbrush and Toothpaste kit. The good thing about this cat toothpaste is its fishy smell, the kitten is more likely to want to smell and investigate it.
These are the steps I recommend:
1.) First, you need to get the kitten used to the smell of the toothpaste. Let the kitten smell it and then let it lick the toothpaste. What should then happen is your kitten should get used to the taste and like the fishy smell.
2.) The next stage is to introduce the toothbrush, let the cat smell and bite the toothbrush.
3.) What you now need to do is put some of the toothpaste on the brush (but don't attempt to brush the kitten's teeth). Let the kitten smell the toothpaste and eat it from the brush, don't worry this specially designed toothpaste is designed for animal consumption.
4.) If all of the other steps have gone to plan, then this is the stage where you can gently start brushing the front of the kitten's teeth.
You need to remember that this process can take a while for your kitten to adapt to and get used to, I would say you need to implement one of these steps per day and gradually introduce the process. I didn't introduce this to Milo as a kitten and as a result, he still isn't 100% comfortable with having his teeth brushed.
If you can manage to brush you kittens daily then that's great but at least once per week will help prevent any future dental issues.
Owning a Persian cat does take time and you need to be committed to their upkeep as things can get messy if they aren't groomed often. Even following the steps in this post you may still come across grooming related issues because every cat is different.
I can't emphasise enough the importance of implementing this early on because once your cat is older it will be more difficult to suddenly introduce something into their life that they're not used to (we're all creatures of habit.)
Thank you for reading this Persian kitten care post, I hope it will help you with your Persian kitten. Leave your comments in the section below and I'll do my best to reply to them.