One of your greatest responsibilities as a Persian or Himalayan cat owner will be to keep your fluffy friend clean, well-groomed, and knot-free. As may be expected from a breed famous for its long fur, proper grooming is a necessity. Regular face cleaning is also necessary as Persians often have runny eyes and noses. We will tell you what you need for grooming and cleaning your Persian, why it's important,, and also give you tips on how to do it.
Grooming is very important for Persian and Himalayan cats, and you should comb and brush your cat daily (kittens can be combed less frequently, but it's a good idea to get into the habit). To remove knots from your kitten's fur, we suggest you use a wide tooth metal comb. A slicker brush afterwards is perfect for fluffing your cat's coat, and shows off the Persian in your cat.
When you notice your cat's coat is starting to look ragged (this usually starts on the stomach) it is time for a bath. Here's a checklist of things you will need
Before bathing is a great time to trim your cats nails. This is especially important with Persians, because their claws grow in a hook shape, causing them to grow into their paw pads. We recommend the scissor type cat clips for this job.
Now it's time to start bathing. Before putting your Persian in the water, use GenTeal® lubricant on his eyes and place cotton balls in his ears to protect your Persian's face. Persian cats secrete oils from their skin, and this oil leads to matted fur. We suggest you bath your cat ivory soap to remove the oil. Baby shampoo is good for cleaning your kitties face, as this is gentle on their eyes. The cotton balls used to protect your cats ears are also good for cleaning them, this can be done next. You can use the cotton ball when you are done to thoroughly clean the ears. After bathing you will need to blow dry your kitten, but make sure the blow dryer is not set to hot. This may hurt your Persian kitty, who's probably not too happy with you anyway after having a bath. When your Persian is dry, comb and then brush his hair to fluff the hair as discussed in the previous grooming section. And that's all there is to it.
Daily face care
Persians have very big eyes so they can get dry and are more likely to get dirt and other particles in them. You will most likely need to wipe your kitten's eyes daily. The following routine can be used, use the first two step if your kitten has normal drainage, if there is excessive drainage try steps 3 and 4: