Long Haired VS Short Haired Cats: What's Better For You?
Grooming is going to be easier going with short hair cats. A simple pet brush will give you bonding time with your feline and get rid of the shedding at the same time. With short hair, however, keep in mind that this means there is usually more shedding. Do you have all carpet? Plan on vacuuming 2-3 times a week to keep the pet fur off of your furniture.
My cat loves the feel of this!
Other Short Hair Grooming & Maintenance
For short hair cats, grooming is minimal. You can brush but do not have to (though I bet your feline friend will insist). Actually, using a rubber product such as the glove in the Amazon bubble to the right is a simple way of brushing off all the loose hairs on your kitty while still getting to spend the bonding time with your cat.
And while it is still suggested to bathe your short hair cat, it's not such a big to-do as with long hair cats, and you surely do not have to do it as often.
With cats who have medium hair length, the grooming is sometimes tedious, especially if your cat is prone to matting. Luckily, there are hair softeners and de-tanglers that will help with this. When budgeting what kind of treats to get your beloved friend, make sure to grab one of these every once in a while. This will make your grooming as well as your pet's grooming of itself much easier! Check out the Ultimate Touch Instant Mat & Tangle Remover in the Amazon box below! It says it's for dogs, but it's super cheap and can just as safely be used on your cat.
This product is stated on Amazon to "recommended by professional groomers and handlers to remove mats and tangles quickly."
For a cat with long fur, the shedding is usually less, but the matting is sometimes so much worse. Because of this, you simply have to be willing to groom your cat. If you have a cat with long hair, and they are getting their tongue stuck by trying to groom themselves, you have a mat on your hands. Again, check the De-Matting tool to the right! It's cheap and safe. Your kitty will love the time you spend with them, and they will feel relieved when they can lick themselves without knots!
Other Long Hair Grooming & Maintenance
It is suggested to give long hair cats gentle baths, as anything too rough will knot the hair right back up. Imagine having to brush that out again?
Give your long hair cat a bath once a month, and make sure to wipe around the eyes of the ones who might have more eye stains than others. To get rid of these stains, I've heard people using Hydrogen Peroxide, but I'm not sure I'd suggest that. Your best best is to probably use a soft dish soap such as Dawn dish soap.
Break! Look at pictures of kitties!
While you digest whether grooming is something you want to do, look at these cute long hair beauties! Their descriptions will also make you go "awwwww."
Types of Long Hair Cats
Persians are gentle, quiet souls. They speak more with their eyes than their mews, and children are on the Okay List, as long as they are as gentle as the cat themselves. Cat and owner personalities are best matched when they can give each other what the other needs!
Himalayans, bless their hearts, love attention and play times, though you'll be more likely to see them lounging on your sofa than peering at you from the top of your furniture. They're pretty easy to get along with!
There is the British Long Hair, which I think is just gorgeous, but it's not as common as the short hair. My family had a blue/gray cat when I was younger. She was a short hair, but the British Long Hair reminds me so much of her.
There is a Tiffanie Cat, which is the best of Persian and the Burmese bred together. I think this is my favorite breed of long hair cats right now. They are beautiful, their breed name is almost dainty, and of course they can be either dainty or sturdy as cats will be. The best part? They're known to play fetch with you!
This cat REALLY loves being brushed!
Short hair cats are generally cleaner about the litter. They may make a mess right next to the litter box with their digging, but a simple rubber mat can fix that. Just remember to vacuum or sweep it up often.
When it comes to litter and feces becoming stuck, this is rarely a problem with short hair cats. The shorter fur is simply not as dangerously close! If you do see it happening, however, their stool might be too soft, and this means their diet isn't right. Keep in mind that hard food usually better.
Do you prefer long hair or short hair cats?
Medium and Long Hair
Unfortunately, these beauties are prone to getting litter residue stuck in their fur. Again, grooming greatly helps this. The less matting in the fur, the less hair in danger of dragging in the litter box. Some owners will even trim their long hair cats' tails or bottom to keep it out of the way.
Again if you have a cat with medium length or long hair, you simply have to be willing to groom. Just brushing out litter residue or trimming the fur away in appropriate areas, keeping on top of it is the only way to ensure yourself a clean kitty.
Other Litter Maintenance Tips
Also consider keeping up on your cat's claws. Longer claws will enable dirty litter to stick and get stuck, meaning litter tracked throughout the house and much more vacuuming and sweeping. When you keep up with cat claw maintenance, it puts this occurrence back down to zero.
Fortunately, some cats will bite their claws to keep them at a short length. My Prince Fredward does not, however, and he and I do a monthly clipping.
For proper clipping techniques, I really suggest this article:
- Trimming a Cat's Claws : The Humane Society of the United States
Trimming a cat’s claws every few weeks is ah important part of maintaining your pet’s health and protects him, you, your family and visitors as well as the sofa, curtains and other furniture.
The Humane Society's article is extremely helpful with tips on how easiest and safest to clip your cat's claws. Do keep in mind that every cat is different. For my Prince Fredward, I have to have someone else hold him by the scruff of the neck, which seems to completely immobilize him, and then I gently hold one of his paws in one hand to stretch out his claws and clip with the other hand.
He might mewl in protest after a while, but as long as I don't take too much time, he's fine. (And he always gets a treat after!)
I prefer small/medium clippers with rounded edges and without the guillotine. See to the right in the Amazon bubble for reference. The Humane Society's article mentions a couple different tools, and each are safe. Use what you are most comfortable with! Trust me, your cat can tell if you're nervous about that sharp object in your hand.
Remember that whether you choose a long hair or a short hair cat, you will have to be willing to take the necessary steps for grooming and hygiene maintenance. These are all important for your pet and for your house's and family's needs as well.
If you have any stories to share, please comment below! =) I'd love to hear about them. I will answer any questions about behavior as well, so don't hesitate to ask!
And good luck with your pet's maintenance!
© 2011 Jennifer Kessner