Different Cat Breeds, Different Grooming Needs

It takes different strokes to groom longhaired and shorthaired cat breeds. See where the comb comes down on these cat coats.

By Stacy N. Hackett | Posted: August 3, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

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Whatever their cat fur type, you can easily tend to your cat's grooming.
That beautiful cat with the flowing coat may not require as much grooming as you think. Long, flowing hair remains an icon of beauty and health. When those lovely locks adorn a friendly cat, you’re tempted to stroke the fabulous cat fur. Luckily, not all longhaired cat breeds require hours of grooming care.

As for the shorthairs, not all shorthaired cat breeds share the same type of coat. Learn about the gorgeous variety of close-cropped cats. Pixie cuts and bobs have popped up all over Hollywood, making short hair stylish this year. See if your close-cropped cutie is on here.

The 20 cat breeds listed here remain popular because of their stunning looks, and require various levels of grooming maintenance. Don’t see your favorite here? Have a mixed-breed cat? See if your cat matches up to the coat types of these 20 shorthaired and longhaired cat breeds and learn a few tricks from the locks of your cat's cousins.

Click below to find out more on grooming by cat breed.

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MJ    Ottawa, ON

8/19/2011 7:27:10 AM

I have recently learned that purebred cats are overbred, like dogs are. For example, many persian cats are bread to have big heads and narrow hips, which makes for a difficult, costly, if not deadly, labour when kittens with big heads are born to mothers with small pelvic bones. I salute all those who have free-bred cats and take care of their coats and other grooming needs.

Dawn    Oswego, IL

8/19/2011 6:41:07 AM

I am owed by mostly longhaired cats of which I have 2 himalayans and one Maine Coon. I DO NOT use a brush on the longhaired cats nor on shorthaired. Any groomer will tell you that a brush will not get down to the skin...so please, please, please do not use a brush on your cats. Especially the persian type cats, the brush will only cause knots in the coat and not help with the grooming. A good comb, such as a greyhound comb, will get to the skin. Around the face use a flea comb, this will get rid of the dead hair in this area.

ruby    susanville, CA

8/7/2011 7:29:17 PM


Sandra    Aurora, CO

8/7/2011 2:08:03 PM


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