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

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British Shorthair cat
The British Shorthair cat has a thick coat that breeders say needs minimal grooming..
American Wirehair While known for its kinky curled coat, the American Wirehair cat also can come with a “straight” coat. The straight coated cats require occasional combing, especially when they are shedding. Kinky-coated cats need no particular grooming maintenance.

Bengal The exotic spots on the Bengal cat’s coat capture attention, and the breed’s easy grooming requirements please potential owners. An occasional rub-down with a rubber grooming glove or brush will help remove loose cat hair, though breeders say the Bengal does not shed much.

British Shorthair One of the oldest breeds in the cat world, the British Shorthair cat features a dense, plush coat that lead some to compare the breed to a teddy bear. Breeders say the luxurious coat needs minimal grooming care, though occasional combing will help remove dead cat hair.

Chartreux The “smiling blue cat of France” features a wooly double coat that requires regular grooming maintenance. Weekly combing will remove dead hairs from the Chartreux cat’s undercoat, helping to prevent matting. This is especially important during seasonal cat shedding.

Devon Rex The wavy, curly coat of the pixieish Devon Rex cat requires little or no grooming, breeders say. The cat breed’s large ears may need periodic cleaning, and the cat will love any attention its owner lavishes on it, whether or not it involves grooming tasks.

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