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I once fell in love with a big ginger fluff ball, or technically a red haired Persian. He was the most affectionate, greedy, hysterically funny cat I'd ever had. However his grooming requirements weren't fun. I had been used to medium and short haired cats as pets and brushing was never a chore. So I decided to educate myself fast as he wasn't particularly good at grooming himself, even though, bless him, he did try.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

Combing Not Brushing

A Persians fur is so dense that combing, not brushing, is the only option. A brush will just slide over the surface, only removing dead hair from the top and not getting deep enough in to the coat. A Persians hair is made up of guard hair awn and down and can shed all year long. You should use a metal comb which should have two different lengths of teeth, one short, one long. It is also a good idea to have two different types of comb. One with wide teeth, one with regular teeth. The wide toothed comb will be easier to use on your cats knots and matted areas. Once you've loosened the knotted fur you can revert back to the original comb. Unfortunately you may have to cut the knots out if their fur has become really tangled and matted. A cat's skin is very thin and sensitive so make sure you are gentle but firm.

Starting the Combing Procedure

First of all get your combs and accessories ready. Nothing is harder than trying to persuade your cat to come back for more combing if you've had to get up to find another item. It's likely they'll disappear for quite some time. Spraying your combs with Feliway Feline Spray, and letting them dry before using, is a good way to keep him calm and relaxed. Choose a time when your Persian has played before hand so he's not too energetic. Then find a comfortable seating area for you and your cat, don't make a big deal about it, just act as if you were about to watch T.V. or relax for the evening. It will make your cat feel calmer if he thinks this is part of your normal pattern. Your sofa will probably be best as your cat can stretch out and it gives you space whilst combing.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

The next step is to start from the head moving down the body to the tail. Carefully comb the fur in the direction of the hair growth and in an upwards motion, which will remove the dead hair. Even though you need to be firm remember that your cat's skin is like tissue paper, be careful. The base of the tail is extremely sensitive especially in male cats that haven't been neutered. So again take care. You then have to comb the chest and stomach. You may be lucky enough to have a cat roll on to his back and let you do this, but it's unlikely. They're not dogs.

The armpit area gets very knotty as well so it's best to lift their front legs, supporting their weight so they don't struggle. You can then comb their underneath area. You may need to wear rubber gloves as they might claw at you with their back feet which will be very painful. Encouraging words and praising him whilst he's being combed will help. Also having his favourite cat toy near him may keep him happy too. Most pet shops and pet sites have a variety of combs to suit different breeds of cats. Hopefully if you start combing your Persian from kittenhood you will get him used to his daily routine and it will be a lot easier for both of you.

If you're going to have a Persian then every day combing is necessary. They will matt frequently if you don't, which is very painful for them, as in time it pulls at the skin. If you honestly don't think you'll be up to the daily job, then stick to owning short haired cat's as it's not fair on their health if you know you can't be bothered. Owning a Persian is a big responsibility, so be honest with yourself before you even think about looking to add a Persian to the family.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
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