You’ve spent hundreds of dollars on buying your new Himalayan cat, now learn how to properly care for his fur coat. Your himi’s fur is like no other cat in the world. His special undercoat needs special attention. Proper daily care is needed to ensure it doesn’t become matted and have to be shaved off.
Weekly brushing will keep your Himalayan baby free from mats and looking precious. Pay particular attention to the areas under the chin, arms, and between the legs. ALWAYS brush your himi out completely before bathing him. Once a mat gets wet, it sets.
Himi’s have a special under coat that grows underneath their outer coat that develops in the second half of their first year of life. In the first six months, your himi has the same type of fur all other cats do. After about 6 months of age, you will notice your himi beginning to look thicker and fatter. No, he doesn’t need to be put on a diet! His special under coat is beginning to develop. No other cat has this fur but the Himalayan.
Once your Himi’s coat has developed fully, it will require brushing more often. This undercoat will need extra special attention. It tends to gather the outer fur and mats up very fast. Pieces of dirt and debris gets picked up by the outer layer and embeds itself into the under layer. It then becomes entwined into a big knot that gets larger each day. The longer you wait to attend to it, the more difficult it will become to get it out. Daily brushing is the only way to keep this matting under control.
The proper way to achieve a beautiful, knot-free coat on your precious purr-ball, it to get yourself one of the little cat combs that is shaped like a garden rake with many short, steel prongs. It seems harsh at first, but it doesn’t hurt your kitty, in fact, he will seem very much to enjoy it. Start brushing your kitten as soon as you get him home. His fur will not need it, but he needs to become accustomed to the daily brushing and handling while he’s young. It’s not easy to groom a cat who is not used to being handled in this way. You’ll be glad you trained him as a kitten to let you have your way with him! Dig down deep into the fur as you pull the rake through it in a backwards direction from which the hair is growing. Work your way into the knot. You may need to resort to using scissors to cut through the knot slow and carefully. Sometimes skin will become embedded into the knot, so look out for this. Slip the edge of the prongs on the rake underneath the know and gently tug and pull it free. Himalayan fur needs to be aerated for good health. The knots will slip out very easily if you keep the fur aerated at least 3 times a week.
If you let your grooming chore slide for more than a few weeks your cat may become embedded with knots that can not be removed with the rake. He may then need to be shaved. When the fur of the Himalayan cat is shaved, it grows back a darker color each time. If you are interested in ever entering your cat into cat shows, you must never shave his fur. Darkening of the coat is very undesirable and will eliminate him from being eligible for future showing.
A simple, quick, easy chore 3-4 times a week will keep your himi creamy colored, soft and beautiful.