Long-haired Cats You Probably Didn't Know About

Long-haired Cats
Long, fluffy coats are the trademark of long-haired cats. This article lists some long-haired cat breeds and some information on grooming them.
There are short-haired cats as well as long-haired cats. Long-haired cat breeds come in different sizes and colors. You will find a small, docile, and quiet cat, or you may bring home a playful, active cat that is well aware of its vocal cords.

Long-haired cat breeds have a mixed ancestry and arrived in America with pilgrims on the Mayfair. They became the forefathers of the American domestic short-haired cats. They are genetically similar to the domestic short-haired cats and only differ in one recessive long coat gene. This gene was inherited by domestic long-haired cats.

List of Long-haired Cat Breeds
  • American bobtail cat
  • Angora cat
  • Asian semi-long-haired cat (or Tiffanie)
  • Balinese cat
  • Birman cat
  • Chantilly/Tiffany cat
  • Cherubim cat (or Honeybear cat)
  • Colourpoint long-haired cat
  • Exotic cat
  • Himalayan cat
  • Javanese cat
  • Maine Coon cat
  • Nebelung cat
  • Norwegian Forest cat
  • Oriental Longhair cat
  • Persian cat
  • Ragdoll cat (and Ragamuffin cat)
  • Siberian cat
  • Somali cat
  • Sterling cat
  • Turkish Van cat
  • Turkish Angora cat
  • York Chocolate cat
Grooming
Long-haired cats require a lot of grooming to keep their coats free of matting and mess. There are certain long-haired cat breeds that require daily grooming like the Persian cat or the Himalayan cat. Other cat breeds like the Maine Coon or Norwegian Forest cat require grooming twice a week. Some other breeds like the Balinese, Birman, Cymric, Somali, and Ragdoll require once a week grooming.

You need to begin the grooming process from an early age to help your cat get used to it. Grooming is the best time to help build a bond between yourself and your cat. You should carry out regular grooming as it helps to remove the dead hair. If this hair is not removed, it will form hairballs in the cat's stomach. It also helps to remove dead skin, dander, tones muscles, and helps in blood circulation. The shedding is generally two times in a year. The cats may shed their summer coat in the fall and develop their heavy winter coat. In spring, they shed their winter coat to prepare for the light summer coat.

Shaving
Long-haired cats that don't shed are Ragdoll cats. They generally shed lesser than the other breeds. Thus, they cause less allergies. Also, long-haired cats tend to get poop stuck under their tail hair. Thus, shaving under the tail is necessary. Also, shaving helps prevent complications with long hair that include difficult grooming sessions and matted hair.

The shaving is also known as 'lion cut'. The best thing to do is to take your cat to a professional groomer or to a vet for shaving. This is to help minimize the stress you and your cat may undergo. Also, shaving reduces shedding, allergies, and keeps the coat clean and reduces matting.

Long-haired cats are great for owners who are willing to do regular cat grooming. If you are ready for the responsibilities that a long-haired cat brings, then it will prove to be a great pet.
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