Trimming the Backsides of Persian and Himalayan Cats

by Elton Dunn, Demand Media
    Long-haired cats need your help to keep their rears clean.

    Long-haired cats need your help to keep their rears clean.

    While the long hair on your Persian or Himalayan cat is soft and luxurious, an unintended consequence is that it can trap poop. When Kitty uses the litter box, some fecal matter can cling to her long hair. Trimming her backside keeps it clean and sanitary.

    Items you will need

    • Washcloth
    • Leash (optional)
    • Cat scissors or electric clippers

    Step 1

    Check out Kitty's rear end before you trim. Persians and Himalayans can get poop stuck to the fur in their rear end; cleaning it up keeps your kitty healthy. If you find poop, use a warm washcloth to wipe it away. The skin underneath could become infected if you don't remove the fecal matter. When Kitty's rear end is poop-free, you may cut the hair down there.

    Step 2

    Stabilize your cat with one hand or by clipping a leash to her collar and tying the leash to something. It's important that Kitty stay still when you trim her backside. If someone else is home, ask them to hold the cat.

    Step 3

    Remove the excess fur with scissors or an electric clipper. If using clippers, turn on the clipper unit and push the blade up, against the direction of fur growth. This removes excess hair. If using scissors, grasp a section of hair and hold it out. Clip back the hair, taking care not to cut the skin.

    Step 4

    Work around both sides of Kitty's rear end. When you finish, the a step back and inspect Kitty's backside. If you missed a spot, trim it with scissors or clippers.

    References

    • The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats; Amy D. Shojai
    • Good Cats, Bad Habits: The Complete A to Z Guide for When Your Cat Misbehaves; Alicia Rhea
    • Cacao Cattery: New Owner FAQ

    About the Author

    Elton Dunn is a freelance writer with over 14 years experience. Dunn specializes in travel, food, business, gardening, technology, beauty and fashion writing. His work has appeared in various print and online publications. Dunn holds a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from Emerson College.

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