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.

See what your breed of cat needs for great grooming. Via Pixabay

That beautiful cat with the flowing coat may not require as much grooming as you think. Long, flowing hair remains an icon of beauty and health. When those lovely locks adorn a friendly cat, you’re tempted to stroke the fabulous cat fur. Luckily, not all longhaired cat breeds require hours of grooming care.

As for the shorthairs, not all shorthaired cat breeds share the same type of coat. Learn about the gorgeous variety of close-cropped cats. Pixie cuts and bobs have popped up all over Hollywood, making short hair stylish this year. See if your close-cropped cutie is on here.

The 20 cat breeds listed here remain popular because of their stunning looks, and require various levels of grooming maintenance. Don’t see your favorite here? Have a mixed-breed cat? See if your cat matches up to the coat types of these 20 shorthaired and longhaired cat breeds and learn a few tricks from the locks of your cat’s cousins.

Read below to find out more on grooming by cat breed.

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.


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.


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.


Breeders call the Balinese cat a “drip-dry” cat because of its manageable grooming requirements. This longhaired cousin of the Balinese stays in top form with daily brushing, which removes loose hair and helps prevent mats. With regular brushing, the breed may not need to be bathed.


The pointed cat with the snowy white paws also features a longhaired, silky coat that resists matting. Breeders say the Birman cat’s flowing coat requires less care than you might believe, suggesting that owners brush or comb the breed at least once per week.


The longhaired cousin of the Manx, the Cymric cat boasts a genetic history that blesses it with many different coat lengths. Some longer-haired individuals require brushing 2-5 times per week, while Cymrics with shorter, shaggier coats can make do with weekly grooming sessions.


The Exotic cat has the sweet expression and cobby body of the Persian without the high-maintenance coat. The cat breed’s short, plush coat may require occasional combing during shedding season, but daily combing is not required. Removing loose hair will help prevent the cat from developing hairballs.


The gorgeous silver-blue fur of the Korat cat needs minimal grooming care, breeders say. The Korat has only a single coat of fur, which requires an occasional swipe of a brush or comb to look its best.


Known for its unique tail-less appearance, the Manx cat features a shorthaired coat that requires minimal grooming. The low maintenance breed requires a good weekly combing or brushing, along with regular nail clipping.


A more recent breed that originated in Russia, the Peterbald cat can have coats of varying lengths. The hairless varieties — bald and shami — may require occasional baths to remove dirt from their skin. The coated Peterbald cats — including the suede, velvet, brush and straight categories — enjoy petting sessions to remove loose hair.


Many believe the hairless Sphynx cat does not require grooming because it has no hair. In fact, the breed’s body oils can collect on the skin and attract dirt, requiring baths every few weeks. The Sphynx tends to enjoy water, so the regular bathing can be enjoyable for both cat and owner.

Maine Coon

The large, stately Maine Coon cat is known for its beautiful, flowing coat. Owners can keep this coat in top shape with grooming sessions at least once a week if not every other day. Breeders recommend a steel comb for this task, and say that bathing is not a requirement.

Norwegian Forest Cat

To survive in the harsh winter climate of its native land, the Norwegian Forest Cat developed a coat that features guard hairs and an undercoat. Depending on its coat texture, an individual cat may need combing and brushing every day or only once a week.

Persians and Himalayans

The Persian cat’s beautiful long fur is its trademark, and keeping the coat in top condition requires regular grooming. The Himalayan cat, considered either a separate cat breed or a cat color pattern, has the same needs. To prevent mats, breeders recommend using a metal comb to comb from the roots out. This removes loose hairs at the root and should be done at least once per week if not more often.


The sweet, gentle Ragamuffin cat possesses a flowing coat that is just as beautiful as its personality. The coat’s smooth texture helps it avoid matting, breeders say. They recommend occasional brushing to keep the coat looking its best.


While the Siberian cat’s dense, medium-length triple coat keeps the cat warm during harsh Russian winters, it requires regular brushing, breeders say. This helps prevent matting and removes loose hairs. Twice a year, the breed will shed more than usual and may need daily brushing to keep up with the shedding.

Turkish Angora

Best known for its striking white coat, the Turkish Angora cat comes with many other colors and patterns gracing its silky long fur. The breed requires combing with a wide-toothed metal comb every 2-4 days to reduce ingestion of loose hair and stay looking its best.

Turkish Van

As it evolved in the Lake Van area of Turkey, the Turkish Van cat developed a long, single coat that some breeders compare to bunny fur. The coat generally does not mat, breeders say, but may require weekly grooming especially around and under their front legs.

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