Some cats need grooming by their human guardians and some don’t. In fact, the grooming needs, in respect of human intervention, of the purebred cats of the cat fancy could be categorised into three groups; low grooming needs to medium and high grooming needs.
High grooming needs:
It is clear to most people that there is one cat breed that stand outs as in need of daily grooming by their human caretakers; the Persian and the Himalayan (pointed Persian) . In addition you could add the Maine Coon and the Ragdoll. And I should differentiate between the traditional and contemporary Persian cat by saying that the flat-faced Persian also needs to be groomed daily by their owner.
Those cat breeds that have low grooming needs might be categorised as follows (they are listed in alphabetical order):
Abyssinian, American Shorthair, American Wirehair, Balinese, Bengal, Bombay, British Shorthair, Burmese, Burmilla, Chartreux, Colorpoint Shorthair, Cornish Rex, Devon Rex, Egyptian Mau, Havana Brown, Japanese Bobtail, Javanese, Korat, Manx, Ocicat, Oriental Longhair, Oriental Shorthair, Russian Blue, Scottish Fold, Siamese, Singapura, Sphynx, Tonkinese, Turkish Angora.
There is a lot of information about all of these breeds on this website which you can find by using Google’s custom search tool.
Those cat breeds that have medium or moderate grooming needs might be categorised as follows:
American Curl, Birman, Cymric, Exotic Shorthair, Norwegian Forest Cat, Scottish Fold longhair, Somali, and the Turkish Van. I’d like to add the British Longhair, a rare but beautiful cat breed.
I am thankful to Richard H. Gebhart, a former president of the Cat Fanciers’ Association Inc. for this information. He was an internationally recognised judge and breeder of pedigree cats. He was president of the CFA between 1968 and 1980 and a member of the Board of Directors from 1962 to 1981. He owned a cat called Silva-Wyte who was world-renowned. He held many other posts too lengthy to list here.
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