The LaPerm is basically a ‘wash and wear’ cat. Not a lot of fussing to keeping the LaPerm in top condition. Most LaPerms do not shed or shed very slightly so therefore they are easy to groom and maintain in top condition.
If you have a few little mats you can use a good slicker brush, and brush
them out, or you can use a greyhound comb. A greyhound comb comes in various
sizes and the teeth of the comb itself also comes in various sizes. The comb
itself has wider spaced teeth at one end, and narrower spaced teeth at the
other end. Some people erroneously will say that you should not use a good
slicker brush on the coat before bathing because you will brush out the curl.
It does not, when you get through bathing and the cat is dry the curl returns.
It is always an excellent idea while preparing for the bathing process to be
sure to trim the nails and clean the ears before bath time.
Keeping the nails trimmed and ears clean is part of good grooming even in between baths or grooming,. No other grooming tools are needed just a good brush and comb.
Using a good shampoo is the key. There are any number on the market. I recommend a good cat/dog shampoo first. If you have a extra ordinary oily cat or a stud tail, you can use Dawn dish soap; soap the cat then be sure to rinse thoroughly. If you do not rinse thoroughly the coat and skin will be dry and flaky. If you think you have all the soap out, rinse again to be sure. If you still are unsure, mix one part white vinegar to three parts water, and rinse. The vinegar will cut the soap residue.
If you are preparing the cat for show and want to enhance the curl of your cat, I use a curl shampoo such as Pantene for curly hair or Wash and Curl, both can be found at your local grocery or drug store. The Pantene already has a conditioner in it, so there is no need to use a conditioner.
Some breeders/exhibitors feel the need to use a conditioner. Just be sure that you do not have oil or oil residue on the coat. If you are using a shampoo that does not contain a conditioner, you may want to use a spray on conditioner rather than one you need to apply at bath time and then have to rinse out. The options are plentiful and you can experiment and find a bathing technique that works for you.
Once you have bathed the cat, use a clean towel, and press the coat to get
rid of the excess water. Do not rub the coat. Put a clean and dry towel in
a crate or enclosed area and let the cat air dry. It usually takes about 45
minutes for most of the coat to be dry enough to let the cat out of the enclosure.
It will be damp but not wet. Allow the coat to dry naturally. DO NOT use a
hair dryer on the LaPerm coat, it is not necessary, the drying time on a LaPerm
is very short and using a hair dryer does not allow the curl to return, but
causes frizziness which is not desired.
That is all there is to it, no fussing, trimming the coat, or anything else. It can’t be any simpler than that. That is one of the joys of the LaPerm, it is literally maintenance free.