Shampoo and Style Your
Washing your cat is
time-consuming, but if you have a show cat they are essential. If the cat
was not introduced to bathing as a kitten, then it may be handy to have two
people there to bathe the cat.
Make sure the room is warm, free from draughts and escape-proof.
A flat based kitchen skin is ideal. Allow plenty of space around the skink,
with a good supply of towels, with one on the draining board. Make sure you
have everything you need before you start.
- Fill the skin
with warm water to about 5cm deep. Talk soothingly to the cat at all
times. Using a shower attachment, test the water first, then wet the cats fur
thoroughly. Apply a little shampoo and work into a lather. Make sure no
shampoo gets near the catís eyes, nose or mouth.
- Rinse thoroughly
and repeat the shampooing process. If you are using conditioner, put a
drop on the cats back and work it through the coat with a wide-toothed comb.
Rinse thoroughly and then squeeze down the whole body, legs and tail to
remove excess moisture.
- Lift the cat from
the sink and wrap it immediately in a towel. Rub gently to absorb most of
the water. You may need several towels!
- Set the hairdryer
to low. Do not direct the airstream too close. Lift and comb the cats fur as
you dry (this is easier if the dryer is on a stand) and stop when the fur
is still slightly damp and tacky. If your cat objects to a hairdryer, do
not persist, but resort to towels, brushes and patience.
- Use the
soft-bristled brush against the lie of the coat, lifting and brushing as
you go. Separate any knots gently with the fingers. Pay particular
attention to the flow of the tail plume. Make sure the cats leg fur is well
separated, and that the fur on the underparts, particularly in armpits and
groin, does not become curly. On Persian cats, work up the dramatic ruff of
fur around the neck.