Cat Show people, what do you think about this? :-)

Good grooming practices are essential for maintaining health and happiness for you and your cat. This is a forum to exchange tips and advice for proper care of your cat's hygiene needs.

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Purred: Mon Mar 23, '09 12:24pm PST 
Hello there,

since I did not get any answer to my question, I did read all the posts in Grooming . Thanks So much I see now that I did not do such a good job on Washing my cat. I only used a normal Wal Mart shampoo for Cat. I did not know that there is soooooo much to know about washing your cat.. Well my husband has allergies to Cats and it does help to wash. Gabriel is a very good cat and we can blowdry him as well with no problems...
Thanks to all that post in the Grooming Forum..


Has been COTD!
Purred: Mon Mar 23, '09 11:30pm PST 
The rich friend also bought a cat for $13,000.

Yes, I think that when showing animals, doing the grooming yourself is part of the job, and part of the satisfaction. But finding exactly what works for your cat--ah, that's the question.


RESPECT The- Star!
Purred: Tue Mar 24, '09 3:16pm PST 
Harvey, I told ya, mol, ya gotta use Suave baby shampoo on the kittens,
mol, their fur texture is totally different. Just the baby shampoo, nothing
else, no vinegar, no nothing else. Its shampoo/conditioner in one, I use
the strawberry scented one, they smell great! big grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grin

Maine Coon's fur changes over time until they are 5 yrs old. What worked
for Bumpurr as a yearling, does not, as a 2 yr old. big grin

Got a different formula all planned out, but could be more trial and error.

To blow dry the kittens, wrap them in a towel, so only their little head
sticks out, they are totaly enclosed, cannot get away, and cannot scratch
you. Hold on tight, they will struggle, struggle, struggle, **do not**
let go of them. big grin

Turn on the blow dryer, and at a distance, let them see it, very very slowly
bring it towards them, very careful not to let it blow in their faces. big grin

Blow dry over the towel, so they can hear it, and feel the sensation, going
back and forth. Some don't like it, if they can't see it, some don't like it,
if they can see it, each kitten is different, you have to see which way they
struggle more. big grin

Cruiser is better if he can't see it, Cowboy likes it better if he can see it.
Bumpurr doesn't care, he just sits there, but he was like that in the
beginning too, didn't like to see it. big grin

Once you determine, which way they like it better, just go with that.

When they stop the struggle, struggle, struggle, very very slowly, start to
take the towel off, one step at a time, do just what they will allow you to.
Keep taking the towel off, as much as they will let you. If you can't get
past a certain point, before they struggle, then that is lesson #1, thats as
far as your going to get, this time. You have to let them progress at their
own rate. Cowboy is pretty good now, Cruiser is still a challenge. big grin

Always, always, always, end on a positive note, do what they will allow
you to, and end it on that, until the next time. What ya can't get done,
towel dry them very well, put them in a small room, and crank the
heat so they don't get cold. big grin

Typed this once already, mol, mol, mol, now ya made me type it a second
time, mol, mol, mol, Do Not make me type it again, mol, mol, mol, I am
hungry and want to go eat supper, but gotta help my good buddy Harvey.

wavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewave:- hwavewave


Has been COTD!
Purred: Mon Mar 30, '09 1:23am PST 
Thanks, Bumpurr! I have some clients coming this week, and I want to make Byerly and Leverett look their best. I'm not sure whether your method will work or not--they were SO scared of the Demon Hair Dryer--but I'll give it a try. If not, I'll towel dry them and put them in their playpen with a space heater next to it, but not too close.


RESPECT The- Star!
Purred: Tue Mar 31, '09 5:51pm PST 
Hey Harvey, kittens first show, used Suave baby shampoo, ONLY, nothing
else at all. They were very soft, no fly away fur, judges said they were
very well groomed, very well presented. Cowboy made 3 Finals, Cruiser
made 4 Finals. Cruiser made a Final his first ring, and got 4th.

Bay-bee sham-poo for kittens. wavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewavewave


Has been COTD!
Purred: Tue Mar 31, '09 10:16pm PST 
Congratulations, Bumpurr and crew!

Only problem is, we don't have Suave shampoo in Japan...I just gave Leverett his first show shampoo (for new PR photos and because he has a potential buyer), and he looks great. The kittens are almost 6 months old, and their fur is becoming more like adult fur. Today, Byerly (I have clients coming to see her tonight) and Currier get their shampoos. I'm running out of Groomer's Goop--can't get it from the same Internet site I used to buy it at (you can buy it at cat shows, but it's HEAVY).

I won a plastic and metal (airplane style) carrying case in a raffle at my last cat show! It's smaller than the others I have--just right for taking the cats to the vet, or for kittens.
big grin


RESPECT The- Star!
Purred: Wed Apr 1, '09 3:33pm PST 
So, ball park, what do you think it would cost to ship things to Japan?

Anyway you can find out, or get a chart?

Be glad to ship show grooming stuff you need, to you, like Suave baby
shampoo and any shampoos or finishing products you need.

I'll ship it, just pay me when you get it. big grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grin

The- Magnificent- Seven

We all found- homes!
Purred: Fri Apr 3, '09 5:36am PST 
Aw, that's kind of you, Bumpurr. I'll think about it--for one thing, I don't know where my American checkbook is right now! (We don't use checks here in Japan.) Byerly and Leverett looked very spiffy after their show shampoos (dried naturally), but Currier, who has sort of cottony fur, freaked out as I was towel-drying her and bit me yet again. I think she was under the impression that the Demon Hair Dryer was going to come next. I'm sure her fur texture will change as she gets older.


RESPECT The- Star!
Purred: Fri Apr 3, '09 7:01pm PST 
So what do you guys use in Japan? It is so cool to talk to someone
from another country, and learn their customs. big grin

On the horse board, we have someone from the UK, and someone from
Canada. She told us, they don't sell milk in the cardboard cartons, like in
the US, the milk comes in like large plastic bags. She also lives a zillion
miles from nowhere, and its truly like the 1880's, the horses run on the
range, they do their all most everything, as their is no vet near. So cool
to learn about others customs. big grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grin


Has been COTD!
Purred: Sun Apr 5, '09 4:26pm PST 
We use credit cards or--gasp!--mainly cash. People think nothing of carrying a few thousand dollars in their wallet when they go to the electronics store to buy a computer. This is a pretty safe country.

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