RESPECT The- Star!
|Purred: Tue Dec 8, '09 3:21pm PST |
|Harvey, had to laugh, mol, I have to put Bumpurr's front half, in the other sink, to do his back half.
Smudge, ya do have to rinse, rinse, rinse, to make sure you get all the soap out, or it can irritate their skin, kinda like us not rinsing out all the shampoo. But with LH show cats, we have to rinse, rinse, rinse, and rinse some more, some more, and rinse again, mol, or the soap reside makes their coats greasy, dirty and weighs them down. We even have a final rinse, that is a vinegar rinse.
If your not showing, you really don't need to go above the neck. I go right to the top of their head, but I been doing this along time, and Bumpurr and the kittens are very well behaved, you have to be extremly careful, not to get water in their ears. I do wash their little faces with a wash cloth.
Kittens start showing at 4 months, so they start their training baths/blow dry at 8 weeks. The first few blow drys are never easy. I wrap them in a towel, kinda like a coocoon, so only their head sticks out, they aren't going anywhere. Then slowly over time, get used to the noise and the air blowing on them, and slowly I take the towel off, and do parts one at a time. Bumpurr and Cowboy caught on right away, Cruiser had to go to summer school, to graduate blow drying school, mol, which I didn't think he was going to. Now they all just sit there, for the bath, for the blow dry, looking at me, like, are we done yet mommy. Bumpurr's process is 3 hrs, start to finish, the kittens I can get them done in 1 1/2 hrs each, but they are smaller.