Persian Cat Grooming - Persian Cat Conditioning
Persian Grooming 101 School E-Course: Lesson 3
Groom Your Persian cats! Persian Coat Fur Conditioning Tricks of the Trade
International award-winning breeder of Purrinlot Persian cats Laura Thomas teaches you Persian cat conditioning tricks of the trade she learned during her years actively breeding and showing her Purrinlot Persians in this FREE online Persian cat grooming 101 course. In Lesson 2 Laura discussed which cat shampoos she recommends and gave you a basic overview of her preferred cat bath routine. Now it's time to talk about cat conditioner. Lesson 3 will cover how and when to know when you need to condition your Persian's coat, how to use your conditioner and what products to buy.
Overview: do I really need cat conditioner?
If your kitty is on a healthy diet and you are using good grooming products- no conditioning should really be required. The health of the animal will show up in the texture, look, and shine of the coat. If you find that you do need to condition your cat, you can find instructions for doing so in Purrinlot's FREE report on cat shampoos and conditioners below:
Your Persian's diet affects the fur
- Too much corn or corn products in a diet will leave the cats coat harsh to the touch- dry and brittle and slow growing.
- Too many oils will leave blackheads- chin ache and grease on the skin and will increase stud tail.
- The proper diet includes meat as the first item on the label- not a meat byproduct or corn.
- The proper diet should not need supplements.
However, if your cats coat is dry and brittle- then it requires moisture and repair. The first step is fixing the diet. It will take about 6 months to go from the cycle of a poor coat to a healthy coat. More on fixing the diet will be explained in the later grooming course lessons. The second step is to put moisture back into the fur via a good cat conditioner. Here is what I recommend you try:
Hot Oils- use the hot oils as per your cats coat as detailed in the above report
Place a hot oil tube into a hot glass of water at the beginning of your bath and set it aside. It will be the proper temperature by the time you are ready for it. After your final rinse, fill the sink with lukewarm water. Next open the hot oil and drizzle a few drops to the top of the coat and the balance into the water. Scoop up this water with a cup and pour it over the kitties back to cover from neck to tail. If the kitty is in really dry condition, simply drain the water and do not even bother to rinse out the hot oil (make sure this is not a show bath.) If the kitty, once dry, looks as if no hot oil was ever used and left on the coat, do this process after each bath until you notice a change in the coat's feel, look, and condition. Please note, if the kitty begins to jump about as you use the hot oil, the oil is too hot.
Use a clear hot oil on all white and light colors, to include bicolors and Himalayans.
Some cat breeders take the kitty after the hot oil is applied, wrap them in a towel, and hold them for 10 minutes and then rinse once more.
For an overnight fix: You can put your cat in oil - here is a simple way to do this.
- 2 oz of Anna Healthy Coat Conditioner
- 1 tube of Hot Oil
- 8 oz of lukewarm water
Take your wide tooth comb, dip it into this solution and comb your dry coated kitty. You will need to dip your comb as you continue to comb the dry coat. Then dry the kitty with your dryer. Once you are done drying (kitty should still look somewhat wet) let the cat sit overnight, 2 nights at most. Don't worry, the poor kitty will look great once this process is over. Then bath as usual. You can also take this solution and pour it over the cat at the final end of the bath- let sit for 10 minutes and then rinse, rinse, rinse!
If you have extremely dry, frizzed fur or need deep conditioning you can add 1 tablespoon of mayo to this recipe (don't use fat free, the fat is what you want.)
If the coat is slightly dry and beginning to get frizzles or static, especially during the winter show season, try 1/4 teaspoon of Downy Fabric Softener in the final rinse water. Add the Downy to the water, not the cat or it will turn the cat blue and is almost impossible to remove.
You can also use coat or hair conditioners too. Use about the size of a nickel and add to the water, not the coat. Scoop the water over the kitty. The reason I say add to the water is to help you rinse fully. Conditioner tends to stick to the fur and lay it down.
If the coat is taking way too long to dry, it might be over conditioned. This too feels great but grows a tad slow. If the coat is drying in a spiff- it probably doesn't feel like silk. A good healthy coat feels like rabbit fur and/or silk.
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