Persian Cat Grooming - Persian Cat Shampoos
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Many people think of cats and feel they do not need baths- not like dogs anyhow. But the truth is- many of them do. Respectable breeders of the long hair breed spend a lot of time making certain that the kittens are very used to the water and the bath routine before they go into new homes. Something I've learn in the past is long haired new buyers sometimes are afraid of the bath and the cat grows into an adult- forgets the bath routine and becomes a huge knot- in need of being shaved. If this has happened to you- don't feel alone. The best thing to do AT THIS POINT is to get a professional grooming job and ask for a lion cut.
A lion cut is where the body and top parts of the legs are shaved- leaving the feet, head and tail- much like a poodle. The cats in all honesty- love to be shaved like this- they dance around very vain and enjoy the coolness and lack of knots.
OK- back to grooming and hopefully we can start fresh with a kitty un knotted and freshly combed.
Next- the selection of the shampoo's. What kind to buy and for what reason. There are many pet shampoos on the market- the dog and horse shampoo's work wonderfully on the cats too. I like to suggest a baby shampoo for someone who is working on cleaning up a butt area- a first try bath or a kitten in general. However- in my person a cat bath- I use at least 3 different shampoo's.
First I degrease with Goop hand cleaner or some dawn diluted dish soap. Degreasing is a very important step in the bath- especially for the long hair cats and the ones with oily skin. A degreasing stage on a bath will actually improve the final outlook of the bath and help it to hold up longer. I purchase the regular Goop at Wal-mart in the auto department- never buy the one with pumice. Goop looks like Crisco when opened- yet it conditions while it degreases.
You can melt this goop for a few seconds in the microwave and allow it to cool off. Then pour over the kitty while in a sink, and work it into the coat as a first shampoo. You can also mix the goop with one part melted goop to one part water to one part dish detergent for a really deep degreasing. Make certain your water runs clear after you have completed the degreasing stage and rinsed.
Next- what shampoo choice to make?? Well- what are you wanting to accomplish? Volume, shininess, color enhancing, conditioning or all of the above. What ever you are looking to do to improve on the coat- shop for that shampoo.
Next- which shampoo in what order? This one is a tad harder to determine- however I like to use my volume shampoo next to last and my protector last. I use a protector shampoo based on making certain while my cat is showing - the kitty isn't picking up and bringing back any nasties. I choose CB's Anna's pH Healthy Coat for this purpose. Not only does it protect, but it enhances shine too. So you see, sometimes one shampoo might do more than one chore for you- making the bath routine easier on you and the kitty.
For my personal cat bath- I
coat improve with a vitamin shampoo/that also adds volume and then use a
protector/shine shampoo in this order.
Sometimes I use Kenic Snowflake as my color enhancer- sometimes I use a salon shampoo made for a certain color of hair. I perfer shampoo with oatmeal to help add volume and yes I use the Anna pH Healthy Coat cat shampoo, Always, as my last shampoo for my protector and shine.
There are many ways to shampoo- you can add the product straight to the coat- dilute it in water first- or mix it as if you were making dishwater. I use several of these methods all in the same bath. My favorite is making it into dish water - because it is easier to rinse and not as harsh on the coat.
In the Orginal Bath DVD (not the Hollywood version)- I go thur several different shampoos explaining what each does best. Ofcourse that was before Anna's line had been developed so now most of the needs can be found in the Anna line. CB is working on bringing in new shampoos's too!
Rinsing is very important. Most people feel they rinse really good- until they watch my Hollywood DVD and see how I rinse. It is amazing how much better your cat will look if degreased and rinse properly- especially rinsing.
For a visual on shampoo selections- degreasing- bathing- blow drying and rinsing- you might want to check out this link for the DVD's: http://www.purrinlot.com/persian-cat--grooming-tools.htm
A written step by step bath can also be found on the Purrinlot site. Also more good grooming can be found in my e-book called Lookin' Good http://www.purrinlot.com/cat-books.htm
Next Grooming School class: Conditioning- how to know when you need it and what to use.