Maine Coon Cats, America's Only Natural Long Haired Cat
Grooming For A Maine Coon Cat part 2
Step 1:On a dry coat apply Goop For Groomers Formula. Microwave either product just a bit to a more liquid consistency.Make sure it's not too hot before putting on your baby!!!!Part the dry coat with the handle end of a hair color application brush.You can find these in a beauty supply store.Apply mixture with brush end, you must get the product down to the skin. Gently massage into the coat especially on the feet and hocks. Massage in until it is transparent. Lightly wet cat down and work it in like a shampoo, then Rinse Rinse, Rinse!!When using de-greasers, you must rinse out every bit of it otherwise any shampoos you use afterward will stick in the coat, giving you poor results and probably causing the kitty to get a good case of dandruff down the road!The number one rule of a good bath is to RINSE, RINSE, RINSE between all shampoo applications.The number one problem with a cat that looks clumpy or oily is someone did not get the cat rinsed properly.It?s easy to concentrate on the top & sides and ignore the stomach, inner thighs, feet and hocks.When the judge holds what looks like a well groomed cat up in the air and you see the clumping/separated hair on legs and belly. Someone did not RINSE, RINSE, RINSE!
Step 2: Removing degreasers.F1R2 Super Scrub or use E-Z Groom dEZolve to remove any remaining shampoo.Apply and work into the coat then rinse well.This is where some folks use the dish soap again I don't like the idea, but that's your choice.A human shampoo that works well, is Suave Daily Clarifying for Normalto Oily Hair.Apply shampoo, lather well and rinse. Step 3:In this step you can use a color enhancing shampoo. There are many different formulas depending on your cats color.If you cat?s coat is thin you may opt for a texturizing shampoo such as Wonderfluff Shampoo. If you have whites, F1R2 Snow Burst works well.When using a color enhancing product that has its own deep color, purple, blue, black, etc.work the shampoo into a good soapy lather until there is no color.Otherwise you can cause some serious streaking on your cat!Don?t forget to do the cat's head.For this you may want to use a small amount on a cotton ball or wash cloth.Be sure to rinse carefully.To avoid getting water in the ears fold the ears carefully to the head and spray carefully.See the following picture for best way to fold ears down in order to avoid getting water in the ears. Also be careful when rinsing throat and chest, do not hold the cats head up in air and get water down its nose or mouth. inhaling water like this can cause serious respiratory problems.
Step 4: This is where you may want to use a conditioner.There are many good conditioners and use varies from cat to cat, coat condition and individual needs.One of the best stand-by tricks is to use vinegar, yes, white vinegar.Vinegar is a natural softener and reduces static.Use 1 cup of white vinegar added to a quart of water.Pour over cat and then rinse until squeaky clean.If the cat's coat is thin you may want to skip the vinegar as it may flatten the coat. get you any ribbons!Mass removal of coat is counter productive to winning show cat!Here is a tip given to me by some Persian breeders.It is to "float" the cat during the bath.Just fill up the sink with cat in it up to its little shoulders.Swish your hands through the coat lots of excess hair will come out without you pulling it out with combs.This works great if you put conditioner on the cat before the "float".After emptying sink, rinse with clear water.However, beware--- some cats may try to kill you?so know your cat.Works on all my cats except Cassie Sue who has a major panic attack!