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post #31 of 43
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My gosh, what a beautiful cat.
post #32 of 43
Beach - here's mine

Rexes:

1. Run bath water first.
2. Clip nails and clean ears.
3. Wash face with warm water and a tiny bit of soap - only around the chin and back of the ears.
4. Put cat in water.
5. Keep using the washcloth to wet entire cat from neck down.
6. Tell cat to stay still.
7. Put Nexxus Simply Silver on your hands and rub into wet coat thoroughly.
8. Rinse out shampoo.
9. Put a little Nexxus conditioner for permed hair.
10. Rinse out conditioner.
11. Drain tub.
12. Wrap towel around cat and dry.
13. Turn cat loose in room to air dry in 5-10 mins

Now Charlie is done the same way except he has a different shampoo and no conditioner. We do use the vinegar rinse on him tho.

Rexes from bath to dry is about 20 mins.
Ocicats from bath to dry is about 2 hrs at the most - most of that is air drying time.

Actual bath is about 10 mins for both
post #33 of 43
Beach Bum,

I know that Van transformation all too well! Samwise looks lovely, his coat is so full and plush looking. . . what a beautiful boy!

My sister is a member of Vantastix. I should be joining soon, as she's sending me on a mission to Turkey next year. . . her job prevents her from leaving the country at this point. Linda is our mentor/breeder; such a wonderful person! I could sing her praises all day.

Now Sonhi, here is my personal recipe for an Adult Mau bath. Kitten coats have a different texture, but your boy's coat looks very mature for a 5 month old.

1). Clip Nails
2). Wet cat with warm water, shower heads or sink faucets with a host work best.
3) Wash cat with a pre-shampoo. I like to use E-Z groom Silky Almond since it smells so lovely.
4) Wash cat with a finishing whitening shampoo. I prefer Plum White, but any whitening shampoo works.
5) Rinse Cat with a solution of vinegar and water to cut out the suds.
6) Condition cat, focusing on torso, with a combination of Frizz Ease Rehydrate and Redkin Smooth Down. The Smooth Down is great because it contains macadamia nut oils, which help to keep the spots from getting fuzzy.
7) Rinse cat until you no longer feel any conditioner, then rinse for one minute more to make sure it is out.
8) Let cat dry in a WARM spot. Maus are a lot more sensitive to cold than other breeds.
9) Do not comb your cat if he has substantial stripes on his spine. This will break up the stripes when he dries, revealing the silver underneath.
10) Pet cat with a silk scarf to further smooth down stripes and spots and also remove loose fur.
post #34 of 43
Ferris - you think the Smooth Down would work on Charlie's spots - tho he doesn't seem to have a problem.

I'm using a bit of Bay Rum on his coat for static and to give a little more "slick/dark" look.
post #35 of 43
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Ferris - you think the Smooth Down would work on Charlie's spots - tho he doesn't seem to have a problem.

I'm using a bit of Bay Rum on his coat for static and to give a little more "slick/dark" look.
I imagine it would work quite well, I've found it makes those spots stand out like magic. Before I started using the smooth down, a spectator came up to me and wanted to know why my cat's spots were so fluffy and fuzzy Of course, she was comparing Bailey to Sunny, the first Mau National Winner. . .

I've never had my hands on an Ocicat before, so I have no idea how their coat texture feels. The Ocicat standard has a lot more to say about the coat texture than the Mau standard, though (hmm. . . maybe Mau people need to look into this. . .)
Ocicat:
COAT TEXTURE: short, smooth and satiny in texture with a lustrous sheen. Tight, close-lying and sleek, yet long enough to accommodate the necessary bands of color. There should be no suggestion of woolliness.

Mau
"hair is dense and resilient in texture "

Like I said, I started using the smooth down to get rid of a certain fuzzy texture Bailey had-- it worked like a charm!
post #36 of 43
Charlie's coat does fit that standard - its tight and close laying. During winter months you get that static. Bay rum does help it. Might just stick to that at the shows - he got 2 finals against tough competition in the October show. I hope he does better at this next show in a few weeks - hopefully less cats there
post #37 of 43
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Since this thread has such good advice about cat shows, I wanted to ask a question. Sohni loves his new toy, Tsekani. They tear all over the house playing and tussling. I have left Tsekani's claws unclipped because Sohni outweighs him by 6 lbs. Sohni's claws are blunted every few days.

My question is about their tussling. They get quite loud when they roll around on the bed, but should I be worried about Sohni being too rough and giving Tsekani some mark that may be bad for his show career? ie. nicked ear. I'd hate to keep them separated.
post #38 of 43
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My question is about their tussling. They get quite loud when they roll around on the bed, but should I be worried about Sohni being too rough and giving Tsekani some mark that may be bad for his show career? ie. nicked ear. I'd hate to keep them separated.
In my experience, Maus can be a bit overdramatic with their meows. However, you need to be the best judge. Cats are generally good about not hurting one another when they are just playing. I wouldn't worry about a nicked ear unless you see Sohni going for the ears. Since Sohni has his claws, he won't be as tempted to resort to "dirty" tactics while play fighting. In my opinion, it would be better to keep the two together. You want Tsekani to be used to having other cats around.
post #39 of 43
Thread Starter 
OK, I get quite worried as Tsekani keeps up a constant mew, mew, mew, rawr, mew when they are play fighting, but when I look closely, half the time Sohni is not even touching Tsekani when Tsekani is mewing. Sohni never makes a sound. I seperate them when Sohni pins his ears flat and gets really angry. But usually Tsekani will jump on top of Sohni as soon as his back is turned, so he is an instigator.
post #40 of 43
IMO all cats nails need to be kept short no matter how big or little they are. One it prevents injuries (younger cats don't always keep claws in) and two, you get them used to clipping nails and not give you a problem.

Please clip all the cats nails.
post #41 of 43
Thread Starter 
I wasn't intending to never clip his claws. I will start in a few days, he's only been in my house 4 days now and he's getting more comfortable with me each day.
post #42 of 43
Sohni,

The chance of one of your furbabies becoming injured in their play (often hard to distinguish from fighting) may become more likely when Tsekani is no longer a kitten. Two adult males (and two adult females) can often really fight and injure their opponent. When you go to your first show you will find that in the judges cages males and females are alternated for this very reason. A male's cage is not situated next to another male's cage. Same for females.

While we do not mean for you to overreact to this quite natural way of things, do take care and keep an eye on them.

While not funny at the time, we will show you another photo of Samwise, as much as he hates our doing this. In this photo we call him "Samwise the Sad." One of his male litter-mates was either confused or gay, and he tried to mate with Samwise (after Samwise had been neutered). As is their custom, the big male grabbed Samwise by the neck with his teeth, and caused a rather bad wound. The vet's recommendation for keeping Samwise from licking the wound, and removing all his medication, was to cut off the bottom of a large wool sock, cut two holes for the front legs, and give Samwise a "turtle-neck sweater." While Samwise didn't care for this at all, this did solve the problem of his licking off his medication.

Speaking of shows, BTW. The wound was so bad that Samwise had to wear his sweater for almost 3 months, and he fell way behind in his cat show schedule working toward his GP.

Here, for your amusement, is a photo of "Samwise the Sad."

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a23...a/SWtheSad.jpg

Take care, and all the best from all of us in Texas,
post #43 of 43
Thread Starter 
That picture made me think of this one:



My chihuahua Midge pulled out her spay sutures three times, and the final time, on top of the cone, the vet had me make a body cast out of my sock. I was not allowed to remove it for even 1 minute for a full 2 weeks. She was that fast when it came to suture ripping. Not a happy dog.
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