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Himalayan Household Pet Show Grooming Question

post #1 of 12
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Hello!

I am going to take my Himalayan mix cat to her first household pet show. She has really long hair on her feet that grows in between her foot pads. I really like her long foot hair because I think it is cute and unique but I was wondering if I should trim it for a show. Any advice?

I also wondered what coat color enhancing shampoo is recomended for a seal point? Should I just use the type for white cats? I was thinking of trying 1 All Systems Professional Whitening Shampoo but didnt want to give her a bleached out look.

I am new to the site and am trying to add a picture of her and her foot hair to this post but cant. Any advice is much appreciated and welcomed!!
post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by krussell3 View Post
Hello!

I am going to take my Himalayan mix cat to her first household pet show. She has really long hair on her feet that grows in between her foot pads. I really like her long foot hair because I think it is cute and unique but I was wondering if I should trim it for a show. Any advice?

I also wondered what coat color enhancing shampoo is recomended for a seal point? Should I just use the type for white cats? I was thinking of trying 1 All Systems Professional Whitening Shampoo but didnt want to give her a bleached out look.

I am new to the site and am trying to add a picture of her and her foot hair to this post but cant. Any advice is much appreciated and welcomed!!
No absolutely not - don't trim the footsies! They are part of a Longhairs character.

I wouldn't use a whitening shampoo on a pointed baby either. Maybe some American's can help reccomend a shampoo
post #3 of 12
Do not trim the fur on the feet - its supposed to be there. The shampoo you want to use should be fine. You want to bath the cat one or two days before the show.

If you have some time, experiment with it now and see how his coat feels over the next few days - that will determine when its at its best.

Before you wet the cat - be sure to comb out EVERY tangle or knot from the coat. There are long hair people in here that can give you other hints for washing.

I've used a whitening shampoo on bicolors with no problems, so it shouldn't hurt a pointed cat.
post #4 of 12
I use whitening shampoo on my pointed sphynx and it works well.
I use the Burts Bees with the carrot on it.
I do not know anything about longhair cats though.
post #5 of 12
Leave the toe tufts as they are, but the bathing should be done as close to the start of the show as possible. There are several persian exhitibors that will get up the morning of the show and bathe them at that time. If you give the bath a couple days before the show, the coat will not be full and flowing. Each hair should be able to be seen individually - the more volume the better.
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Do not trim the fur on the feet - its supposed to be there.
Is that in a standard for HHP's? If you guys have one for LH. I'd love to see it?
post #7 of 12
There really is no real "standard" per say for HHP's. But if you have a long hair cat, you have toe tufts and you don't trim them. You don't do it for pedigrees, so why would you do it for HHP's?

Not sure I get your point?
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
There really is no real "standard" per say for HHP's. But if you have a long hair cat, you have toe tufts and you don't trim them. You don't do it for pedigrees, so why would you do it for HHP's?

Not sure I get your point?
I agree with you but you said "it's supposed to be there" so I thought there was a standard. TBH if I was judging HHP and found somebody had cut them off, it wouldn't count against the exhibit. but I think it goes with a Longhair's character...

Persians & Exotics also have their ears plucked but if a LH HHP hadn't had that done, it again, wouldn't count against the exhibit (If I was judging).
post #9 of 12
Oh I get it. Guess I wasn't clear. Just meant that if the cat is long hair, it will have toe tufts and those should not be cut - its part of being a long hair. Didn't know it would be confusing
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for the advice. I love the toe tuffs so I am glad they stay The show I am going to starts at 9 and is an hour drive so I dont think I will have time to bathe the morning of the show. Or maybe I will end up waking up at 4to give her a bath! She does seem much more fluffy the day I bathe her.
post #11 of 12
You could probably do the bathing the night before instead of that same morning since you would want to make sure she is completely dry.

Good luck at your show!
post #12 of 12
Do the bathing the night before the show - you'll have enough to worry about the day of the show Make a list of everything to take so you don't forget anything (cat should be #1 on the list)
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