Originally Posted by Luvmybirmans
I'm not sure if this best fits the grooming or breeders section, but I am going to enter my little girls in a cat show. I've been told that I must wash them to a sparkling shine (and something about using the hairdryer - we'll cross that bridge later). I have heard of some shampoo for pets that has a blue color which supposedly "whitens the whites." Does anyone know the name of this potion? Or have a good suggestion? I have also been told to use Palmolive. Do you think it is safe?
Although we are truly newbies as exhibitors, all of one show under our belts, our Grand Champion Turkish Van having been neutered, having come to live with us and now embarked by us on the Premiership circuit. we have had advice in this respect from those who know much more than we do about the subject.
We would think that the answer to your question is largely dependent upon the breed of your cat, the nature and attributes of its coat, and its coloration.
Our Van is of course fundamentally white. The breed is a long-haired. The Van also has an unusually oily coat, possibly attributable to its being "the swimming cat?"
Putting all these attributes together the advice we have received from breeders of nationally distinguished Turkish Vans with respect to bathing them is:
a. First a 50/50 mixture of a good shampoo and "Goop." The latter is typically used by mechanics for cleaning their hands of oil and grease. That is why you buy it at an auto parts store. We of course use "white Goop" rather than the possibly more common "orange Goop." The Goop is more effective for cleaning the natural oils from the coat than is shampoo alone.
b. Next is rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse and rinse some more. When you believe that all the soap is rinsed out, then rinse, rinse, rinse and rinse some more.
c. For the white cat such as our Van the next step is a special shampoo formulation like "E-Z Groom Crystal White Shampoo." We understand that there are counterparts for other colors. This brand is mixed in an 8:1 ratio, water to E-Z Groom. The mixture is heated to a temperature which passes the people-mother's "drops on the wrist test." The cat is soaped down and is immobilized, in a towel or such, before rinsing, for say 5 to 8 minutes. If immobilization is impossible, as in the case of Samwise, our hyper-active feline, put him, soaped down, in his carrier for the 5-8 minutes.
d. Then repeat step b. above. Rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse, and rinse some more.
e. Then comes the white vinegar/water rinse, designed to eliminate all traces of soap. We suspect that 50:50 is rather a strong mix. You do not want your cat to smell like a pickle.
f. Then, once again, repeat steps b. and d.
The use of a hair dryer receives mixed reactions. Samwise will not permit one to be used, which settles the question in our house, so he gets a good toweling until he escapes our grasp, and he finishes drying naturally.
We would stress that the above exercise is designed for our long-haired white cat with an oily coat. This mode, we understand, is used by many Persian breeders. For specific advice with respect to your cat we would recommend that you contact a breeder, or breeders, of your breed of cat. There are many little tricks out there which are used by experts.
We have attached a photo of Samwise giving you an idea of what he looks like after step f.
All the best, and we hope you have the best of success as an exhibitor. This is a marvelous hobby.
Jim & Ann