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Grooming Siamese or Orientals

Grooming a Siamese or Oriental cat should be a daily task as simple as running your hands over the cats coat. A few days before a show you can give your cat a warm bran bath if the cats coat is dirty, but normally for a light coloured cat all you should need to do is sprinkle talcum powder through the coat, rub through, and then thoroughly brush it out. With a fine-toothed comb, work down the cat from its head to its tail. As you comb, look for black specks - a sign of fleas. If you suspect your cat has fleas contact your vet or pet shop for a suitable treatment. A final wipe over with a silk or chamois leather is all that is then required.

Gently remove any deposits in the corner of the cats eyes with a moist tissue and clean the ears with a cotton bud moistened with baby oil. Do not poke the cotton bud in the ear canal, all you need to do is remove any dirt from the inside of the ear flap itself.

Bran Bath:

A bran bath is useful for removing all traces of grease and dirt from the coat of a short-hair cat, but give it about five days before a show. Put 100g of bran - the type used for feeding horses - on a tray in a warm oven. When the bran is warm, stand the cat (held by an assistant) on a firm table and rub it onto the coat - against the growth - on its back, belly and tail. Leave the bran on for as long as possible then brush it all out.

Washing Your Cat:

Sometimes if may be necessary to bath your cat. The kitchen sink is probably the best place to carry out this exercise; baths are too large and the cat can become frightened, and basins are too shallow. Unless your cat is accustomed to being bathed, it is advisable to have a friend help you.

  • Fill the sink 1/3 full with warm water. Check the temperature with your elbow, similar to testing a baby's bath. Using a plastic jug or cup measurement wet the cat's fur.

  • Apply a small amount of baby shampoo or one which has been designed for cats. Gently rub through the coat and rinse thoroughly.

  • Apply a good quality hair conditioner, but avoid those with too much perfume in case this causes an allergic reaction. This will help to prevent the coat of a shorthair cat becoming too fluffy after washing. Thoroughly rinse the conditioner out of the cat's coat.

  • Remove the cat from the water and wrap him up in a towel and rub well.
  • It is not necessary to use a hair dryer for a shorthaired cat if the cat objects. It can be towel dried in front of a heater or in a warm patch of sunlight.

  • Always brush a shorthaired cat in the direction that the fur lies to keep the sleek appearance.

Trimming Claws:

If in any doubt as to how to trim the claws, let the veterinarian show you how, or let him clip them yourself.

Use either very sharp scissors, human toe-nail clippers or veterinary "guillotine-type" claw clippers. Hold the cat firmly in your lap and gently press the pad of its paw with your fingers to make the claws extend. Examine the nail carefully. The main part includes the pinkish-coloured quick which contains the nerves and blood vessels. You must NOT cut this. The white tips are dead tissue and can be cut, but not closer than 2mm to the quick.

What About De-clawing My Cat?

Three simple words: DON'T DO IT!

Ever thought of having your finger nails pulled off? Pretty well amounts to the same thing. If you don't want the cat to scratch your furniture, get a scratching post or a dog instead. You see, cats scratch. That's a fact of life, they're just doing what comes naturally. De-clawing is an inhumane and cruel treatment and many veterinarians nowadays refuse to perform the operation.

Tea Tree Oil - Toxic to Cats

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Tea Tree Oil poisoning cats.