Aby-a-Day – October 10: It’s not easy being pretty

Thursday night before a show is bath night. Everyone has their own grooming tricks, so I thought I’d share mine.

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I use a mix of a degreasing shampoo and a colour-enhancing shampoo for red and brown coats. Jacoby’s coat tends to get a little greasy from being petted all the time. I mix the shampoos and let them sit for a while.

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While the shampoo is melding, I clip Jake’s claws and clean his ears. I use Q-tips first.

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Then I use ear wipes to finish up. I’m not sure I need them…

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…but they’re meant to be used on Abys, obviously!

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Then, I Furminate Jake’s coat to get all the loose hair off before he goes in the tub.

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It never fails to amaze me how much hair comes off a cat who barely seems to shed!

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Then I give Jake’s chin a special scrubbing with a mix of benzoyl peroxide and the degreaser to help his chin acne.

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After all that, it’s into the tub.

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First I wet Jake down.

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The soap combo I use doesn’t get very sudsy, which is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to rinsing. It’s easier to rinse out of his fur, but it’s really hard to tell that you’ve got all the soap completely rinsed out.

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The rule is, rinse til you’re certain all the soap is out. And then rinse two more times.

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Jake gets dried off with a super-absorbent microfiber towel first.

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Then he gets bundled into a big bath towel.

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I blow dry him until he’s about half dry.

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After that, I figure he can handle the rest.

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Jake dries pretty quickly. After he’s done, I take a shower (well, I’m wet anyway) and by the time I’m done, he’s mostly dry. And then he gets a quick spritz with bay rum and a polish with a chamois cloth, the traditional finish to Aby grooming.

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Jake is one of the few cats I’ve known I could wash by myself. He is definitely the only one I have ever been able to wash with one hand!