Thursday night before a show is bath night. Everyone has their own grooming tricks, so I thought I’d share mine.
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.
While the shampoo is melding, I clip Jake’s claws and clean his ears. I use Q-tips first.
Then I use ear wipes to finish up. I’m not sure I need them…
…but they’re meant to be used on Abys, obviously!
Then, I Furminate Jake’s coat to get all the loose hair off before he goes in the tub.
It never fails to amaze me how much hair comes off a cat who barely seems to shed!
Then I give Jake’s chin a special scrubbing with a mix of benzoyl peroxide and the degreaser to help his chin acne.
After all that, it’s into the tub.
First I wet Jake down.
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.
The rule is, rinse til you’re certain all the soap is out. And then rinse two more times.
Jake gets dried off with a super-absorbent microfiber towel first.
Then he gets bundled into a big bath towel.
I blow dry him until he’s about half dry.
After that, I figure he can handle the rest.
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.
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!