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Video: How To Prepare An Oriental Cat For A Show?
By all standards, Oriental coats are recognized as the least carefree of all cats. Silky, dense - it drives breeders crazy. In this article, we will tell you how to prepare both short-haired and long-haired oriental (Javanese) cats for the show. There are, of course, common points for each cat, but there are also features, for example, even the color of the coat matters.
The basics of oriental grooming for shows or ordinary feline life are as follows:
Trim your claws. In addition to helping to keep you and the furniture safe and sound, claw trimming is a rule for CFA shows and therefore mandatory for all cats on display. The process is much simpler than it might seem.
Press the cat between your side and your hand. Take the paw with which you are working in your left hand and squeeze it with your fingers, thus exposing the claws. Using a pair of guillotine tweezers or a nail clipper (hold them perpendicular to the ground), trim the sharp edge of the claw vertically. Such a haircut will prevent the claws from exfoliating, which can be very unpleasant for the cat and even dangerous.
We clean the ears with a wet cotton swab with a stopper (for newborns), just like people. It is important for us to clean the shell and the outer part of the ear without touching the ear canals.
Comb the cat well. The most suitable type of brush for short-haired cats is a hard rubber brush, which can be purchased at almost any pet store. Holding the brush in the palm of your hand with the wavy side outward, brush the cat in the direction of hair growth with quick, sharp strokes. Thus, we remove the fallen and dead hairs.
For long-haired (Javanese) cats, a steel comb is suitable, the effect will be exactly the same, given that the long hair is more brittle than the short one. Sometimes even a damp cloth can remove most of the hair that has fallen out. Good brushing and brushing is a great way to get along with your cat and prepare him for serious grooming.
Finally, dry the cat with your hands or chamois to completely remove any hairs missed by brushing. Again, this must be done in the direction of hair growth. As a result, we get a smooth and silky skin.
Now let's talk about show cats. There are several features that breeders practice. The best way to learn is by watching a professional work, but here are some helpful things:
Bathing - by and large, oriental cats do not need it, because it causes strong fluff, and since their coat is devoid of undercoat, it always remains fairly clean. And colors such as white and softer tones may even fade completely, and touch-up will be needed.
We check the legs, muzzle and genital area. If it is really necessary, then wash the cat with shampoo at least one day before the show, so that in case of failure, the coat will restore its natural fat content and settle down.
NEVER DRY ORIENTAL CAT WITH A HAIRDRYER! Simply wrap the animal in a towel, leave it in a warm place, and dry it with your hands. If dryness or excessive fluffiness is still a problem, then a small amount of mink oil rubbed into the suede will help the wool settle into its usual place.
The Javanese (Oriental Longhair) cat needs to blow-dry its tail if you haven't already had time to fluff it with a comb. Use a good metal comb, not the BRUSH for short-haired orientals, so as not to ditch the fur. Long-haired cats often need a bath to emphasize their bushy tail.
The hair on the ears is a matter of personal preference. Some people like natural ears, so make sure your cat doesn't have spotted ears. Others think that a cat with uncut ears is like Miss America with unshaven legs. Although the judge will judge everything with a professional look, trimmed ears appear more complete and seem to be the opinion of most breeders.
Pay attention to both options for trimming the hair on the ears and ask the contestants how they achieved this effect.
If you decide to trim the hair on the ears, then you will need two tools. This is a CURVED scissors and trimmer. It is worth noting that not all cats are comfortable with the hum of the trimmer.
Place the cat on your lap. Bend the ears gently towards the back of the head. This will open the ears and lift the fur off the skin. Trim the coat about 5-6 mm and then use the trimmer. Ear trimming for long-haired orientals is a matter of personal preference, but many people don't do it at all. The judges also prefer naturalness more. Some cut their hair only if it gets into the auricle or sticks out too much.
For the next procedure, you will need a separating comb. But this tool must be kept away from children. Since in inexperienced hands such a comb can cause irreparable damage to a cat's fur coat and completely deprive the cat of any chances at the show. And if the use of such a comb helps to remove excess hair and fluff, then when using such a tool on a cat with a wild color (agouti), the comb will cut off the ends of the hair and, as a result, light stripes on the hair, which form the color. Smart and deliberate use of the separating comb will help get rid of fluff on the neck and jaws, smooth the fur on the tummy, but if used incorrectly, the cat will look chewed. Therefore, you need an experienced assistant who can at least show you how to use the tool correctly.
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In the case of long-haired orientals (Javanese cats), you should NEVER use such combs. Some people just use a straight razor to remove some hair from the neck (this makes the neck look longer).
When preparing a long-haired (Javanese) cat for an exhibition, it must be treated with an antistatic agent or texturizer. This will help to style the coat, fluff the ponytail and get rid of unwanted static.
Spread the solution on your hands and rub into the cat's fur. No need to spray directly on the cat! Do this at least half an hour before the show, otherwise the pet may think that you have not tried enough and will lick the fur.
The coat should be silky and well laid, fluffing only at the tail. Does it still shine like a shorthaired? You may need a little powder to hide the shine.
And now, for both types of orientals, we will carry out a final check: eyes, ears, nose and tail, if everything is clean and if there are any defects. Finally, wipe the cat with a suede handkerchief and you're ready to go!