Grooming Techniques

Learn the grooming techniques that will allow you to present
your show cat beautifully, including secret tips from the pros!

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  • * Add Heat To Your Show Cat's Conditioning Bath
    The conditioning bath prepares and maintains your show cat's the coat between show baths. Adding heat to a conditioning bath helps intensify the effects of the conditioning.
    November 2015

  • * Adding Volume to Your Cat's Coat
    Learn how to add more volume to your cat's coat, making the coat look fuller and bigger. This article tells you specific products to use and what they will do to add fullness and texture to your cat's coat.
    January 2021

  • * Afraid Of The Dryer
    What do you do if your show cat is terrified of the hair dryer?
    May 2022

  • * Anal Sac Problems In Your Cat
    Learning how to express your cat's anal sacs is easy and may help avoid a future medical problem.
    January 2018

  • * Bathing Your Cat in the Show Hotel
    The best-groomed Persians have often just been bathed and blown dry the morning of the show - even if the exhibitor is staying in a hotel. Have you every wondered how people bath their kitties when they are away from home? Wonder no longer!
    September 2000

  • * Black Cat's Coat
    Understanding everything about a black coat is the first step to breeding and grooming your black show cat . . .
    October 2013

  • * Black Stuff At The Corners Of The Mouth
    If you have a light colored cat, you may have noticed black stuff in the corner of its mouth. Learn what it is and how to get rid of it...
    May 2012

  • * Bleaching Stains: The Art of the Paste, Part 1
    This is the first in a two-part article describing how to prepare and apply a simple paste to remove yellow stains from the white coat of your show cat.
    November 2021

  • * Bleaching Stains: The Art of the Paste, Part 2
    This is the second installment in our article about bleaching out the stains from the coat of a white show cat. Photos of an actual cat illustrate how to apply the simple paste.
    November 2021

  • * Blow Drying Your Longhaired Show Cat
    While exhibitors place great emphasis on the actual show bath, the way you dry your Persian is just as important.
    November 2021

  • * Chin Acne and Stud Tail
    Learn the best treatments to eliminate these irritating skin conditions.
    September 2020

  • * Chin Dirt
    Black specks on a cat's chin are not actually 'dirt'.
    February 2007

  • * Choosing A Handheld Shower Sprayer For Bathing Your Cat
    Whether you are bathing your cat at home or in your hotel room before the show, you need a good handheld shower spray to get the job done right. Learn how to choose the right sprayer for your cat's needs . . .
    September 2015

  • * Clipping Your Cat's Nails
    Regular clipping of your cat's nails is an important part of its grooming routine.
    August 2019

  • * Coffee Filter Bib For Your Show Cat
    A bib can be an essential tool for keeping your immaculately groomed cat in purr-fect condition. An easy and inexpensive bib can be made from a simple coffee filter. Learn how . . .
    February 2017

  • * Conditioning Bath
    Knowing when, why and how to give the perfect conditioning bath will prepare your cat's coat for the show bath that will produce the perfect results.
    September 2015

  • * Controlling Static
    If you have had a problem with static in your cat's coat, it's time for you to anticipate the problem and begin to take steps to avoid it. Learn about some of the options and products available for you to correct the problem of flyaway coat.
    December 2016

  • * De-Matting Your Cat
    With some care and a few tricks, you can de-mat your cat without sacrificing its coat.
    September 2019

  • * Deep Conditioning Coat Treatment For Your Cat
    Giving your show cat's coat a deep conditioning treatment is THE way to produce a silky soft coat on a longhaired cat or a super shiny coat on a shorthair kitty. Once you've tried this grooming technique, you will never do without it again.
    August 2017

  • Dirty Nails
    An owner discovers 'gunk' at the base of her Persian's toenails.
    July 2018

  • * Dry Coat
    Mid-winter is often a time when your cat's coat starts to appear dry and develops dandruff. Here are some grooming tips to get it back into condition!
    February 2017

  • * Eight Major Factors That Affect Coat
    Nothing is quite as glorious as a Persian with coat dripping to the floor or an Exotic with a coat that your hand just sinks into. Learn about the 8 major things that affect how much coat your cat will have - and what you can do to help.
    March 2002

  • * Evaluating Coat
    There is no breed of cat who can boast quite the hair finery of a magnificent Persian with great coat factor. Have you ever been at a loss for words to describe your cat's coat? Learn how best to describe the different coats a Persian can carry.
    September 2000

  • * Eyes Wide Open: Part One
    Few things are as frustrating as the cat who holds his eyes wide open at home but squints at the cat show. Fear not! There are ways to help your kitty show off his beautiful peepers.
    August 2017

  • * Eyes Wide Open: Part Two
    Learn which eye drops and eye washes work best to help your kitty's eyes stay wide open at the cat show.
    August 2017

  • * Fine-Tuning The Show Bath
    Learn the various ways of "tweaking" your cat's show bath to produce the finest results possible....
    November 2009

  • * Float The Coat
    You may have done a wonderful job shampooing your cat . . . but a poor job of rinsing the coat can make all your efforts pointless if there is any soap left behind. Learn how to "Float the Coat" to make sure no residue is left behind when bathing your kitty.
    April 2021

  • * Grooming A Black Cat
    There is something incredibly striking about a cat whose color is a deep, limitless, and undeniable black.
    March 2003

  • * Grooming Emergencies
    When a grooming disaster occurs in the show hall, the smart exhibitor knows how to make unexpected repairs. This article will teach you everything you need to know to solve any grooming emergency.
    February 2016

  • * Grooming The Red Cat
    This article discusses valuable grooming tips especially for the hottest of the feline colors the RED CATS. This includes all the red colors from pure, clear, solid red, through red tabby to flame points.
    March 2016

  • Grooming The Silver & Golden
    Janice Reichle of Diadem Silvers shares the grooming routine that propelled the Diadem silvers to the great heights in the show ring.
    June 2018

  • * Grooming Your Exotic
    With a record of 7 National Winners, 15 Regional Winners, 25 Grands, & 2 DM 'S... (and still counting), Irene and Werner Kachel have been breeding and exhibiting outstanding Exotics in CFA for 25 years. Irene now shares with you her expert show grooming r
    September 2000

  • * Grooming Your Persian's Tail
    Short, thick, beautiful... learn how to present your cat's tail at its best.
    July 2019

  • * Hot Oil Treatment
    If your cat's hair is dry, flyaway or brittle, a hot oil treatment may be just what is needed to put life and shine back in to the coat.
    April 2021

  • * Hot Towel Treatment
    Does your cat have dry or flyaway coat? Lacking shine? Perhaps now is the time for a hot towel treatment!
    December 2008

  • * How Do I Degrease My Cat?
    My cat is greasy! It's one of the commonest complaints from groomers. Have you ever overheard a person say 'so-and-so's cat looks greasy'? Did you agree with their assessment? Did you know what to suggest to 'fix' the problem? Now you will!
    July 2000

  • In Search Of The Natural Groomer
    Tips for finding the right professional groomer for your cat....
    June 2009

  • * Make Bathing Your Cat Easier
    Learn the tips that make bathing your cat a more pleasant experience for both of you.
    October 2019

  • New-Style Cat Bib
    Having trouble using a traditional cat bib to keep your show kitty clean? Try this new style cat bib from Melida Murrey of Loralyn Himalayans!
    April 2006

  • * Oily Coats
    An oily coat is an unattractive coat. Learn the tips and techniques to help your cats coat look its best.
    July 2004

  • * Out Damn Spot!
    Removing stains on white and bicolor cats is a constant challenge for exhibitors. There are a great number of 'tricks' and 'private formulas' that the best groomers use to prevent or eliminate stains, especially under the eyes... and this article shares them with you!
    July 2000

  • Packing With EW Grooming Powder to Reduce and Prevent Eye Staining
    Learn the best techniques for 'packing' your cat's eyes to prevent or reduce eye stains.
    June 2002

  • * Powder Packing A Dilute
    Learn the classic grooming technique to help a dilute coat appear its palest and voluminous best.
    November 2018

  • * Purple Cat!
    Have you ever used a new shampoo and discovered it turned your white cat an unflattering shade of purple?
    November 2016

  • Purr-fect Bath
    An exhibitor of national-winning Persians shares her grooming secrets in a new DVD!
    July 2005

  • * Putting Your Cat In Oil
    To "put a cat in oil" refers to a coat treatment with a concentrated cream conditioner which spans several days, sometimes up to a week. Learn this technique to re-moisturize your show cat's coat.
    December 2021

  • * Selection & Care of Scissors
    A good pair of hair scissors will help you groom your cat to perfection. Learn how to select the best pair for your needs and how to care for them properly.
    July 2016

  • * Shaving Your Cat's Nose
    Exhibitors of well-presented Silvers and Goldens and tabbies take care that the mascara on their cat's nose leather is not obscured by hair along the edge of the nose leather. The best way of emphasizing good nose mascara is by shaving the hairline around it.
    March 2020

  • * Show Bath by Fabuls
    Vikki Valentine describes the bathing routine she follows to present her stunning FABULS Bicolor Persians. This article includes step by step photos of the grooming routine.
    January 2002

  • * Show Grooming A Black Cat
    This article discuss everything you need to know about a black cat's coat. Learn the best "tricks" to presenting your black cat to purrfection . . .
    October 2017

  • * Tipping A Dilute
    Enhancing the ethereal beauty of the dilute colors of cats can often requires a special grooming technique called 'tipping'.
    April 2003

  • * Vinegar Rinse
    A vinegar rinse can be a useful addition to your cat's regular bath routine. Learn more about this simple grooming additive.
    November 2016

  • * When A Black Coat Turns Brown
    It can be a bit of a shock to see your inky black cat turning brown. Even a small brown or rusty tinge on a black cat is a color fault in the show ring. Learn the causes of a brownish black coat and what you can do to improve the color....
    July 2017



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