AMERICAN CURL SHOW BATH AND GROOMING TECHNIQUES
Caroline Scott-CFA American Curl Breed Council Secretary, MARCH 2008
Caroline Scott spent
22 years experimenting with every shampoo and grooming regimen to help
enhance the silkiness and shine of the Curl coat. Below you will see
what products she suggests you use to help keep your Curl looking and
feeling their best!
1. E-Z GROOM CRYSTAL WHITE Shampoo-Use
CRYSTAL GOLD for red or brown coats-
Caroline Scott recommended you please.
2. GOOP hand cleaner in a plastic tub from grocery store.
3. SHOWER TO SHOWER talc or Corn Starch powder to sprinkle liberally on
tail fur packing it down to the skin the night before bath.
4. For ear cleaning prior and after bath, use
Epi-otic Advanced Ear
cleaner. Put on Q-Tips first and then gently clean the outer ear canal
and furrows. Very important since the ears get scrutinized so closely.
DO NOT PULL ON EAR CARTILAGE or put any liquids into the ears and avoid
getting water into them. Item #17652-740 $12.99
5. Pointy-ended make-up
applicators called “Eye Tees” by Fran Wilson can be found on amazon...
6. Mr. Cristal's Oil of Orchid Conditioner
Waterpik Shower Massage head is best if the
Curlie will tolerate it. Purchase an extra long hose if bathing in the tub.
8. DAWN blue dish washing liquid.
Bio-Groom Super White
Shampoo for whitening white areas on your curl. Please do this step before
you apply the Crystal White Shampoo. Item
#70212 & #70211
11. Johnson's Baby Shampoo (diluted for face washing)
12. 12 oz. Plastic Tumbler
13. Super Duck Dryer
has been discontinued so, here are a few links to view and make your best
educated guess on what will work for you and your curl…
14. Bathe your Curl where
the best water pressure is in the house. If you do not have a large sink
with a sprayer hose than use the bathtub. It is best to use a Waterpic
adjustable nozzle and an eight-foot long hose while bathing your Curl in the
tub. When you are on the road please put your Curl on a small wooden secure
stool or carrier. Prior to bathing it is necessary to clean ears and clip
nails. Trim any protruding link hairs from the chin and trim corners of top
eyelashes to enhance your Curl’s walnut shape eyes with short straight
nose-hair scissors…NOT CURVED.
www.KVVET.com Item #563C $6.95
READY TO BEGIN
On dry coat,
use Goop working it well into the body coat, especially the tail and
behind the ears. Use the toothbrush for the paws, behind ears and tail
getting all the way down to the skin. Adding more water, Goop through
entire cat and underneath belly. RINSE OUT WELL until squeaky. Squeeze
Dawn directly on coat and tail using toothbrush behind ears and down to
skin deep on the tail. Lather. RINSE OUT WELL. REPEAT the Dawn bath and
rinse... Now pour 2 inches of Crystal White into tumbler and add VERY
HOT water to half fill the tumbler. Mix. IMPORTANT to use as hot as
possible. Slowly pour onto coat. Work into lather. Let stay on for 3-5
minutes. RINSE FOREVER AND UNTIL SQUEAKY. Now, use a TEENINCY SMUDGE of
Oil of Orchid Conditioning Treatment rubbed onto your palms just so
palms feel slippery. Work into back and sides so fur sits up spiky. NOT
TOO MUCH. NEVER put conditioner on the tail, head or behind the ears.
Count to 50 while working into coat. Makes the coat very silky with
minimal static. RINSE LIKE FOREVER UNTIL SQUEAKY. End of bath. Ready for
Squeeze out excess water with big clean towels. Dry in an area free of
other cats and no drafts. Place a towel on a grooming table. Hand dry
using a Super Duck blow dryer on medium heat, hi blowing. Use fingers to
separate fur for a few minutes. Using a medium metal comb, blow dry tail
first. The tail gets blow dried with a medium fine comb gently
separating the fine fur in opposite direction. Never pull. This all
takes about 30 minutes from towel to dry. Then play with Curlie 5
minutes in a clean dry area to air dry. This “sets” the coat and helps
prevent licking in hair licks or lying on the coat funny right after the
bath. Then cage Curlie to keep out of trouble until the next morning,
giving only dry food and water to prevent wet food mishaps. Give another
bath on Saturday night if Curlie doesn't look perfect in the ring. Also
the more you give a show shampoo the better they look. Give a Goop and
Dawn bath a week before the Friday show bath when not shown for a while.
TOOLS FOR SHOW HALL PRESENTATION
SUNDAY before ring call, spray DAILY CARE leave in detangler by Joico
(formerly INTEGRITY) available from beauty supply houses or some drug
stores. Mist over body, stomach and tail. One spray each. Leave in 3
minutes and let dry. Then comb.
Fine metal comb around head and chest Medium metal comb body, tail and
belly fur. Small natural bristle brush for tail optional. Use a clean,
dampened washcloth for face cleaning prior to EVERY ring. Water dish
filled with water to moisten Q-Tips for eyes, nose and face cleaning
prior to EVERY ring. NEVER use your fingernail to clean eyes or nose....
Blow on the fur in the opposite direction when combing to separate fur.
For quick help on stud tails in the hotel room use Shower to Shower
powder. Brush out with bristle brush and a blow dryer prior to leaving
for show hall Sunday. NEVER put powder on coat anywhere else on body, it
just makes it worse. Use white grooming powder on a Q-Tip gently on chin
and across nose if white areas. Pink the nose with a wet Q-Tip for that
healthy glow just before going to the ring. Now you should be ready to
compete with confidence. GOOD LUCK! Curlie will look great! Always
reward with baby food on a spoon before and after show ring. Stay calm
as Curls will pick up on stress--- and have fun!! Caroline