RESPECT The- Star!
|Purred: Sat Jan 3, '09 7:17am PST |
|Harvey, thank you, very much for that info.
Altho we have very supportive, friendly and helpful people on the CFA
circuit, sharing grooming secrets, is not one of them. Was at one show
last year and hurt my back. Being that Bumpurr is 20 lbs, just could not
lift him up. I was on my 3rd and final call, and they came looking for me.
Bumpurr always makes the finals, and usually places high, and it would
have been an easy way, to get rid of a competator that day. But they
carried him back and forth all day Sun, to his rings, to his finals. In one
ring, each thought the other was going to get him. I struggled to get him
out of his ring, and sat with him on my lap, waiting for the final, in the
back row. Nobody ever said a word. CFA rule, your not supposed to do
that. When they called the final, I struggled to get up, could not do it
with him on my lap, even the judge asked if I needed help, another
competator put him in the final. He missed highpoint that day by 1 point.
CFA is not like TICA as far as finals. In TICA, if your not there, they still
award the placing to an empy cage with your # on it. In CFA, if you miss
your final, they will call another cat.
When I first started showing, no one, would tell me what to use, and they
still won't, so hence, alot of trial and error of many products and the
"formula". What works for Bumpurr, does not work for Prowler or Smokey.
3 different fur types and lengths, I have a different formual for each cat.
If I knew, or knew how to find out, if horse products were safe for cats, my
main concern, the safety of the cat, I would not have this problem.
I excelled at showing halter and showmanship. At the wash rack at shows,
people had done 3 horses, and I was still on the same horse, they teased me
all the time, but, which ever horse I had, he was the very best groomed,
and just shined. I knew all the tricks, and had more steps and equipment
than the Persian people. Showed a dark gold palomino, and her white
mane, tail and 4 white socks, were so brite, ya had to wear shades.
My main concern is the safety of the cat, as far as all these products.
At horse shows, people used to use Wisk, a laundry soap, on their horses
white bodies, Pinto/Paint. Ya, it did a great job, but the horses developed
skin probs from it. I refused to use it, for the safety of the horse.
Altho, ya can't see it in the picture, Bumpurr has the Rag Doll fur, long
and thick, which is why it takes so long to rinse rinse rinse and blow dry.
I also only have a regular hair dryer, and put it on low, so as to now burn
him or his fur. I know I should have a pet hair dryer, but have no idea,
what kind or type to get, maybe you could tell me what to look for, or
I had tried the Dawn, but it dried out his fur and skin, and actually made
his fur look dull. I am hesitant to use Goop, as I worry about the safety of
the cat, using a product, mechanics use to get grease off their hands.
What is this oil product? Where would you get it? Is it safe for the cat?
Is the bounce dryer sheet safe for the cat?
I want him to look good, and I want him to win, but I don't want to make
him sick or kill him in the process.
With horses, you can take more liberties, per say, because a horse is not
going to lick them selves, and ingest something, like a cat would.
If you have a way of finding out, I can tell you what horse product to use
that will make Harvey's white so brite, ya gotta wear shades, if its safe for
a cat. If I knew how to use the scanner, I would send you a picture of my
horse, and you could see for yourself.
I think your right, I think there is invisible dirt or grease, that I am not
seeing, and could be done better. So let me know about the oil and the
pet dryer, and what products you use that work, paw mail me, if ya
don't want to put it up here.
Ever tried I think its called Jerob products?
If ya had a way of finding out, if horse products were safe for cats, I could
tell you exactly what shampoos to use, and a spray shine product, that
does not equal any cat product I ever saw or tried. Harvey would be so
shiney and soft, you would blow away your competition.
I only wash Bumpurr when he is going to a show, just comb him out every
day, he still looks like you could take him to a show like that. My kittens
have had 2 "training" baths, as I like to call them, they are pretty good
about their baths, we are still working on being good boys for the blow
drying, I know its the noise that scares them. But Bumpurr was the same
way when he was a kitten, now he just sits there, for his bath and blow dry.
I have asked the Maine Coon people, no go, I guess I could try the Persian
people. They have no interest in helping Bumpurr, gee, I wonder why, and
I don't even want to tell you, what one lady, who said she had the top MC
in the country, did to me at one show.
When I was a kid, my trainer always told me, ya want to go against the
very best. You don't want to beat someone because they are poorly turned
out or their horse is poorly groomed, no reward in that.
Harvey, I greatly appreciate all your help, thats what I was always taught,
help others. Wish you were in the US, would love to see Harvey in person,
he is such a beautiful cat, reminds me of Bumpurr.