RagaMuffin Kitten Show Bath
Gather Necessary Supplies
So now that you have wonderful RagaMuffin kittens, it is time to think about showing them at ACFA, CFA or GCCF shows. Many people find it a lot of fun to go to a show. You get to see different breeds, and it is also fun to watch your kittens being judged. Bring along a friend (maybe one with their own RagaMuffin to show) and you can have an enjoyable day or two at a cat show.
The first thing you need to learn before showing your RagaMuffins kittens is how to properly bathe and groom them for a show. This article will give you the information you need to get your RagaMuffin in tip-top show condition. You should always give your RagaMuffin a show bath before a show. The judges do notice if a cat is not properly groomed and it reflects poorly on the RagaMuffin breed. Don't assume just because your RagaMuffin kittens or RagaMuffin cats are not dirty, that they are fine to show without a show bath. The judges will look to see whether your RagaMuffins received the grooming that they expect of any cat being shown.
Before you begin the show bath, gather the following materials:
Big absorbent bath towel
Dawn dish liquid, diluted with water and warmed in the microwave
Cat shampoo (some shampoos are made for specific colors)
Clarifying shampoo (optional, but really helpful)
Large plastic cup
Blow dryer - if you are going to be doing a lot of showing, having a commercial dryer will save a lot of time. You can buy them used to save money
Before starting the bath, make sure to cut your RagaMuffin's nails. They will need to be trimmed prior to the show and you will definitely be glad you trimmed them once you have started the show bath. Also, make sure the temperature of your house is comfortably warm.
Do a brief combing of your RagaMuffin to remove dead hair prior to the bath. Take the washcloth and put enough warm water on it to make it damp. Use the washcloth to clean the inside or your kitten or cat's ears and gently wipe their face to ensure it is clean. Put a cotton ball in each ear to protect your RagaMuffin from getting water in their ears.
Put your kittens or cats in the sink without water. Scoop a degreaser, such as Jerob's degreaser or Davis Degrease and spread it on your RagaMuffin's body. The degreaser will help remove oil from the coat, as well as stains, and it will also help the water to penetrate the coat of your RagaMuffin. Once you have applied the degreaser, make sure you pay particular attention to the areas that tend to get oily, such as at the base of the back and side of the ears. Leave the degreaser on the coat for five to ten minutes. Thoroughly rinse out all of the degreaser with warm water. Rinse until your RagaMuffin is totally wet, including their undercoat.
Apply Diluted Dawn
When all the degreaser is out of the coat and your RagaMuffin's coat is totally wet down, take the washcloth and dip it in the diluted Dawn dish liquid and spread this onto your kittens coat, making sure you get the Dawn over the entire body, except the face, especially the hindquarters and the area at the base of the ears. Take the brush and gently brush the kittens or cats in the direction the fur lays. Also, take the brush and gently brush back and forth on the area at the base of the ears, as this area tends to be greasy. Rinse your RagaMuffin thoroughly in warm water until you have removed all traces of the Dawn.
Application of Shampoo
Next, take your cat shampoo and apply the shampoo with your hands, smoothing the shampoo all over the RagaMuffin's body, except for the face. Repeat what you did with the Dawn and use the brush to work the shampoo into the coat and brush back and forth behind the ears to remove any traces of oil. After this is done, rinse your kittens or cats thoroughly in warm water until all traces of shampoo are gone. Make sure you rinse the belly and behind the ears and the side of the face.
You can then apply the clarifying shampoo. While this is an optional step, it really does help to remove any traces of the cat shampoo. You just apply the shampoo to the RagaMuffin's coat; smooth it down with your hands and then rinse the coat thoroughly until it feels squeaky clean.
The next step is important. Fill the sink as high as possible (but at least to the point where the water is covering your RagaMuffin's belly, with warm water. Add about 1/3 cup of white vinegar and mix it into the water well. Take the plastic cup and fill it with the water and vinegar mixture and pour it over your RagaMuffin kittens or RagaMuffin cat's coat. If you can get your RagaMuffin to lie down in the water, that is even better. Have them lie down until you see the coat float. Holding your cats head with the ears flaps pinned down to avoid getting water in them, make sure you pour the water with the vinegar over the area at the base of the ears and any area where you have shampooed. Once the entire coat feels squeaky clean, empty the sink and begin rinsing your kitten or cat with warm water. Rinse well to get any smell of vinegar out of the coat. The purpose of the vinegar rinse is to ensure that all traces of shampoo have been removed.
When you are finished rinsing your RagaMuffin, squeeze as much excess water from their coat as you can and transfer them to the big towel and wrap them tightly. Hold them close to you to keep them warm and let the towel absorb as much water as possible.
The final step is drying your RagaMuffin. This is step is also important to give your RagaMuffin kittens or RagaMuffin cats the look of a show cat. It will keep the hair from clumping together. Most likely your RagaMuffin will not like this part, but you must get them completely dry. If you are using a regular hair dryer, make sure you move the dryer over the body rapidly and keep your hand where the dryer is blowing in order to avoid one spot getting too hot and burning your RagaMuffin. The commercial dryers do not get too hot and are much faster at getting your RagaMuffin dry.
Final Comb Out
Once your RagaMuffin is completely dry give them a really good combing to remove all dead hair. Step back and admire your absolutely stunning RagaMuffinand have a great time at the cat show!