Brush-outs and De-sheds
I do a lot of bath, blow-dry and de-sheds. I add a de-shed fee to every cat bath that doesn’t come every 4- 8 weeks, as there will be coat and oil build up taking longer and excess brushing to do.
To do a proper de-shed (brush-out or whatever you may call it), it all starts with the bath. The cat must be washed thoroughly and if they have excess coat I will do extra washes until it is clean to my liking, failure to remove all oils will mean hair will stay in the coat and not move with drying, giving you more work and not lasting as long. I prefer the Chubbs bars and Progroom Amber Cleansing Gel. Brushing can start in the bath, depending on the amount of coat and cats behaviour I may use my gold les pooches (or your favourite slicker) to brush the coat once while sudsy and once while rinsing.
I then will towel dry the cat as much as possible and put a squeeze of Magic Tails Shine Serum on my hands, and rub all over the cat trying to get it to the roots of the hair (can also be used for de-matting). I find this loosens up the undercoat, I was told this trick by a fellow groomer and love it! Leaves a shine too.
I then will blow dry with a condenser nozzle for the dryer and once a patch is 80%-100% dry you can start combing with a cat comb, removing the undercoat while the dryer in on it. In extra fluffy areas and the belly where the owner notices the cat sheds most I will use a furminator gently while the dryer in focusing on the area but do not overdo this!
After the blow-dry I will then continue to comb the cat over and then brush with a slicker lightly and a zoom groom, so when the owner pats the cat little hair comes out, preventing complaints, as some think a de-shed will remove all undercoat (it will reduce by 70-80%)
I recommend baths for shedding reduction every 4-6 weeks.
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