Mediona, Catalonia

Hair Drying

   First we must have prepared all the utensils we are going to use (mainly hand dryer and comb).

   There are many cats that are afraid to confront the dryer for the first time and especially when starting, so you can help turn on the dryer before taking the cat.

   We can use a normal hand dryer (as more powerful better) but in the market also professional air dryers and expellers. One of the advantages of these professional dryers is that it allows us to leave our hands free and thus we can manipulate the cat better.

   In this regard said that there are cats that tolerate more or less the dryer, some will tolerate it without any problem and others will tolerate it on but without movements. If for the latter we use a normal dryer, the ideal is to place a “holder-dryer” similar to the photo below obtaining a “hands-free” similar to professional dryers-ejectors.

   If we can not get one, what can be done is to leave the dryer motionless on a towel and put the cat in the direction of the air, or try these small heaters used for the bath that give off hot air and do very little noise.

   But undoubtedly the most comfortable option and especially suitable for beginners is to do it in pairs: One holds the dryer and the other combs and manipulates the cat.

   ATTENTION:Do not show the dryer to the cat without having bathed it before, it’s funny how sometimes the same cat can reject it completely or accept it willingly if it comes from the bathroom (When coming wet it will appreciate the client air). We start to dry it.

   While one holds the dryer the other will comb it gently with the comb, separating the hairs until each hair is “loose” and free (hence the saying that “you have to brush hair by hair”). It has the temperature of the dryer !!  Yes it’s very hot and we leave it fixed always at the same point it can hurt you and this obviously will not like anything. We can start with a warm-warm temperature to end up with a cooler air.

We will begin to dry it by the neck, back and sides.

   Our movements with the comb have to be precise and constant so that the drying is easier and we will comb it mainly against the grain, which will leave a more voluminous and more spongy appearance.

   There are more sensitive areas for the cat (face, forehead, neck and some tail and limbs) that most do not like anything, these parts we can leave for the end and go giving them occasionally. We must also pay special attention to your posterior area (be careful not to hurt the comb, we have to raise the tail to have greater visibility) and in their extremities and the area of ​​the armpits where it is very common the presence of small knots. To comb these areas we have to pass the comb very carefully, if left we can try to put the cat “belly up” if not, we can stand on the hind legs holding the front (while one holds the other dry and comb).

   Finally we will take care of the tail and the legs. The tail will be combed also against the grain or hair (depending on the finish we want to give), but the most important thing is that each of the hairs that make up the tail are “loose” For the legs we will preferably use the card, combing them to against hair until they are well dried. It is also a very good option to give these areas “at times” during drying, so at the end with a little review will be enough.