Sunday Secrets: Grooming Tips

An ongoing collection of breeder tips provided by our own RFW breeders. Please feel free to share anything you have found to be a good product. Different cats have different coats. You may need to try several products before you find the one that works best for each cat. The better our Ragdolls look in the show hall, the better we represent our breed to the associations and to the public!! 
Lets help each other to be the best we can be!!

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Degreasers
Shampoos 
Conditioners 
Combs and Brushes 
Powders 
Anti-Static 
Grooming Tables
Clippers- Fur and Claw
Dryers

 

Degreasers                           back to top

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Orvus WA Paste, Neutrogena for normal hair use Orvus in dry hair, rub gently with fingers, brush and rinse WELL........follows by applying Neutrogena as second degreasing step when the coat is laready wet.......these two steps should be able to degrease the most oily coat of any animals  Russell Law
Go-Joe Use Rinse very well until the water is running Clear off of Cat Bonnie Wright
Goop Hand Cleaner use for first shampoo Rosemary Howarth
Dawn Dish Liquid base clean middle step Mindy Ferriera
Goop Hand Cleaner Rub in well for stud tail and rub lightly thru body Francesca C. Metz
Woolite For use on kittens to not dry out fur. Place in bath water before shampooing. About one tablespoon Francesca C. Metz
White vinegar Use after Goop, Dawn and F1R2 use, Rinse in !/2 cup vinegar and sink of water. Rinse again in clear water. Marilyn McCorkindale
DeSolv-It Orange Citrus Degreaser (spray bottle) Bio-degradable, non-toxic degreaser for stud tail and other greasy areas Cindy DeWolfe and Janie Thompson
Goop Use use with soft toothbrush in stud tail after every rinse Mary Riddell
Distilled White Vinegar Use measure 1/2 cup to 1 gallon warm water pour over coat and then rinse, rinse, rinse. This is the final step before towel dry. Mary Riddell

 

Shampoos                              back to top

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Use

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Kenic Sno-Flake all breed pet Shampoo Use For white and light colored pets Nicole Palmer
Redkin Shades EQ Platinum Ice Violet Use Whitens even the most yellow coat. Also kicks up silver as well. Leslie Ball
Jheri Redding Shiny Silver Conditioning Shampoo Restores Shiny Brightness to Coat. And also Brightens and takes out yellow on white part of Coat. Bonnie Wright
Joico (Triage or Kerapro)   Mary Riddell
EZGroom Crystal White whitening shampoo Mindy Ferreira
Biolage Energizing Shampoo all purpose shampoo Jill Hopper
Paul Mitchell Cleanse Shampoo Two Final shampoo  Margaret Trahan
Goodwinol Rotenone added protection from nasties Margaret Trahan
Pantene Volumizing Shampoo last shampoo for show bath Pat Johansmeyer
Gold Metal Pets, Blue Diamond For Whiter white Francesca C. Metz
House of Anju Shampoo for white cats Works well for quick baths Francesca C. Metz
F1R2 purple shampoo after Goop, Dawn use Marilyn McCorkindale
Groomer's Best Infusions Skin and Coat Shampoo w/anit hairball beads For last shampoo before conditioning, This is also a detangling shampoo Cindy DeWolfe and Janie Thompson
Health Guard Medicated Spray with "Residual" after the 1st day of showing spray and leave on for extra protection from ring worm etc. Mary Riddell

 

 

Conditioners                    back to top

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Use

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House of Anju Texturizing Spray On towel-dried coats to reduce tangling Pat Johansmeyer
House of Anju Rinse for white cats Last step in bathing/ Rub into whole body and rinse real well Francesca C. Metz
Dawn Extra Tough Grease Put two tablespoons in Bath water before shampooing Francesca C. Metz
Calgon Water Softener 1/2 cap Calgon in 1/2 gal pitcher of warm water, pour over coat all over and squeeze off excess, towel & blow dry Nancy Sinkhorn
Moisturizer or K-Pak depending on how often I am bathing the cat determines which conditioner Mary Riddell
Joico Integrity Leave on Conditioner Use After you towel dry spray integrity on and blow dry Mary Riddell

 

Combs and Brushes            back to top

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Use

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Rubber Brush smoothes coat and helps bring out sheds Caroline G Melia
greyhound comb to separate hair, increase volume Alice Baker
Teflon coated Greyhound Comb For after bath comb outs Pat Johansmeyer
Triangular Slicker Brush For shows only. To fluff bib, behind ears, hard to reach areas. Pat Johansmeyer
Greyhound comb Back comb neck and back legs with greyhound comb/ Comb thru coat .  Francesca C. Metz
small wire brush Brush is used to fluff. Francesca C. Metz
4 inch metal comb to comb face and legs Mindy Ferreira
furminator grooming tool Cheri Russell

 

Powders                     back to top

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Use

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Cherry Knoll Cover Coat brighten whites on mitted and bicolors Jill Hopper
House of Anju White Star for show ring to separate fur and make fluffy a small amount in the palm of your hand and fluff into fur. Comb out with a greyhound comb Francesca C. Metz
Corn starch Using a mascara brush, brush it on white facial areas at the show before a ring. Marilyn McCorkindale

 

Anti-Static                 back to top

Product Name

Use

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Cat Mist for LH and SH texturizes 
and has a great smell!
Caroline Melia
Sea Plasma All purpose re-hydrant Margaret Trahan
House of Anju Texturizing Spray before rings to stop static Mindy Ferreira
Bio-Groom Anti Stat reduces show hall static Pat Johansmeyer
House of Anju Anti Static To be used last after powder. Stops static very well. Spray onto hand and rub into coat. Repeat if necessary. Francesca C. Metz
     

 

Dryers                         back to top

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Use

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IONIC DEFUSING DRYER ON STAND FROM PET EDGE ONLY $28 TABLE TOP NO HEAT 
DRYING, NO DAMAGE TO COAT
CHRISTINE DANIEL
Physique 1875 Volumizing Dryer Model PH-VHD-1 Unique rotating diffuser does a great job of adding volume and body to cat's coat. Also, has a relatively cool/low setting that doesn't fry the cat's skin or coat. Leslie Ball
Metro Air Force very loud, but excellent Mindy Ferreira
Double K 560 Cage Dryer quiet, variable heat & air control, versatile Eileen Pickett
No Dryer drying Warm towels in dryer. Wrap cat in towels for 5 mins. Repeat. Let air dry naturally. Combing every 1/2 hour till dry. Francesca C. Metz
Metro, Air Force Cagemaster Plus Towel dry cat(s), let rest awhile, then put cat(s) in a wire cage and blow backwards with forced air until dry. Have a wire bottom so you can direct air from underneath as well. Marilyn McCorkindale

 

Clippers, Fur and Claw         back to top

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Use

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Regular Human folding nail clippers that can hang on key chain. For claws, very easy to handle and clips clean Francesca C. Metz

 

Grooming Tables                    back to top

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Use

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Portable Ringside Table folding grooming table for shows Margaret Trahan
     
     

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