Putting your cat in Oil
- Step by step instructions

No, it's not as bad as it sounds. To "put cat in oil" is a term for a treatment with concentrated cream conditioner (CCC) which spans several days, sometimes up to a week.

Commonly used by dog owners of the smaller and silky-haired breeds (shi-tsu, lhasa-apsu, american cocker spaniel etc) This is quickly catching on in the cat fancy as well, and with good cause. Putting your cat in OIL is THE way for silky soft coat. Once you've tried this you will never go without again.

Oiling your cat doesn't really take that long, but for best effect the cream should stay in the fur for several days during which time you have to watch the cats carefully so that the coat doesn't knot up

There are two ways of getting the cream into the coat - dipping and spraying. Personally I am partial to the second method as I feel you get the best covering of every hair that way, so that is what we will explain here.

Spray Method

Items needed : Concentrated Cream Conditioner, pitcher, wide-toothed comb, spray bottle, towel, work table, blow dryer.

Step 1 - Preparing:

Grab your jar of Bio-Groom SuperCream (or other product of the same type) and a pitcher containing 1 pint of water.

The instructions on the back of the jar suggests you add 2 heaping teaspoons to the water but I have found that the persian fur reacts even better if you make the solution stronger. So in the Emma-way you add 2 heaping tablespoons of CCC (Concentrated Cream Conditioner) to the water.

Step 2 - Heating:

The CCC does not mix with the water very well at this point so just leave it as two big chunks in your pitcher and put the whole thing into your microwave. Nuke on highest setting for 1½ to 2 minutes, depending on the power of your micro.

The idea is for the water to be uncomfortably hot but not boiling by the time you take the pitcher out. If you don't have a microwave you can heat the water on the stove, it just takes longer.

Step 3 - Mixing:

When you take the pitcher out of the micro (or off the stove) the CCC will have melted and now float like a white foam on top of the water. Througly mix it in with the water, leaving you with a hot, milky white liquid. This is what we're going to saturate your cat in.

Now grab a spray bottle, the kind you use for spraying a fine mist on your plants, and pour the solution into the bottle. Take the bottle, a very wide toothed comb and your cat and place all three on a high surface, such as a trimming table or work bench, after covering the space with a clean fluffy towel.

Step 4 - The Body:

Starting at the nape of the neck, spray the solution onto the cats' coat against the growth of the hair. Halfway through your cat might look a little bit funny, as shown in the picture to the left :)

I find that using the "layer by layer" technique works best for me and my cats. Spray one layer of the coat, taking care to get it wet all the way to the skin, and then use the comb to lift and fold the wet layer forwards exposing a new layer of dry fur. Repeat until the whole cat is wet to the skin. Don't forget the tail, cheeks and chin area.

Step 5 - The Face:

Spray some of the solution on your own, clean, hands and use your wet hands to carefully wet the coat in the face.

The CCC is tearless and so doesn't sting if you get it in your cats eyes, but it does NOT feel comfortable (I've tried!) so take care around this area. Ok, now your cat is completely covered. Do NOT towel dry, leave all the fluid in the coat.

Step 6 - Drying:

Grab your blow dryer and set it on medium heat. Where heat when drying a cat is normally a no-no, remember that the cats coat is now covered in a strong conditioner which will work better and penetrate the individual hairs more completely if you add a bit of heat. The conditioner is also protecting the hairs so that they are not damaged by the hot air. If you normally use a power dryer without heat then try your own hairdryer for this one (motor heat is not enough for this purpose).

Users of power dryers should also be careful not to use full force. The idea here is NOT to blow the liquid out of the coat but rather to make the water in the solution evaporate, leaving a thin film of CCC covering each individual hair of your cat. You may, VERY carefully, use your wide toothed comb to separate the fur, aiding the drying process. please do remember that combing wet fur can be very damaging for the hair and so be careful to ease the comb through the coat, never pull.

The better option would be to use your fingers, again being very careful as you separate the coat. Remember that the high fat content in your CCC will cause the cat to look slightly wet even when it is in fact dry.

Step 7 - Waiting:

Once the cat is dry, or nearly dry, your work is over for this day. BioGroom is non toxic, even in rather large quantities, so you don't have to worry about the cat licking itself. No comes the next question, how long to leave it in? This greatly depends on the cat. I find the optimal time is 3 days. Any longer doesn't seem to give so much additional effect that it outweighs the discomfort of the cat, for make no mistake by now your cat is uncomfortable.

Usually the cat will not mind the first couple of days, but after about 3 days the effects of being unable to clean itself throughly are beginning to show. Many cats start itching at this point, others show no discomfort even after a week while yet others seem to hate it from the first minute. To repeat myself though, 3 days is normally quite enough and most cats don't seem to care one way or another during this time. Time for a bath!

Step 8 - Bathing it out:

Start the bath by giving the cat a very through rinse. 10 - 15 minutes will normally do the trick. Follow up by using a good degreasing shampoo to get the last remains of the BioGroom out of the fur. Degreasing? you ask. Wasn't the idea of this to make sure the coat isn't dry? Well yes, it is, but by now the BioGroom has done its' magic and penetrated INTO the hair and skin. Cleaning the coat carefully is important to avoid the cat becoming a dust magnet.

After the degreasing shampoo it is totally up to you how through a bath you wish to give your cat. You can continue with a full show bath (in fact, 3 days of oiling ALWAYS preceeds a show bath in the CyberCat household) or stop after the degreasing, this is totally up to you. The one step you should NEVER leave out however is the final sour rinse.

For this you may use strong vinegar but my personal favorite, a product I could no longer live without, is #1 All Systems Lanolin Product Stabilizer, Coat Retexturizer & Skin Refresher (What a name!!). This product, mixed 1 cup to the gallon and poured over the cat before the last rinse, is OUTSTANDING in its ability to "Close" the hairs and make the cat sqeaky clean. This, along with the BioGroom, are the only products which will ALWAYS be a part of the bath procedure.

Congratulations - You're done!

Now all that is left is to dry your cat as usual, in your own prefferd fashion, making sure the coat is completely dry all the way to the skin. Once this is done you will have a cat with the most fantastic soft coat and no hint of static electricity for several weeks. Its really quite unbeatable.

Good Luck!! - Emma

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