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General Eye And Bath Cleaning For Long Hair Cat?

Discussion in 'Grooming & General Cat Care' started by sivyaleah, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. sivyaleah

    sivyaleah Thread Starter TCS Member Veteran

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    Our new Maine Coon baby hasn't quite gotten the hang of completely washing her face yet and her eyes have been collecting a wee bit of gunk at the corners. No infection - she just was at the vet and all looks good and clear, just regular stuff we all call "sleep" LOL.

    What is the best/easiest/quickest/safest way to clean this from her? I tried using one of those round, warm wet cotton pads, but that didn't really work too well - I felt like I had to press too hard and didn't want to hurt her.

    Also, would love a recommendation for a kitten friendly shampoo. I don't normally give my cats baths except under dire circumstances, however, the breeder and I were talking when I picked her up and she used to groom for a living also. She already had started bathing Luna and since she's used to it, and being that I'd actually would like to see her looking in top condition, I'm thinking I *might* like to do this periodically but not sure the best product to use. In the past I've used baby shampoo but I recently read that actually might not be the best thing to use.

    Oh and maybe cleansing wipes? LOL. For those occasional cling-ons. I've had to snip those out of our other adult long hair cat at times and I'm confident using them, but would prefer not to take a scissor or de-matting tool close to the tush of a tiny kitten yet. We're working on the grooming thing, and teaching her not to attack the comb lol.

    Any other grooming items you can suggest for a long haired breed is appreciated! Perhaps @posiepurrs might be able to assist me?
     
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  3. sivyaleah

    sivyaleah Thread Starter TCS Member Veteran

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    Maybe - the only problem is it's crusty and hard, I don't think the Q-tip will be able to soak up enough moisture to loosen it up enough. I kind of think I need something that I can leave sitting on her for like a minute or so to really loosen it up so it wipes away. I know I can't just pick it off either because I might scratch her, and then wind up possibly infecting her myself

    EDIT: PS - Thanks for the article. However, she's not a "small" kitten, she's now over 4 months, going on 5 months. But it did have recommendations for shampoo so that was very helpful!
     
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  4. posiepurrs

    posiepurrs TCS Member Top Cat

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    I am headed to bed right now but when I get on my laptop in the morning I will send you the recipe for what I use.
     
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  5. GoldyCat

    GoldyCat Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    You could soak one of the cotton pads and hold it on the eyes for a couple of minutes. Then use a dampened Q-tip to removed the gunk.
     
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  7. darg

    darg Gizmo Adult Cat

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    The dried crud will soften if you allow some water to soak in for a couple of minutes. I use warm water on a soft pad and get the area wet but not dripping wet. Give it a few minutes and it can be gently wiped away. A wet q-tip helps get more of it in the creases of the nose. Just be careful around the eyes, especially with the q-tip.

    The stains are another story. I use a product called Eye Envy which helps greatly but I don't keep up with it enough to get him completely tear stain free. I clean my Himilayan's eyes about twice a week on average, more frequently if needed.
     
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