Keeping your white/light colored persian's face clean
First of all, the old adage "You are what you eat" isn't far from the truth with a white cat!!!
Seems like the rule is that the one you want to show will always be the one that bowl dives for water like Beatrice, pictured on top. What you end up with is a dingy, yellow ruff.
Or how about the one that just shoves his face in his food, like Gio, pictured in the middle. Also, many cats' eyes water when they eat.
Course, then there are the rare ones, like Crystal, pictured on the bottom who NEVER even has an eye stain!!
You will NOT get the cat clean overnight or even in a few days.
If you plan on showing your white beauty plan on a month to get stain free. Once you have gotten the cat stain-free, it is pretty easy to keep her that way. It is a matter of dedicated routine.
Well worth it though, don't you think??? Just look at the 'after' pictures!
On many persians, we may see a brown stain on the skin and hair below the inside corner of the eye. This is a common cosmetic problem caused by an overflow of tears onto the cheeks. The color change of the hair and skin occurs when the normal bacteria on the hair and skin react with the clear tears.
In normal animals, tears are constantly produced and drain out through small ducts in the eyelids.
There are several causes of the overflow of tears. Persians often have more prominent eyes. This stretches the eyelid and may cut off the drainage system. This is the most common cause and there is little we can do to correct it.
Hair can act like a wick, drawing the tears out of the eye. This can be corrected by removing the offending hair. In some cases, tear overflow may be due to excessive tear formation caused by irritation of the eye by a particle of something in the eye, an allergy, or an abnormal eyelid or eyelash which turns inward and rubs against the surface of the eye. Inflammation or ulcers of the surface of the eye (cornea), or inflammation of the duct system is also a cause. These conditions, which are often painful, need to be seen immediately by your veterinarian.
Since the tear accumulation on the facial hair can also lead to matting of the hair, skin irritation and possible infection, you must keep this area clean. Trimming the hair below the eye with curved blunt end scissors (I got mine at a beauty store) will help. Clean the area and remove any accumulated material or crusts.
Removing stains is a two-step process:
There are products available which are used to remove the brown stain from the hair. These products can be irritating to the eye. They should NOT be used directly in the eye..CAUTION!! You are cleaning the FUR - do NOT get in the eyes!!!
If you just have ONE cat, it might be easier just to BUY the ready made cleaning products. They are a little pricy, but ready-to-use!
Eye Envy makes a Liquid Solution and a Powder to be used together:
MAKE YOUR OWN :
Once the cat is stain-free, you need to simply maintain. A daily face wash with a warm washcloth with baby shampoo should do it. Rub dry. Get your container of equal amounts of Cornstarch and Boracic Acid Powder and pat gently onto the hair being extremely careful not to get any into the eyes or the mouth. The powder mixture will bleach the white whilst absorbing the stains.
Don't use peroxide..it will dry the hair shaft out, make it brittle and make it MORE absorbent.
Remember, the key to success here is DEDICATION!!!
Water Bowl Diving:
If you are lucky, you cat get the cat to drink from a water bottle. Some of ours like it..others don't and you can take away the water bowl, but you are risking too little water intake if they won't drink from that bottle.
Dry your show cat's fur thoroughly before giving her back her dry chow.
For some odd reason, once you are done showing the cat, it seems to outgrow the water bowl diving. Go figure. I often wonder if because they are bathed and blow-dried that they have excessive thirst or nervous and just drink.
One thing that can happen with a cat that keeps constantly drenched is that their skin can get a yeast infection and get a black grunge happening. In this case, you might even need to use Animax to help. But keeping it clean and dry helps
This is the easiest to fix. Either use a cat bib (a big coffee filter with a hole in the center works), or after the meal, wash the cat's face and bib and fluff dry. When we were showing Gio, we only fed him white foods...chicken and rice, turkey...any actual meat doesn't stain.
Bacterial Infection or Upper Respiratory:
It is entirely possible that your cat may need to be on some antibiotic eye drops or ointment (like Terramycin) or maybe a 2 week course of Antibiotics. If the discharge is yellowis or thick and the cat is sneezing...see your vet
When planning on showing your white or just keeping her looking her very best, you will want to bathe weekly. There are plenty of brightening shampoos on the market these days (E-Z Groom Crystal White, White Lightening, etc...visit our BATHING page for complete information with pictures!!!
Did you know that when a cat's fur begins getting 'greasy' it begins to knot up?? It's true!
The solution, is a bath. I don't have a set schedule for baths just when I notice a cat begins to get knots day after day.