Miles is a long haired cat whose previous groom was 12 months before. At that time he had had a bath & brushout. This time mom wanted to try a comb cut to see how that might help to control his extreme fluffiness!
The way a comb cut is done is that a rough cut is done before the bath to take off a good amount of the hair so as to be able to cleanse down to the skin better with shampooing and conditioning products. It also makes for less hair to have to spend time drying before moving on to the finish cut where all will be evened out and the final result will be crafted.
The below photo shows Miles after his rough cut but before his bath. Notice the separation in the coat and the dandruff on top of his back toward his tail. If we were to simply finish the haircut without giving a bath, Miles would be left with all the grease still in his coat, along with all the dandruff and assorted other debris that might be found. Not the type of thing most folks want curling up on their pillows!
Close up of the dandruff still on the coat pre-bath.
Miles got a good degreasing bath, followed by a cleansing & nourishing bath, followed by a conditioning treatment. After a complete dry the finish cut was done. Getting the grease and gunk out of his coat allowed the color pattern of Miles’ coat to emerge. Who knew he had stripes? Now he is soft, silky and comfortable. And mom is liking not finding a bunch of hair around the house! Plus he is feeling cooler for the summer heat but is left with enough coat so he is not shaved to the skin. This also allows him to better self-regulate his own body temperature. His coat will grow out again in 3-4 months so at that time mom can decide if she’d like him to have a full coat for upcoming cooler temperatures or if the comb cut will remain Miles’ new look!
Without a good bath an aesthetically pleasing haircut would not have been possible! Mom’s comments for Miles & his sister Ella can be found on the “Testimonial” page! Happy kitty!