29 September 2008

Cat Show Prep Underway

It's been a busy few days at our house. In the midst of everything going on around here, it is also time to begin Lily's beauty routine for the cat show, coming up this Sunday, October 5!

First, Daughter and Boyfriend trapped Lily in the laundry room and clipped her nails. Boyfriend poked food morsels into her mouth (Lily's mouth, I mean) while Daughter operated the nail trimmers. That process went pretty well.

Next, they shut Lily in the bathroom and put her in the bathtub. As you might imagine, this part didn't go quite as well (refer to above photo). They shampooed Lily with Pantene (yes, I know we should be using cat shampoo, but that's all we had on hand), rinsed her off, and toweled her dry. I believe Daughter and BF were actually wetter than Lily by the time they finished.

Once out of the bathroom, Lily set to work on styling her own hair. She does a pretty good job with this part. We all agreed that she looks slimmer when wet.

Still to come are a few more thorough brushings and an ear cleaning, then Lily will be ready to go! Since kitties are judged on grooming, health, and behavior, and we all know how she'll rate in behavior, we hope to score brownie points for Lily's attractive appearance and pleasant, just-shampooed scent.

Anything to distract the judges.

9 comments:

Theresa said...

Good luck!

Heather said...

Maybe you should ask your vet for a mild sedative to help with her behavior points! She's adorable no matter how she does at the show!
We used to have a long haired calico growing up who was on the skinny side but because of the long hair she looked bigger. When she was wet she looked like a long haired rat!

Cheri said...

Hm, how else could you distract the judges?;)

Now there's one thing I wouldn't want to do, and that's bathe a cat. I don't care how docile the animal, cats just do not like baths. (Neither have any of my dogs, but they just stand there and look sad, perhaps make a feeble attempt to get out of the tub, but otherwise just stand there)

toners said...

Awesome choice with the Pantene! That scent will keep the judges busy! :)

Sarah C. said...

Lily looks so pretty & clean! :) Looking forward to seeing how the competition goes.

Kristina said...

Excellent grooming Lily!

Linda said...

Poor Lily, she looks really annoyed. At least she smells good! Good luck!

Sharon said...

Good luck!! This is going to be an educational and entertaining experience.

I do think that BF should have popped a food morsel into Bailey's mouth also. One for Lily, one for Bailey. :)

Maureen said...

Har! If looks could kill....

Love the part about the treats being popped into her mouth; I LOL'd at your specifying LILY's mouth. Ha!