“Take a really dry dish cloth and try to wipe up some liquid you spilled on the kitchen counter. It will take up only so much of the liquid.
Then try it with a damp cloth (or a wring out a wet one). It will take up much more of the liquid.
It seems counter-intuitive. Why does a damp cloth absorb more liquid?”
“Water breaks hydrogen bonds formed within the fibres. This makes the fibres softer, and the exposed hydroxyl groups make the surface more hydrophilic. It’s the latter process that makes a damp cloth more able to soak up water than a dry cloth.”
“A hair in good condition can absorb more than 30% of its own weight of water. If the hair is already damaged by other factor the percentage can reach up to 45%. Its length can thus increase by 2% and its diameter by 15% to 20%!. And its all depends on cutical and sebum of the particular hair.”
No wonder drying is the most time-consuming part of cat grooming.
This is a home-style test, not a laboratory test. I did it for fun.
I needed an oil that was visible, so that I would be able to tell which product was best at washing it off. I dug around in my make-up cabinet and found oil-based liquid foundation. For any non-make-up-users reading this, foundation is applied to the skin in order to create a more even skin tone.
I cut a white cotton towel into 3 pieces.
I applied two squirts of foundation to each towel. I used a make-up brush to spread the foundation around on the towel.
I washed the first towel with the Chubbs Bar, the 2nd towel with undiluted Dawn, and the 3rd towel with Grimeinator (diluted 10:1, not 32:1).
I used a water from the bathroom water faucet and my hand to scrub the towels.
I didn’t skimp on the soap or the scrubbing. I used a lot of soap and did a lot of scrubbing.
Here is the result.
The Chubbs Bar cloth is on the left. The Dawn cloth is in the middle. The Grimeinator cloth is on the right.
It looks to me like the Dawn soap washed away more of the oily foundation make-up than either Chubbs or Grimeinator. The Chubbs Bar was second best. Grimeinator was third best.
Dawn soap washed much of the oily foundation away, and also kept the entire towel white.
Chubbs washed away oily foundation make-up, but spread the oily foundation around. The towel was darker after the washing.
Grimeinator wasn’t as effective at washing off the oily foundation make-up, but on the positive side, it didn’t spread the oily foundation around.
I think all 3 products are excellent. They each have their uses.
There are reasons to choose a product other than Dawn, such as the fact that Dawn is not a product developed for pets. Dawn strips the oil out so effectively that fur needs to be conditioned after use.
By Linda at Spiffy Kitty House Call Cat Grooming. firstname.lastname@example.org
“These bits of skin contain a protein called FelD1 that is responsible for the allergic reaction. FelD1 is found in a cat’s urine, sebaceous glands, and saliva. When a cat licks their body, the protein attaches itself and dries, and when the dander flakes off, the allergen becomes airborne.”
So a protein called FelD1 (Felis domesticus allergen I) is the problem for people who are allergic to cats. Some cats have less of this protein, but that’s a whole other topic.
What can you do? Avoid or minimize contact with FelD1.
Don’t let your cat on the bed.
Don’t rub your face and hands against your cat’s body, unless you’re going to wash afterwards.
Keep a clean house.
Don’t keep the litter box in an area where you spend a lot of time. Don’t use a dusty litter. Keep the litter box scooped.
Bare floors are better than carpeting. Don’t choose upholstered furniture.
Bathing and brushing at least once a week. If you can’t bathe your cat, wipe your cat down with a hypo-allergenic pet wipe or a wet washcloth as often as you can. You have to do it at least once a week. For real. See below for study.
My opinion is that shampooing is going to be more effective at decreasing dander than just soaking a cat in water. Why? Shampooing makes cats less oily. Allergens stick to oil. How do I come to that conclusion? Everything sticks to oil. I don’t need a study to prove this:)
I’m better at shampooing than most owners, so what makes sense is to schedule a bath once a month or as often as you can, while wiping the cat down as often as you can.
Sitting inside watching the snow — yes, it’s pretty! — while breathing in dander, dandruff and cat fluff? Windows closed. Heat pouring out of vents. Dry skin and dry nose. Perfect time for major allergy flare-ups.
Grooming decreases shed fur, cleans off dandruff, and washes away dander (temporarily). If I had cat allergies, I’d be on meds and would have my cat groomed at least every 3 months. If you can’t schedule a cat grooming, try wiping your cat with fragrance-free cat wipes. Do that once a day.