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Caring for a white cat
There are plenty of rumors swirling around white cats – some say they are deaf, others say they are more prone to skin cancer than their dark-haired counterparts. Other people shy away from adopting a white cat because they are afraid they will get dirty. It's true that it might take a little more work to keep your white feline looking like a pristine little snow ball, but with these tricks, it will be easy.
Bath time made easy
Of course, white cats are no different from other cats in that they are responsible for almost all of their grooming. White cats generally do a good job keeping their coats free of dirt and debris, but if you want it absolutely snow white, you might want to use a pet shampoo like Be Bright White Shampoo. Pet products like this contain optical brighteners to enhance white coats while nourishing the cat's skin and coat. You can even use it on a washcloth and sponge-bathe your kitty if it won't tolerate a full on bath. Always reward a cat after bathtime with its favorite treats like Feline Greenies Dental Treats.
Preventing unsightly stains
If your white cat is an outdoor cat, it is bound to roll in some dark substances or perhaps get the occasional swipe of oil on its fur from hiding out under cars. These stains can be brushed out or washed out with a soapy washcloth.
Other stains are not so easy to get out. White animals tend to get dark, rust-colored stains under their eyes. This is caused by a chemical reaction the cat's tears have with the air, which causes them to turn this reddish brown color that stains the fur under the eyes. Darker animals also tear in this way, but the tears do not stain dark fur. Although you can't wash these stains away, you can prevent them from happening with Angels' Eyes for Dogs and Cats. This powder is sprinkled over the cat's pet food. Over time, it changes the chemical compounds in the tears so they no longer stain the fur. The stained fur needs to be clipped away.
Keeping your cat indoors is another good way to keep it snow white, but make sure you have plenty of toys and other forms of entertainment so it doesn't get bored.