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Grooming Texel fur

pinky

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Just curious if anyone has any tips for keeping texel fur neat and clean. I have a female with gorgeous fur. I brush and comb her out daily but I find she soils her fur near her butt. I tried spot washing in the sink but it stresses her out. Her fur is so thick, it takes are really long time to dry it. I thought of keeping that under layer trimmed short, but I thought there might just be some tips on keeping it long, but cleaner. She's on fleece and I shake it out multiple times a day. She's pretty tidy so it's not a matter of laying in droppings or anything like that.
 
Well I never brushed my texel's fur. His pretty much formed it's own ringlets without my interference. Keeping her on fleece is a good way to keep mats from forming. Also I kept my hay in a rack, because it creates a horrible tangle otherwise. I just went through his fur every day, and ringlet by ringlet pulled out any debris. He has a haircut, now. Partially thanks to his roommate, but he looked so silly I had to even it all out.

Does she have white butt fur? Girlies tend to pee on themselves a bit more than males do, so yellowing fur is hard to avoid.

You could invest in a small vacuum, or a dust pan and broom to sweep up the poops. It's easier than pulling up all of the fleece.

Instead of washing her butt so often, maybe get a damp towel and wipe her off in between baths.
 
I used to vacuum up the poop but I found shaking out the fleece pads was faster and easier. I have two pads in her cage so they just walk over to the other side of the cage as I take out each pad to shake it out. Her fur is tan/yellow so it just looks dingy. I was using unscented baby wipes which seemed to keep her a bit neater but I hated putting anything damp on her fur without drying it with the blow dryer after. I don't have any problem with debris in her fur, just getting dingy and damp from urine under the layers of fur near her bottom. By brushing and combing, I don't have problems with tangles, either.
 
Unfortunately, sometimes that comes along with the territory of having a white, long furred animal.
 
I would keep it trimmed short.
 
Show breeders keep the fur up in curlers. I don't think that is very practical for a pet though. =)
 
I think I'll keep it trimmed. I have a male with what looks like teddy fur out of control.... (he resembles a Swiss+ and I keep his back fur trimmed short which keeps his fur neat.
 
Ah, I just assumed since mine is white and red haha.

Trimmed is definitely the easier option. I'm not familiar with the swiss cavy, but it is very cute from what I see on google images.
 
Ah, I just assumed since mine is white and red haha.

Trimmed is definitely the easier option. I'm not familiar with the swiss cavy, but it is very cute from what I see on google images.

Swiss look like teddies with bad haircuts. It's rough but sort of irregular lengths.
 
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