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Ears & Tails

The following page contains information on how to best care for your Dirty Catz Ears and Tails! Ears and tails are both hand and machine sewn and more often than not, both techniques are used to ensure uniform sizing, proper alignment of markings, and durability. It is very unlikely that any seams/stitches will pop if you handle your items properly and treat them with a little love. They can withstand a fair amount of abuse though, and I pride myself on that! I know how festivals and their attendees can be (ie, sometimes not so gentle!). I make all my own items with the exact same techniques as I make for my customers, and I haven't had to fix a thing in the 8 years I have been creating cute little rave wear. 

You will see this over and over in the following topics, but plain old water and a mild dish soap are pretty much your best friends for all my care methods!

 

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Ears
To clean your headband ears, simply fill your sink with cool to luke warm water and a little detergent, then lower the ears in and give them a good squish! Work the soapy water into the fur and once the dirt is removed, run the ears under cool, clean water, squishing as you go. This will rinse off any remaining soap and/or dirt. If possible, stand the headband up the dry as they will dry a bit faster this way. You can also lay them flat on a towel to dry, just remember to flip the ears occasionally so the other side can dry.

Please do not attempt to brush the fur when it is wet, no matter how matted or scraggly it looks! When the fur is completely dry, you may use a brush or a comb to fluff the fur up again. It may look a little sad when wet and while drying but once fully dried and brushed, it will fluff up beautifully!

 

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Tails, Fur

To clean your fur tail, simply fill your sink or bathtub (depending on tail size) with cool to luke warm water and a little detergent, then lower the tail in and give it a good squish! Work the soapy water into the fur and once the dirt is removed, run the tail under cool, clean water, squishing as you go. This will rinse off any remaining soap and/or dirt. If possible, hang the tail up the dry as it will dry a bit faster this way. You can also lay it flat on a towel to dry, just remember to flip the tail occasionally so the other side can dry.

If your tail has been stuffed with PolyFil, it will take longer to wash and dry than a tail that is not stuffed.

Please do not attempt to brush the fur when it is wet, no matter how matted or scraggly it looks! When the fur is completely dry, you may use a brush or a comb to fluff the fur up again. It may look a little sad when wet and while drying but once fully dried and brushed, it will fluff up beautifully!

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Tails, Unicorn
To clean your Unicorn Tail, first you must brush the hair out. Find somewhere you can clip the tail to before you begin brushing. Securing the tail makes it easier to brush and remove any debris present. You can tie a piece of string around the back of a chair, then clip the tail to the string.

Using a medium toothed comb, begin from the tip of the tail and work your way up to the base. If your tail is matted and tangled, you will need to work in smaller sections. Have patience during this process. Working too quickly may result in a significant amount of hair being pulled out and bigger tangles!

Once your tail is free of any debris and tangles, lower it into a sink full of cool water and add some shampoo to the hair once it is wet. Be careful not to tangle the hair too much as you are washing it. After it is shampooed, rinse it clean with cool water then add a tiny amount of conditioner. Start at the tips and work your way up to the base. Rinse clean and either hang up or lay flat on a towel to dry.

Please do not try to brush out the hair when it is still wet, as this will break the hair and cause tangles! After it is fully dry, use your medium toothed comb and brush from the tips up to the base.

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Squeaker Add-On

If your ears contain squeakers, please be sure to point the squeakers down whenever you are drying your headband after washing. This will help any remaining water drain out and prevent mold from forming!

If your squeakers break and need to be replaced, please let me know! This is a simple fix and there is no charge.

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