Cat Breading Tutorial
You’ve seen the cat breading pics and admired all the breaded cats with their little lionesque manes. Naturally, you now want to bread your own cat! As experienced cat breaders, we’ve got a few tips we’d like to share with you. We hope they’ll help you and your cat have a safe and happy breading experience.
The most important ingredient in cat breading (besides the cat and the bread) is a sensitive appreciation for the star of the show (aka “the talent”). Breading cats is a fun activity that can be enjoyed with no harm done to your cat, aside from a temporary ego bruise. Just tune in to your cat and give them a break if they start showing more than mild irritation with you.
1. Select Bread
If you care about your breading experience, it only makes sense to choose your bread with care. Size, color and gluten content are the three main things to pay attention to when choosing your bread.
- Bread Size – To bread your cat successfully, you’ll need a slice of bread at least an inch or so larger in diameter than your cat’s head. For most average size cats, a loaf of regular sandwich bread is perfect.
- Bread Color – Here’s where your creativity comes into play. Choose a sharply contrasting color of bread for maximum effect, or a complementing color for a more subtle breaded look. Regular white bread looks great on darker tabbies, while white and ginger cats can really rock the pumpernickle.
- Gluten Content – Cat breading is not a gluten-free activity. More gluten in the bread lets it stretch over the head of your cat more easily. Less gluten makes it crumble.
2. Prepare Bread
Once you’ve chosen your bread, it’s time to get down to business.
First you’ll need to decide which breading style you’re going for.
Little Lion – This is my preferred breading style. Here the bread goes all the way over the head and behind the ears, giving more of that “little lion” look. It’s a bigger challenge to bread in this style so you’ll see fewer cats breaded like this.
Peeping Tom – With this style the bread isn’t pulled over the ears, but only placed over the first couple inches of the cat’s face. This makes it look like the cat got it’s face stuck in a hole while doing some peeping. Many cats wearing their bread in this style look a little guilty.
Once you’ve decided on the your style, measure your cat’s head just in front of his/her ears and cut a hole in the center of your bread slice just that big. This will be perfect for the Peeping Tom style. If you’re going for the Little Lion look, cut your hole about 1/2″ larger than your cat’s head.
It’s finally time for the breading. It’s helpful to have a partner or two for this phase, as some cats don’t immediately recognize the benefits of being breaded.
One person holds the cat lovingly, while the other person gently slides the bread into the desired spot on the cat’s head. Your cat may struggle wildly, obviously eager to check out his/her new breading style in the mirror. Before you let them admire themselves, take a few photos to share.
Now that you’ve breaded your cat, why not upload your pics to the gallery!
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