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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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cat slipping?

Caught my first cat this year in December. My taxidermist just contacted me that he just skinned it and had some slipping on the eyes and face said not bad , but will see what happens after tanning. The day I trapped it was light rain, but about 35 degrees outside. I brought it home and froze it immidiately probably 2 hours after dispatch in bag and sucked all air out. It was damp, but not overly wet. What could I have done different? I might just get him to do a wall hanging for me if it is not going to look good with hair missing and hope for another next year.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 12:28 PM
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Re: cat slipping?

Only thing u could have done was take it to the taxidermist when it was fresh if possible?now I would have wiped it off with towels to get as much moisture off as possible. That being said felines and foxes are tufff to thaw out , because the face I the first area to thaw out besides the feet, giving a real good chance of slippage without the taxidermist taking extra care of that area, I use a chemical on all my animals when they are thawing to help stop the slippage, which works . Those are some steps that would have helped out in the slippage, now depending on how big the areas are your taxidermist should be able to blend in those areas so it does not show as much . Good luck and hope this helps out some
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Re: cat slipping?

The cat still had body heat, you placed it in a bag which acted like an insulator trapping the body heat . I tell everyone to place it in the freezer on a bag or peice of cardboard overnight, then put it in a bag.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Re: cat slipping?

Thanks Joe for the advice and sorry gitzit I did have it in the freezer on a board for a few hours to cool it before I bagged it up. Sorry I left that out. I read that before about furs to much heat with a fresh animal.
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