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Domestic Cat

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Minde deMelo, Sep 10, 2021.

  1. Minde deMelo

    Minde deMelo New Member

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    I want to try a domestic cat taxidermy project. I have a small cat I got from a biology specimen place. I’m not really worried about the skinning part except the paws and tail. But I think I can manage. But I’m worried about slipping. Should I soak it in something before I start?

    I sometimes soak my rats and mice in denatured alcohol to keep the slipping down would that work for a small cat?

    also do I need to use a tanning sulution? I have a couple of different ones but I’ve never used them.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    I've done multiple house cats over the years and have no issues with slippage except for one that was found dead in their barn. It had a couple spots but not bad. You can thaw them in a pickle or just hang to thaw, I've done it both ways. I've used McKenzie tan on them with no issues. They are thin skinned and tan up easily.
     
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  3. Minde deMelo

    Minde deMelo New Member

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    Thank you. I took it out to look at it, it’s more kitten size than full cat size. Actually not much bigger than a lot of the rats I’ve done so I might just go with the hang it dry. Guess I’ll have to just see. I do having 2 different tanning solutions if I feel the need. I was more worried about the slipping. So thank you again for posting.
     
  4. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    You are welcome
     
  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Kullis Kastaway has a DVD on how to mount cats and dogs. It would be a good idea to get that.
     
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  6. biology cats... those are injected with formalin. dont think you can tan that, sorry. put it in a jar and fill it with 70% rubbing alcohol instead
     
  7. akhenenra

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    Did you end up doing that cat mount? If so where did you find a manikin for it? Any info would be appreciated, I'm considering doing a domestic cat as well.
     
  8. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    I believe you will not find any commercial forms and that leaves you several options, carcass cast, carve or wrap your own or what I do a combination there of. FYI the best domestic cat eyes I found were from Belerus by a company called eyes for taxidermy I believe. they post adds on here.
     
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  9. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    4AEFC21B-BAA6-4057-B90C-D992FB116CDD.jpeg I What I do is tan in the normal way of pickle and static tan. Then I buy a bobcat form no wires and then alter it to the cats body. Eyes are made from tochikin eye company. Call them up and you can get a set from them.