Saturday, May 27, 2006

Send for the mower..

... and afterwards maybe we should also tend to the grass.

Caring for the coat of long haired cats turns out to be troublesome. This one gets brushed as often as we can, but still manages to entangle her fur into tightly-wrapped knots close to the skin.

The local vet looked blankly at us when we asked about grooming. As it wasn't a medical matter, she had no clue.

Patient combing and brushing, I think, are the only way to go. Ideas, anyone?


Angh said...

We acquired a walkon cat years back that came in during a rain storm...still very young and horribly matted. She just curled up on the guest bed and stayed. After a couple days getting dry, fed and acclimated we tried to groom her, which was totally futile as her fur was like gluey patches. We wound up clipping off the worst of slow stages so as not to denude the poor thing. She suffered this all very patiently, and eventually all her fur grew back as luxuriously as it was meant to be. She was with us for many years and never again had the same really bad problem.

We only have one long haired cat now, and she so fastidious at grooming herself she wouldn't let anyone get close to her with a brush, but naturally she's a walking furball as a result.

Willie_W said...

Yes, we have introduced a sharp scissors to the equation a couple of times. She doesn't like it much, but seemed better in looks and in humour afterwards.

Yesterday on picking her up I noticed a bunch of knots in a large concentration on her chest. They're in an awkward spot, so it will be difficult to get the cat to stay still long enough to clip them. Basically it will involve keeping an upside-down cat from getting narky...