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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:27 am 
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I have a long-haired tortie. She lets me brush all of her except her belly. We recently came home from an extended trip and now she has some tight large matts on her belly. Normally I am able to cut them off but I'm afraid as these seem pretty close to her skin.

The vet mentioned something about a lion's cut last time we were in. I don't think this extreme is necessary as it is only her belly that gets matted. She also mentioned that she would have to be sedated for this which I'm not fan of as she doesn't do well with sedation.

I've thought about taking her to a groomer but not sure that most groom cats. I've also thought about shaving her belly w/clippers with the help of others but I'm not sure how that'd go.

What do you guys think? What is the best way? I fell bad for her. :/ Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: shaving a cat?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:07 am 
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Awww, poor kitty. I would definitely try calling around to your local groomers. You're right that most groomers work primarily with dogs but I have heard of groomers that work with cats.

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 Post subject: Re: shaving a cat?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:36 am 
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Chewie has the same problem. The groomer at my local vet did a cut where she only shaved his belly and some other matts. Chewie did have to be sedated, but the groomer tried several times with breaks in between before calling for my consent. He wasn't put completely under and it was only the gas. Another option may be a matt separator, which I've seen at pet supply stores. It may not work since your cat won't let you near her belly.


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 Post subject: Re: shaving a cat?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:55 am 
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Most groomers will work with cats, even if dogs are their primary business. Just call around. Whether or not she needs to be sedated just depends on her temperament. I've groomed cats that just chill the entire time, and I've groomed cats that try to bite my face off. I'd just shave her belly if that's the only area she gets matted. Full-body shaves can be a little traumatic if cats aren't used to being shaved.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:42 pm 
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You could try clicker training with her, to get her to tolerate you touching her belly. Just google "clicker training cats" it if you're not sure what it is.

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Look for a mobile groomer! or someone to come into your home to do it to relieve kitty's stress. Once you see how much hair is removed during a lion cut, you'll wonder how your cat survived carrying all of that around. Its a little more $$$, but worth the peace of mind.

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 Post subject: Re: shaving a cat?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:53 pm 
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My fat cat is wall to wall mats and i'd love to do this, but is it going to make him more vulnerable the other kitty's bites and scritches?

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 Post subject: Re: shaving a cat?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:20 pm 
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This happened to my cat a few summers ago, except it was her back, sides, and belly... she was one huge dreadlock. She hates being brushed, especially her belly.

I took her into a groomer who swore that they were fine with cats and blah blah. 10 minutes after I left, I was called asked to come pick up my cat. They couldn't even get her out of the carrier, she made one of the women bleed (what idiot reaches in to pull a hissing cat out of a carrier). They charged me too... so find out what if they'll charge you even if they can't shave the cat if you go that route.

I really didn't want to take her to the vet and have her put under, so I decided to do it myself!

I bought some decent clippers, plug-into the wall ones (not battery), and it took a few days, but I was able to shave her. She fought it the whole time and it took two people for a lot of it. I got her belly and back short enough I was able to brush the mats out (she had prob 1/2 inch of hair left). I cut some of them out with scissors too. It wasn't necessarily pretty, but it grew back out quickly and not that many people see her anyway.

I use the clippers on her some now, mostly to trim the hair around her rear-end so she doesn't get dingleberries. 3 years of regular butthair trims and she tolerates it fairly well (she throws less of a fit and as long as I'm wearing jeans and shoes I don't get scratched). I still have a hard time brushing her belly though.


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 Post subject: Re: shaving a cat?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:27 am 
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I have one long-hair cat who does not enjoy being combed, and as a result, he is prone to matting. My vet recommended a groomer who has a reputation as a cat whisperer. This groomer uses a hood on the kitty, and she seems to be able to work with this ornery cat without too much trouble.

What is amazing, to me anyway, is that this cat completely changes personality when he comes back all shaved. We do a full lion cut on him and he seems to enjoy being able to feel the full contact of my hand on his skin. He becomes less pettable and more shy as his coat grows back!

I've though about shaving this guy myself, but he's a semi-feral kitty and I don't think I'd be able to manage repeated shaving sessions with him without completely losing his trust.


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