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    • Rachel83
    • By Rachel83 1st Aug 18, 9:34 PM
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    Grooming a short hair cat.
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    Grooming a short hair cat. 1st Aug 18 at 9:34 PM
    I have a vicious little minx of a cat who basically hates any form of touch other than on her head!

    She seems to have really hick short hair with maybe a winter coat still underneath with a few mats on her back legs, anyone have tips on how to brush her without getting eaten or clawed in the process... I love cats !!!128560;
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    • MovingForwards
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    Trim them off, it will be a lot safer for you! Two people, one grabs and holds, the other is like a ninja with the scissors. Hopefully that would encourage her to groom all over.

    Or just try introducing a bit of fuss moving a little bit further away but still in the same stroke. Keep repeating and when she doesnt play up extend it a bit and keep repeating the process.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 1st Aug 18, 10:30 PM
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    We had a cat years ago .... never groomed it once. It never occurred to people back then to groom cats....

    Does it really need doing, or have you convinced yourself it's something you should be doing?

    Leave it.... it's a cat, it'll lick itself.
    • Rachel83
    • By Rachel83 1st Aug 18, 11:28 PM
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    I have 4 and have always had cats including a very long haired one who never needed grooming, this one is the only cat I have thought needs it. Both her rear legs are covered in matts on the sides, but yes otherwise I wouldnt bother with it! Guess its a comb and scissors effort.

    She is probably just a lazy groomer if its not simply the fact she has super thick fur! Typical that its the kitty who hates been handled the most too!
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 2nd Aug 18, 2:11 PM
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    Make a cat burrito.

    Wrap her pointy bits up in a towel, ignore the wailing, howling and gnashing of teeth and carefully clip the offending bits off. Have a spare towel beside you to add ontop if a part escapes or for extra security when exposing another area. (it's also handy for stemming the bloodflow if a pointy bit escapes and does some damage). Having a moist flannel with a couple of drops of baby shampoo on it also helps to get some of the fluff out of the way.


    When done, carefully place Angry Burrito down in front of you with a clear escape route, then release the corners. Watch Angry Burrito turn into a blur of indignation and horror before it disappears under something for the next few hours.
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    • Rachel83
    • By Rachel83 3rd Aug 18, 5:30 PM
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    Haha that definitely sounds like my cat! My other 3 wouldn!!!8217;t care less, this ones just a nightmare!
    • DD265
    • By DD265 3rd Aug 18, 8:21 PM
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    We tend to wrap up well in thick jumpers, and one of us pins the cat against our chest/shoulder whilst the other person does what needs to be done!

    The trick is not to let them think they have a chance of wriggling out of your grasp
    • hb2
    • By hb2 8th Aug 18, 9:34 AM
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    Make a cat burrito.

    Wrap her pointy bits up in a towel, ignore the wailing, howling and gnashing of teeth and carefully clip the offending bits off. Have a spare towel beside you to add ontop if a part escapes or for extra security when exposing another area. (it's also handy for stemming the bloodflow if a pointy bit escapes and does some damage). Having a moist flannel with a couple of drops of baby shampoo on it also helps to get some of the fluff out of the way.


    When done, carefully place Angry Burrito down in front of you with a clear escape route, then release the corners. Watch Angry Burrito turn into a blur of indignation and horror before it disappears under something for the next few hours.
    Originally posted by Jojo the Tightfisted
    You certainly know cats!
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 8th Aug 18, 12:08 PM
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    Our old British Blue was like that - back of the ears, fine, but anything south was forbidden territory. Fortunately, she kept herself well groomed - except for the spot between the base of her spine and the start of her tail. Whenever I saw a 'clump' forming I would give her her most favourite treat - chopped king prawns (I know, I know !) and give her a quick brush while she was otherwise occupied.

    Our current fur lady, however, just loves to be brushed.
    Last edited by Silvertabby; 08-08-2018 at 1:04 PM.
    • donnac2558
    • By donnac2558 8th Aug 18, 1:28 PM
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    We had a cat years ago .... never groomed it once. It never occurred to people back then to groom cats....

    Does it really need doing, or have you convinced yourself it's something you should be doing?

    Leave it.... it's a cat, it'll lick itself.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew

    Then they throw up hair balls on your carpet
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 8th Aug 18, 9:22 PM
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    “ We had a cat years ago .... never groomed it once. It never occurred to people back then to groom cats....
    Does it really need doing, or have you convinced yourself it's something you should be doing?
    Leave it.... it's a cat, it'll lick itself.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew

    Then they throw up hair balls on your carpet
    Originally posted by donnac2558

    They still do that if you groom them !
    • Rachel83
    • By Rachel83 19th Aug 18, 2:16 PM
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    Ive taken to cutting out the clumps protecting her skin and getting a comb inbetween where possible! How one cat can get so clumpy when the others are great is beyond me!? Guess shes a lazy groomer!
    Oh well she probably looks worse now, and only a little bit of hissing
    • calicocat
    • By calicocat 21st Aug 18, 12:20 PM
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    I have a vicious little minx of a cat who basically hates any form of touch other than on her head!

    She seems to have really hick short hair with maybe a winter coat still underneath with a few mats on her back legs, anyone have tips on how to brush her without getting eaten or clawed in the process... I love cats !!!128560;
    Originally posted by Rachel83
    I feel yor pain, have similar creature, and just strayed a thread on how to tackle this with one that is same in behaviour but ancient and skinny. If mine was younger, I agree with jojo’s burrito post if you can do it, just had to do this with mine to clip her nails with 3 people. It didn’t work with my old one for the hair though as she is too skinny,old, and stressed with it.

    Good luck.
    Yep...still at it, working out how to retire early........ Going to have to rethink that scenario as have been screwed over by the company. A work in progress.
    • calicocat
    • By calicocat 24th Aug 18, 12:15 PM
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    I have just bought a slicker from Pets at home.

    It’s the ‘groom room’ one with bamboo handle for medium to long coats, even though mine is short haired. She appeared to prefer the feel of this brush on her and tolerated it much better, it is very soft. It may be worth a try for your little bundle of joy.
    Yep...still at it, working out how to retire early........ Going to have to rethink that scenario as have been screwed over by the company. A work in progress.
    • Rachel83
    • By Rachel83 3rd Sep 18, 9:35 PM
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    She has actually started grooming here more after giving her a hair cut! I guess the matts were irritating her before! Blooming kittys hard work!
    • calicocat
    • By calicocat 6th Sep 18, 4:10 PM
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    . Yep, sure is. I am still at it with mine doing a little at a time......days later.

    She’s looking really good now, just got back legs and some underneath to do. Will likely have to get a brave pal to hold her up to do this properly. She is actually much better with new slicker though so not attacking really.
    Yep...still at it, working out how to retire early........ Going to have to rethink that scenario as have been screwed over by the company. A work in progress.
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