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Anyone have their cat groomed?

irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users
My two cats aren't quite long haired, but they're not really short haired either. They shed a lot, and I could brush them all day and still come up with a full brush of fur every time. They have a lot of hair under their tail too.

One is starting to get matted hair on her backside. I'm thinking of getting them groomed but I dont want to torture the poor things.

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  • coilynappcoilynapp Posts: 4,233Registered Users
    Good luck! If your cats are pretty easy going, grooming may be ok. My long hair cat would probably shred the groomer to pieces. But she has got a shower and groom when she stayed at the boarding place at the vet when I was away one xmas. So I think she'd do ok...maybe

    To prevent matted hair, you should try and keep the backside shaved around the genitals. Your vet can do this for you really quick.
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  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    I know a few people who have their cats groomed. The cats seem fine afterward; it's the groomer who wears a falconer's glove while she works .
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I consider cats to be self-cleaning. My long-haired cat is 9 years old, and she's never had a bath. If your cat is matting in the back, it's probably because s/he is too...um...fat...to reach it to groom that area properly. My cat was like that before The Diet. She's much slimmer now and can reach it better. A couple times a year, I use a Furminator to remove the long undercoat, but she takes care of all the rest of her own grooming.
  • coilynappcoilynapp Posts: 4,233Registered Users
    ^^^ :lol: at too fat cat!

    My cats groom themselves too and I don't need to bathe them. All I do is brush them and trim their claws (and rub their bellies!). If the long haired one is sick and has the runs (has happened twice in her 5 yr life) I wash her in the back...it's hilarious to see a bushy cat in the front and a skinny wet cat in the back! And of course, she hates me for it :D
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    Double post
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  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users
    I have a good friend who breeds and shows Persians, so that's what I've had the last 25 years. They have to be groomed. They couldn't possible keep up with all the fur. Once a year, they went to the vet, had anesthesia and came back with a "lion" cut. Otherwise, DH and I did it with a little tranquilizer.

    When I move to the suburbs, I found a groomer who did it with no sedation. She was incredible with the cats and a delight to have around (she made house calls.) I cried when she move to San Antonio. Once again we do it ourselves, with no sedation.

    It's really not that difficult. They hate it and we put it off as long as possible. Best thing to do is get them used to it for a young age.
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  • alsaxonalsaxon Posts: 734Registered Users
    iroc wrote: »
    My two cats aren't quite long haired, but they're not really short haired either. They shed a lot, and I could brush them all day and still come up with a full brush of fur every time. They have a lot of hair under their tail too.

    One is starting to get matted hair on her backside. I'm thinking of getting them groomed but I dont want to torture the poor things.

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    No, but for the same reasons as you I've thought about they shed terribly. In general they like to be groomed but but not for too long and when I get to the underside they act a damn fool. I have the furminator but don't use it as often as I should to see if I'd really get results. Do they like to be groomed by you and have you tried the furminator?
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  • alsaxonalsaxon Posts: 734Registered Users
    I wonder if bathing once in awhile will rinse away most of the loose hair. I've really thought about it.
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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users
    I consider cats to be self-cleaning. My long-haired cat is 9 years old, and she's never had a bath. If your cat is matting in the back, it's probably because s/he is too...um...fat...to reach it to groom that area properly. My cat was like that before The Diet. She's much slimmer now and can reach it better. A couple times a year, I use a Furminator to remove the long undercoat, but she takes care of all the rest of her own grooming.

    I consider cats to be self grooming as well - and she IS too fat!!!

    Honestly, this fat cat can hardly clean her own ass. They were super tiny cats until I had them fixed and then they porked out. I tried to feed them 'diet' cat food, but their fur looks horrible, and my old man cat is an outdoor and he's lost too much weight on it.

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  • alsaxonalsaxon Posts: 734Registered Users
    iroc wrote: »
    I consider cats to be self-cleaning. My long-haired cat is 9 years old, and she's never had a bath. If your cat is matting in the back, it's probably because s/he is too...um...fat...to reach it to groom that area properly. My cat was like that before The Diet. She's much slimmer now and can reach it better. A couple times a year, I use a Furminator to remove the long undercoat, but she takes care of all the rest of her own grooming.

    I consider cats to be self grooming as well - and she IS too fat!!!

    Honestly, this fat cat can hardly clean her own ass. They were super tiny cats until I had them fixed and then they porked out. I tried to feed them 'diet' cat food, but their fur looks horrible, and my old man cat is an outdoor and he's lost too much weight on it.

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    Mine are porkers too. 12lb and 14lbs. smh
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  • coilynappcoilynapp Posts: 4,233Registered Users
    alsaxon wrote: »
    iroc wrote: »
    I consider cats to be self-cleaning. My long-haired cat is 9 years old, and she's never had a bath. If your cat is matting in the back, it's probably because s/he is too...um...fat...to reach it to groom that area properly. My cat was like that before The Diet. She's much slimmer now and can reach it better. A couple times a year, I use a Furminator to remove the long undercoat, but she takes care of all the rest of her own grooming.

    I consider cats to be self grooming as well - and she IS too fat!!!

    Honestly, this fat cat can hardly clean her own ass. They were super tiny cats until I had them fixed and then they porked out. I tried to feed them 'diet' cat food, but their fur looks horrible, and my old man cat is an outdoor and he's lost too much weight on it.

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    Mine are porkers too. 12lb and 14lbs. smh
    Is that fat? My cats are 11 and 12lbs and both have a small saggy belly, but I don't consider them fat at all. What's the normal weight of a cat supposed to be?
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  • *Marah**Marah* Posts: 8,032Registered Users
    LOL.. porker cats. Hee hee heeeeeh!
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  • alsaxonalsaxon Posts: 734Registered Users
    coilynapp wrote: »
    alsaxon wrote: »
    iroc wrote: »

    I consider cats to be self grooming as well - and she IS too fat!!!

    Honestly, this fat cat can hardly clean her own ass. They were super tiny cats until I had them fixed and then they porked out. I tried to feed them 'diet' cat food, but their fur looks horrible, and my old man cat is an outdoor and he's lost too much weight on it.

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    Mine are porkers too. 12lb and 14lbs. smh
    Is that fat? My cats are 11 and 12lbs and both have a small saggy belly, but I don't consider them fat at all. What's the normal weight of a cat supposed to be?

    Well to me my 14lb kind looks like a butterball and she has a stomach that moves when she runs.:lol: The other one does not look fat to me but every time I take her to the vet they say my what a big girl as if she is on the fatter range of things. My vet did tell me to make sure my 14lb one doesn't gain anymore weight or we will have to put her on a diet.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    iroc wrote: »
    I consider cats to be self-cleaning. My long-haired cat is 9 years old, and she's never had a bath. If your cat is matting in the back, it's probably because s/he is too...um...fat...to reach it to groom that area properly. My cat was like that before The Diet. She's much slimmer now and can reach it better. A couple times a year, I use a Furminator to remove the long undercoat, but she takes care of all the rest of her own grooming.

    I consider cats to be self grooming as well - and she IS too fat!!!

    Honestly, this fat cat can hardly clean her own ass. They were super tiny cats until I had them fixed and then they porked out. I tried to feed them 'diet' cat food, but their fur looks horrible, and my old man cat is an outdoor and he's lost too much weight on it.


    I didn't use diet food for my cat's diet...I used LESS food. Once I found the right balance of dry and wet for her particular level of (in)activity, she lost the excess weight and has been at a consistent and trim weight for several years now. I know she wasn't happy being fat, even if she thinks she should get more to eat. She can move so much easier now that it's worth listening to any b1tching she might do at dinnertime.

    It's pretty easy to put a dog or cat on a diet. I guarantee that you won't feel any hunger pangs. ;)
  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users
    Well, it depends on their size. My older cat is probably around 12lbs, but he's bigger. These were tiny cats. One was 2.5lbs, the other was about 5lbs. They got fixed and they both gained a lot. The smaller one definitely got bigger, but she looks size appropriate. The bigger one is just huge. I watched her try to clean herself and she just rolled around trying to reach herself.

    Poor kitty :( boyfriend keeps telling her to get on the treadmill, LOL.

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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    coilynapp wrote: »
    alsaxon wrote: »
    iroc wrote: »

    I consider cats to be self grooming as well - and she IS too fat!!!

    Honestly, this fat cat can hardly clean her own ass. They were super tiny cats until I had them fixed and then they porked out. I tried to feed them 'diet' cat food, but their fur looks horrible, and my old man cat is an outdoor and he's lost too much weight on it.

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    Mine are porkers too. 12lb and 14lbs. smh
    Is that fat? My cats are 11 and 12lbs and both have a small saggy belly, but I don't consider them fat at all. What's the normal weight of a cat supposed to be?



    It depends on the cat build. Some can be enormously fat at 12 or 14 pounds...some are just big-boned.

    I go by the wubba-wubba factor. That flap of skin they all have under them (the wubba-wubba...a technical term, look it up) shouldn't be filled with fat. It's supposed to be mostly loose skin.
  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users
    iroc wrote: »
    I consider cats to be self-cleaning. My long-haired cat is 9 years old, and she's never had a bath. If your cat is matting in the back, it's probably because s/he is too...um...fat...to reach it to groom that area properly. My cat was like that before The Diet. She's much slimmer now and can reach it better. A couple times a year, I use a Furminator to remove the long undercoat, but she takes care of all the rest of her own grooming.

    I consider cats to be self grooming as well - and she IS too fat!!!

    Honestly, this fat cat can hardly clean her own ass. They were super tiny cats until I had them fixed and then they porked out. I tried to feed them 'diet' cat food, but their fur looks horrible, and my old man cat is an outdoor and he's lost too much weight on it.


    I didn't use diet food for my cat's diet...I used LESS food. Once I found the right balance of dry and wet for her particular level of (in)activity, she lost the excess weight and has been at a consistent and trim weight for several years now. I know she wasn't happy being fat, even if she thinks she should get more to eat. She can move so much easier now that it's worth listening to any b1tching she might do at dinnertime.

    It's pretty easy to put a dog or cat on a diet. I guarantee that you won't feel any hunger pangs. ;)

    I've always just left food out for my cats. If their bowl is empty at night, I just wait to feed them in the morning, but they always have food out.

    There's 3 of them so I don't know how I'd go about feeding them at feeding times.

    Charlie is outdoor, so he's fine, Betty is an okay size, its just fatty. Ya, we call her fatty.

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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Maybe put the food up high. If Fatty can't jump up, maybe she's too fat to eat. In that case, you can pick her up to eat only a certain amount and the other cats can eat from the endless supply.

    I feed my cat 1/4 cup of dry and 1/6 of a can of wet per day. She only eats once a day, in the evening, and she finishes it all within a few minutes. It doesn't seem like a lot of food, but it's enough to keep her at a good weight. If I feed her more than that, she gains weight. I've tried to increase it a bit, but had to back off when she gained.
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    How timely. Buddy had burrs and ticks when I took him in. I cut out the burrs and took out the ticks. Now his coat looks pretty good. Vet thinks he part Maine Coon. He's 16 pounds, not fat, not really skinny, but big and long. He had a belly flap that flaps.

    But, he did hack up a giant hair ball, so perhaps some help is in order. I just tried a furminator. He tolerated about 10 seconds. I don't think he's had early grooming, and he's an adult, so it'll take some time to get him used to it. I can't touch his claws at all for trimming.

    A local groomer here does cats only. The pics are pretty cool, and they do a ton of lion cuts for the long hairs in the summer.


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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I give my cats flea baths once a month and they have no real issue with it. I've done it since they were kittens and they occasionally will let out a distressed meow but that's about it.

    Most of them keep clean on their own all except my Shadow. He is a black longhaired Maine Coon and he is terrible about grooming himself. He isn't fat, infact he's rather thin right now, and he does a terrible job of cleaning his hind quarters. I trim the fur occasionally, cut out mats, and will 'wash' him if he stinks..aka, into the tub you go or a wipe with a wet washcloth. Ah yes, I've wiped more kitty butts than human babies.

    He was found as a newborn, eyes still closed, and cord still attached. I bottlefed him, had to bathe him (no other cats at the time) and rubbed his belly to help him 'go'. Lol. My baby. I even had to burp him after bottle feedings. I still put him upto my shoulder and pat him sometimes...just habit. And he usually purrs and likes that position...

    Oh yeah, some cats just don't do a good job whether they're too fat or never learned. A good groomer can make a world of difference.
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    I like the word "furminator."
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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users
    I should start feeding them one a day. I'm going to have to do something. I know if I took her to the vet they'd tell me she needs to go on a diet.

    I've never had a cat that didn't regulate his/her own food intake.

    I do brush them, but I don't have a furminator, and they wouldn't let me brush near their backside.

    I've given them infrequent baths before, but I think she should be clipped. Maybe even shaved, as ridiculous as it looks, to keep the shedding down.

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