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should i take my kitty to the groomer?

post #1 of 13
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We just had our house on the market, and Moonlight is timid with strangers, so he got really stressed. When he gets stressed, he doesn't groom himself as much, which results in matting. I brush him every morning when we wake up and every night before bed. I read online something about baths? I know Moonlight would absoulutley freak at a groomer but his coat is just so matted... what would you reccommend? I'm guessing this is my fault so please don't be to harsh.
post #2 of 13
Well first you should be using a comb on a longhair - brushes only get the surface - not the undercoat where it mats. You have to have all tangles out before you wet him down for a bath.

Try using a fine toothed and medium toothed comb on him first before you think about washing him.
post #3 of 13
Cats usually do much better with a groomer then we think they will and in fact, will do very well. So if your cat is getting matted and you don't feel you can get them out then by all means, I'd suggest taking him to a reputable groomer. I totally understand about cats getting stressed and matting. When they are stressed, they lose more hair, which in turn can cause more matting. And yes, combs work much better for getting out dead and lose hair. BAsically I only use a brush to fluff!
post #4 of 13
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I'm worried the groomer will just shave him though.
post #5 of 13
You have to let the groomer know that you do NOT want him shaved. In some areas, if he is really matted. . . and they are not able to get the mat out, they might have to cut down that area. But you can tell the groomer, to give you a call if necessary cutting and/or shaving is needed.
post #6 of 13
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I went to Petco today and bought a comb and some shampoo. The comb works well and I'm working on getting knots out. Well I was at Petco I read a Himalayan grooming book. It said that if you can't get matts and knots out shaving is the best thing for them because the knots pull at their skin and it's so painful it can eventually (possibly) kill them. I want what's best for him. It's just that he won't be a fluffy little kitty anymore.
post #7 of 13
oh, I hope you don't live near me in Illinois... the store near me has a TERRIBLE reputation in the grooming department from pulling hair out from the roots to being horribly rough with animals.
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oh, I hope you don't live near me in Illinois... the store near me has a TERRIBLE reputation in the grooming department from pulling hair out from the roots to being horribly rough with animals.
Oh my, it says you live in Chicagoland. So do I! (St. Charles) I'm so glad I didn't take him there... a lot of the knots are really pulling on his skin. It breaks my heart to hear him meow in pain but we have to do it. The comb is working so well I don't even think we need to take him to the groomer!
post #9 of 13
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Oh my, it says you live in Chicagoland. So do I! (St. Charles) I'm so glad I didn't take him there... a lot of the knots are really pulling on his skin. It breaks my heart to hear him meow in pain but we have to do it. The comb is working so well I don't even think we need to take him to the groomer!
*eep* Yes we are very close I'm in the Batavia/North Aurora border area. I'm talking about the storeo in North Aurora however. I know they have had several complaints filed with them also, our good friends and neighbors who have 2 friendly and out going shitzapoo's took their 2 dogs there to be groomed because their usual groomers were closed for the week & when they picked them up, they had several nicks, their ears were bright red and inflammed & had scabs in them and were still bleeding, they had to take them to the vet to get antibiotics, they were skiddish and reserved to loud noises and scared of their leashes for WEEKS after their visit to the store groomer in North Aurora.

It was TERRIBLE.

NEVER take any of your animals there & since you are local warn anyone you know that has animals about them.
post #10 of 13
I'm glad I do show cats and have learned most of my experience with grooming LH's from show friends who had persians.

I did have a Turkish Angora for awhile. So I'm pretty good at grooming long or short hairs You have to have patience when getting knots and tangles out of a longhair.
post #11 of 13
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*eep* Yes we are very close I'm in the Batavia/North Aurora border area. I'm talking about the storeo in North Aurora however. I know they have had several complaints filed with them also, our good friends and neighbors who have 2 friendly and out going shitzapoo's took their 2 dogs there to be groomed because their usual groomers were closed for the week & when they picked them up, they had several nicks, their ears were bright red and inflammed & had scabs in them and were still bleeding, they had to take them to the vet to get antibiotics, they were skiddish and reserved to loud noises and scared of their leashes for WEEKS after their visit to the store groomer in North Aurora.

It was TERRIBLE.

NEVER take any of your animals there & since you are local warn anyone you know that has animals about them.
Oh yuck.. my little brother wants to buy a mouse from there. I told him to adopt but there are none at our local shelter. I didn't want to go into details about where the mice come from because he's only 10.

About Moonlight-- thanks so much for telling me to get the comb! It works excellent and I'm getting most of the knots out. Of course he hates it.
post #12 of 13
There is nothing wrong with the mice there... infact the reason I have the inside scoop about the particular store... is, I used to work there before I had to leave due to medical issues.

I didnt work in the grooming department. I wish they would replace them...

But I did work on the floor, they do pretty good with the animals He'll do fine getting a lil mouse from there.
post #13 of 13
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There is nothing wrong with the mice there... infact the reason I have the inside scoop about the particular store... is, I used to work there before I had to leave due to medical issues.

I didnt work in the grooming department. I wish they would replace them...

But I did work on the floor, they do pretty good with the animals He'll do fine getting a lil mouse from there.
Oh that's good! I recently went to Petsmart and I like it better there. There is someone behind the critter cages ALL the time socailizing them and feeding them, etc. To bad they don't sell mice.
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