We all have our strengths and weaknesses as cat parents, and one of my big ones raising the kittens was almost never brushing them. I read a lot about it and how if I got them used to grooming it would be NBD when they were adults, etc., but it was always so difficult when I tried - they were so wiggly and Garfunkel in particular thinks the brush is a particularly fun toy that he needs to attack. I would hold it out in a non-threatening way so they could sniff/rub on it, then try to brush them but it wasn't going well - and, well, they weren't shedding (because they were kittens) so I just quit trying
Now, I am reaping what I sowed. I bought a Furminator recently because the hair is starting to appear everywhere, and I'm really regretting not getting them used to brushing when they were babies. You know those demo videos where the cat is sitting nicely on the lap while the headless person brushes them with the Furminator? Fat chance! The only way I even got more than one stroke on them was to take them into the bathroom one by one, feed them about fifteen pounds of treats each, and stroke as much as possible while they were eating the treats (which are the Wellness Pure grain-free treats, they are tiny, smaller than a dime!). Simon was the only one who ever lay down on his side allowing me to get a decent brushing (at least on that side - he refused to turn over to the other side )
Things are further complicated because each cat has something going against them:
1. Garfunkel is totally neurotic and retains the most kitten qualities of the bunch, including the spring-bouncing feet, attacking everything that moves, etc. - as soon as he feels the brush on his back he gets distracted and turns to play with it.
2. Simon REALLY NEEDS to be brushed because he has like double undercoat or something, it's what makes him so soft and fluffy (he's the one I thought would be long hair when they were baby kittens), and to get him totally brushed will take way, way longer than the other two.
3. Joni has petting-induced aggression and boundary issues. She was actually the easiest (least distracted) to get the brush on, but as soon as I cross her boundary - about mid-back - she is whipping her head around to bite, and getting on her back to attack it/my hand.
I actually think I am on the right track with the separation/treats to get them to see it as "fun time with mama," but can you provide any additional advice - especially for Garfunkel and Joni with trying to fight/play with the brush?