kristie73- In the beginning I took lucy to a regular dog groomer to be shaved. It is really funny to watch. They put her on the grooming table and shave her like a dog. I don't think they bath her, lucy does not like water. She only went to the regular groomers once. They would not shave her again unless she was sedated, but most cats will allow someone to shave them w/o sedation.
Now lucy goes to the vet, about twice a year, to be shaved. They use isoflourene sedation, which is safer for her. They also trimmed her nails. Lucy is so much happier w/o all of the hair. When she came home her personality completely changed. She runs around more and wants to be petted more. Lucy has matting and hairball problems, and she hated for me to brush her. Now that she is shaved no more mats or hairballs. It was a bit pricey b/c of the sedation, about $70, but we only do it twice a year. Petsmart will shave cats, I think it is around $35. I have seen cats being shaved at petsmart and it is funny how calm they are. I bet they know w/o the hair life is better
I'll try to post some pics of her soon.