Originally Posted by catsallover
I don't know if this will help, but I have 2 identical brushes (no sharp bristles
)- one to brush with, one for my difficult cat to "eat". They are swapped out frequently during the brushing, and she gets sick of it all kinda quickly still, but I do get a little done each time
I have to do the exact same thing with Ginger. She hates to be held or touched much unless it's on HER terms, and brushing falls under holding AND touching, so it is to be avoided at all costs. And she attacks the brush/comb, so two are a necessity.
I give her credit though. Once she realizes that it's going to happen no matter what her protest, she gives that little kitty sigh, and sits motionless in mute protest through the remainder of the ordeal.
When she's finished, I praise her, pet her, let go of her and watch out for the rears claws as she scrabbles for purchase on the fast exit. Then as she sits in front of me, glowering a bit as she attemps to recover from the insult, I praise her some more and give her treats. Then everything is okay again, and as she struts off I tell her how beautiful she is with her freshly groomed fur.
Each session gets just a tiny bit easier for both of us...although for doing her belly and pantaloons, I generally ask for my roomate to help hold her while I get in and get out to keep any mats from forming. He also holds her so I can trim her butt fur - helps keep her nice & clean.
My suggestion: Hang in there, think calm thoughts when with him, try two brushes for sure and praise him throughout and after the grooming, and give him a treat. Ginger, I think, has started making a more pleasant association regarding her grooming - it can't be all that bad if a treat comes with it.