Step 6: Brush Your Cat

1) Brush your cat’s mane, back and tummy with a large pin brush (also called a slicker brush).

Note: you will probably need someone to gently hold/restrain your cat while you brush the tummy area.

2) Brush your cat’s legs and tail with a wide toothed comb.

Note: the following minor steps are only necessary if your cat has clumped or greasy hair

3) Remove matted clumps by holding on to the clump at the base near the skin and brushing through it with the pin brush. (Holding the clumped hair at the base will help from tugging on the skin which can be painful for your cat). It may take several minutes to break up the matted clump with the brush.

Note: if you cannot brush the clump out, you can use a blunt-ended pair of scissors to remove it.

Warning: you must make sure no skin is caught up within the clump before you cut it out. Cats have very thin skin and can easily hurt if you clip their skin.

4) Rub a small nickle size amount of corn starch into a greasy area on your cats coat and comb the corn starch out. This will dry out the hair.
<p>we took our cat buddy to the vet today to have him shaved because of mats we brush him every day but in the morning he still gets mats over night and will. not let us touch his tummy .The vet had no luck. We will have to put him under.</p>
<p>I heard a great tip. Wrap each paw with Coflex tape, the tape they use to wrap your arm when you give blood. There is no stickum but it sticks to itself. That said, when my wife saw how I was cutting off my cats hair she started to cry..... not tears of joy. Guess I should have gotten permission. </p>
<p>My cat, Toby, LOVES to be shaved. Even though I brush him once a day, his fur still mats. I think it's because his undercoat is super fine and thick. It grows really long too. So put a guard on that only lets it cut a certain length. He purrs the whole time. I sure lucked out with him!</p>
<p>Ah yes, after I did such a procedure of my cat. She sold my soul to the demon of the feline underworld. (And I got multiple scratches here and there)</p>
<p>exactly the same with me!</p>
<p>&quot;Most professionals suggest brushing your long haired cat once a day. If this is something you know you won't be able to fit into your daily routine you should probably start shaving your cat.&quot; I'm sorry but if you don't have 5 minutes a day to bond with your cat every day, don't get a cat. Maine Coons also get this cut. Thanks for the great lesson but I am going to leave this to the professionals. </p>
<p>My cat is a monster when it comes to being combed. I don't know why. Even as a kitten he hated being combed. </p>
<p>I wonder if height makes a difference. I would shave my cat in the bathroom since its the only room in the house that's not carpeted. But he struggles and swipes at me with every chance he gets. Thats when I shave him from the floor. I am thinking maybe thats when he gets a bit nervous or scared that way. If done on the table with a bit of distraction maybe my cat will be okay with it? Dunno</p>
<p>I just did my Persian and only with scissors. I don't take it down to the skin. I just put my two fingers straight with my palm down on the cat and gently pull out the fur with the two fingers and clip just underneath my hand straight across, all over her except around her neck. I allow her to take breaks and eat, go outside, etc and wait until she COMES BACK TO ME TO GET GROOMED instead of holding her down, which is traumatic. She will even come back and lay on her back for me to do her tummy and around her arms. Then I give treats. Look on my facebook page for her pictures. www.bluebirdmom48@yahoo.com</p>
<p>You forgot to add the address of the nearest Emergency Room/A&amp;E. ;-) </p>
<p>I have a Ragdoll cat and she's Awesome!! I had her cut about 3 weeks ago and it's one of the best things that I've done!! She is one happy cat and so am !!!</p>
looked like a beautiful cat before it was shaved, if people don't have time to groom certain types of pets they should pick a short haired breed in the first place
<p>you obviously dont understand the logic behind shaving a long hair cat, since these cats live indoors their diet is based on wet or dry foods they dont nibble on outside grass, sticks and eat mice which makes hard for them to digest the hair they groom off while they lick their body, that hair gets stuck inside their intestines and causes a lot of pain and suffering for the cat, so in shaving them you are actually helping and relieving the cat from a lot of suffering.</p>
<p>sometimes, doing something difficult that is best for the cat is necessary. It was suggested to me by someone I admire greatly that if one cannot do this with a beloved pet, then one should never, ever even consider having children.</p><p>Yeah, i know. That suggestion pissed me off too. But in my case, me being upset didnt in any way lessen it's correctness. For some reason, reality doesn care at all if I'm offended by it.</p><p>Great 'able. Very good point about the nail trimming. Also, would suggest not using the table if the cat has been trained to not be on thetable in the first place. Trimming on the kitchen or bathroom floor prevents this. Cats are creatures of consistancy, above all else, and trimming the cat on a forbidden table will.cause the cat orders of magnitude more anxiety.</p>
I tried to bring my clippers to my cat and he flipped out. He's normally a calm cat. I rather send my cat to a cat groomer.
That is one mellow kitty!
I used to take my old black longhaired best-buddy to a groomer for this in early summer time. The first time he seemed really embarrassed by the way he looked. Then he realized how much cooler he felt in the summer and that he wasn't having to swallow a bunch of hair when he groomed himself. PLus, all his hair mats were finnaly just gone! YIPPEE! What a relief! After that first time, he always strutted around after getting his lion cut every year. <br> <br>Unfortunately he died last July, so now I have another named Houdini. This will be his first time getting his lion cut. I think I will have a groomer do it this first time and then use your wonderful detailed instructions to try it myself next summer. After all, besides gtting a few scratches, buying all the tools needed just once will pay for itself by the next year and save me about $100 every year after that. <br> <br>Do you have any suggestions about maybe light kitty downers to help them relax and not be so freaked by the buzzing of the hair trimmer? - Catgyrl
0.0 <br> <br> <br> <br> <br>BLAAAAAAAAAAAAGH
Cat dignity level: zero. Owner entertainment level: Over 9,00.<br><br>Me likey.
what do you use her hair for? for a small fee, I could try and spin it into yarn!! ;)
aww poor cat :(<br>I wouldnt do this to my furry babies!
Make sure your cat's skin is taut, too. I know you mentioned not letting the blade touch the cat but if you're using a bare blade, it's difficult not to. Periodically touch the blade to the inside of your wrist (like you would test milk from a heated baby bottle) or to your lower lip (yes, on your face) to make sure it's not hot enough to burn the cat.<br><br>I'm really interested in seeing the pictures of jackassed cats with a half-inch strip of fur missing from their backs, and their owner's bleeding fingers, after people try this with their psychotic cats. There was only 1 cat groomer in our salon for a reason (she was nuts). This must have been a REALLY CALM CAT.<br><br>Seriously though, please be careful you guys! Cat skin is really easy to make giant holes in!
One of my cats used to love this! (the other, not so much. . . )
My cat.... Is going to be so angry. <br><br>I love it.
How cute! I hope your cat likes it too!

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