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#1 Silvergirl12

Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:42 AM

Looking for some tips - I have two very fluffy cats and despite regular brushing I just cannot keep up with their shedding. The furballs are minimal but I think in this heat they would be much more comfortable with their fur shaved, and it would eliminate the shedding issue. I have a thing called a Furminator already which takes a lot of the fur off, but it just seems to keep on coming!

Has anyone else ever done this? I can't imagine the cats would be too keen on the idea... I called one grooming place who told me cats need to be sedated to have this done which I'm not overly keen on either but can understand the logic.

Any experience on this issue would be greatly appreciated!

#2 ~~HappyMummy~~

Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:49 AM

I had a ragdoll and had him clipped once or twice a year.  I also had a furminator but couldn't keep up!

Some places wanted to sedate the cat but I found two places where the groomer and I just held him.  No problem if they were quick.  Cost around $40 or so.

If you're in Sydney I'm happy to give recommendations.

#3 usandthem

Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:50 AM

My sis does her fluffy cat in summer, he is extremely fluffy and gets knotted up really badly. He is quite docile and she shaves him herself, I've helped her do it and he just sits there. Dont think you would be that lucky with most cats though!

#4 MintyBiscuit

Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:57 AM

A friend of mine trimmed her cat every summer, but she had been doing it since he was little so he was used to it. Even with him being used to it, it still took her two brothers holding him to get through it.

Our cat is medium hair and sheds like crazy, but the heat doesn't seem to be a bother to her. She just finds the coolest spots in the house and sleeps.

#5 (feral)epg

Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:58 AM

It's a pretty unusual cat that doesn't need sedation to be clipped - especially for the tummy / armpits etc.  The skin here is very delicate and most cats need to be shaved very close to the skin to get under any matting so there's significant risk of injuring the cat if they're struggling.
Take them to a vet - I wouldn't trust any groomers with a sedation (and they're not legally allowed), be prepared that it will be expensive and that the cats will look pretty weird.

#6 Silvergirl12

Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:06 AM

Thanks everyone! ~~HappyMummy~~ re furminator, exactly!! Its crazy, where do they get all this fur!! If you could please send me the groomers name it would be fantastic. They are very placid cats and don't freak out for their vet checkups so we might be ok to just hold them and hope for the best.

DH and I just said we could get some clippers and try at home first - they would be most comfortable here and are completely trusting with us (hopefully we won't ruin that for them!). usandthem, hopefully we will be lucky like your sister!

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