Anyone have their cat groomed?

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My two cats aren't quite long haired, but they're not really short haired either. They shed a lot, and I could brush them all day and still come up with a full brush of fur every time. They have a lot of hair under their tail too.

One is starting to get matted hair on her backside. I'm thinking of getting them groomed but I dont want to torture the poor things.

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Good luck! If your cats are pretty easy going, grooming may be ok. My long hair cat would probably shred the groomer to pieces. But she has got a shower and groom when she stayed at the boarding place at the vet when I was away one xmas. So I think she'd do ok...maybe

To prevent matted hair, you should try and keep the backside shaved around the genitals. Your vet can do this for you really quick.
I know a few people who have their cats groomed. The cats seem fine afterward; it's the groomer who wears a falconer's glove while she works .

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I consider cats to be self-cleaning. My long-haired cat is 9 years old, and she's never had a bath. If your cat is matting in the back, it's probably because s/he is too...um...fat...to reach it to groom that area properly. My cat was like that before The Diet. She's much slimmer now and can reach it better. A couple times a year, I use a Furminator to remove the long undercoat, but she takes care of all the rest of her own grooming.
^^^ at too fat cat!

My cats groom themselves too and I don't need to bathe them. All I do is brush them and trim their claws (and rub their bellies!). If the long haired one is sick and has the runs (has happened twice in her 5 yr life) I wash her in the back...it's hilarious to see a bushy cat in the front and a skinny wet cat in the back! And of course, she hates me for it
I have a good friend who breeds and shows Persians, so that's what I've had the last 25 years. They have to be groomed. They couldn't possible keep up with all the fur. Once a year, they went to the vet, had anesthesia and came back with a "lion" cut. Otherwise, DH and I did it with a little tranquilizer.

When I move to the suburbs, I found a groomer who did it with no sedation. She was incredible with the cats and a delight to have around (she made house calls.) I cried when she move to San Antonio. Once again we do it ourselves, with no sedation.

It's really not that difficult. They hate it and we put it off as long as possible. Best thing to do is get them used to it for a young age.
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My two cats aren't quite long haired, but they're not really short haired either. They shed a lot, and I could brush them all day and still come up with a full brush of fur every time. They have a lot of hair under their tail too.

One is starting to get matted hair on her backside. I'm thinking of getting them groomed but I dont want to torture the poor things.

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Originally Posted by iroc
No, but for the same reasons as you I've thought about they shed terribly. In general they like to be groomed but but not for too long and when I get to the underside they act a damn fool. I have the furminator but don't use it as often as I should to see if I'd really get results. Do they like to be groomed by you and have you tried the furminator?
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I wonder if bathing once in awhile will rinse away most of the loose hair. I've really thought about it.
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I consider cats to be self-cleaning. My long-haired cat is 9 years old, and she's never had a bath. If your cat is matting in the back, it's probably because s/he is too...um...fat...to reach it to groom that area properly. My cat was like that before The Diet. She's much slimmer now and can reach it better. A couple times a year, I use a Furminator to remove the long undercoat, but she takes care of all the rest of her own grooming.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I consider cats to be self grooming as well - and she IS too fat!!!

Honestly, this fat cat can hardly clean her own ass. They were super tiny cats until I had them fixed and then they porked out. I tried to feed them 'diet' cat food, but their fur looks horrible, and my old man cat is an outdoor and he's lost too much weight on it.

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I consider cats to be self-cleaning. My long-haired cat is 9 years old, and she's never had a bath. If your cat is matting in the back, it's probably because s/he is too...um...fat...to reach it to groom that area properly. My cat was like that before The Diet. She's much slimmer now and can reach it better. A couple times a year, I use a Furminator to remove the long undercoat, but she takes care of all the rest of her own grooming.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I consider cats to be self grooming as well - and she IS too fat!!!

Honestly, this fat cat can hardly clean her own ass. They were super tiny cats until I had them fixed and then they porked out. I tried to feed them 'diet' cat food, but their fur looks horrible, and my old man cat is an outdoor and he's lost too much weight on it.

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Originally Posted by iroc
Mine are porkers too. 12lb and 14lbs. smh
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I consider cats to be self-cleaning. My long-haired cat is 9 years old, and she's never had a bath. If your cat is matting in the back, it's probably because s/he is too...um...fat...to reach it to groom that area properly. My cat was like that before The Diet. She's much slimmer now and can reach it better. A couple times a year, I use a Furminator to remove the long undercoat, but she takes care of all the rest of her own grooming.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I consider cats to be self grooming as well - and she IS too fat!!!

Honestly, this fat cat can hardly clean her own ass. They were super tiny cats until I had them fixed and then they porked out. I tried to feed them 'diet' cat food, but their fur looks horrible, and my old man cat is an outdoor and he's lost too much weight on it.

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Originally Posted by iroc
Mine are porkers too. 12lb and 14lbs. smh
Originally Posted by alsaxon
Is that fat? My cats are 11 and 12lbs and both have a small saggy belly, but I don't consider them fat at all. What's the normal weight of a cat supposed to be?
LOL.. porker cats. Hee hee heeeeeh!

I consider cats to be self grooming as well - and she IS too fat!!!

Honestly, this fat cat can hardly clean her own ass. They were super tiny cats until I had them fixed and then they porked out. I tried to feed them 'diet' cat food, but their fur looks horrible, and my old man cat is an outdoor and he's lost too much weight on it.

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Originally Posted by iroc
Mine are porkers too. 12lb and 14lbs. smh
Originally Posted by alsaxon
Is that fat? My cats are 11 and 12lbs and both have a small saggy belly, but I don't consider them fat at all. What's the normal weight of a cat supposed to be?
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Well to me my 14lb kind looks like a butterball and she has a stomach that moves when she runs. The other one does not look fat to me but every time I take her to the vet they say my what a big girl as if she is on the fatter range of things. My vet did tell me to make sure my 14lb one doesn't gain anymore weight or we will have to put her on a diet.
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I consider cats to be self-cleaning. My long-haired cat is 9 years old, and she's never had a bath. If your cat is matting in the back, it's probably because s/he is too...um...fat...to reach it to groom that area properly. My cat was like that before The Diet. She's much slimmer now and can reach it better. A couple times a year, I use a Furminator to remove the long undercoat, but she takes care of all the rest of her own grooming.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I consider cats to be self grooming as well - and she IS too fat!!!

Honestly, this fat cat can hardly clean her own ass. They were super tiny cats until I had them fixed and then they porked out. I tried to feed them 'diet' cat food, but their fur looks horrible, and my old man cat is an outdoor and he's lost too much weight on it.
Originally Posted by iroc

I didn't use diet food for my cat's diet...I used LESS food. Once I found the right balance of dry and wet for her particular level of (in)activity, she lost the excess weight and has been at a consistent and trim weight for several years now. I know she wasn't happy being fat, even if she thinks she should get more to eat. She can move so much easier now that it's worth listening to any b1tching she might do at dinnertime.

It's pretty easy to put a dog or cat on a diet. I guarantee that you won't feel any hunger pangs.
Well, it depends on their size. My older cat is probably around 12lbs, but he's bigger. These were tiny cats. One was 2.5lbs, the other was about 5lbs. They got fixed and they both gained a lot. The smaller one definitely got bigger, but she looks size appropriate. The bigger one is just huge. I watched her try to clean herself and she just rolled around trying to reach herself.

Poor kitty boyfriend keeps telling her to get on the treadmill, LOL.

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I consider cats to be self grooming as well - and she IS too fat!!!

Honestly, this fat cat can hardly clean her own ass. They were super tiny cats until I had them fixed and then they porked out. I tried to feed them 'diet' cat food, but their fur looks horrible, and my old man cat is an outdoor and he's lost too much weight on it.

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Originally Posted by iroc
Mine are porkers too. 12lb and 14lbs. smh
Originally Posted by alsaxon
Is that fat? My cats are 11 and 12lbs and both have a small saggy belly, but I don't consider them fat at all. What's the normal weight of a cat supposed to be?
Originally Posted by coilynapp


It depends on the cat build. Some can be enormously fat at 12 or 14 pounds...some are just big-boned.

I go by the wubba-wubba factor. That flap of skin they all have under them (the wubba-wubba...a technical term, look it up) shouldn't be filled with fat. It's supposed to be mostly loose skin.
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I consider cats to be self-cleaning. My long-haired cat is 9 years old, and she's never had a bath. If your cat is matting in the back, it's probably because s/he is too...um...fat...to reach it to groom that area properly. My cat was like that before The Diet. She's much slimmer now and can reach it better. A couple times a year, I use a Furminator to remove the long undercoat, but she takes care of all the rest of her own grooming.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I consider cats to be self grooming as well - and she IS too fat!!!

Honestly, this fat cat can hardly clean her own ass. They were super tiny cats until I had them fixed and then they porked out. I tried to feed them 'diet' cat food, but their fur looks horrible, and my old man cat is an outdoor and he's lost too much weight on it.
Originally Posted by iroc

I didn't use diet food for my cat's diet...I used LESS food. Once I found the right balance of dry and wet for her particular level of (in)activity, she lost the excess weight and has been at a consistent and trim weight for several years now. I know she wasn't happy being fat, even if she thinks she should get more to eat. She can move so much easier now that it's worth listening to any b1tching she might do at dinnertime.

It's pretty easy to put a dog or cat on a diet. I guarantee that you won't feel any hunger pangs.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I've always just left food out for my cats. If their bowl is empty at night, I just wait to feed them in the morning, but they always have food out.

There's 3 of them so I don't know how I'd go about feeding them at feeding times.

Charlie is outdoor, so he's fine, Betty is an okay size, its just fatty. Ya, we call her fatty.

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Last edited by iroc; 07-08-2012 at 09:57 PM.
Maybe put the food up high. If Fatty can't jump up, maybe she's too fat to eat. In that case, you can pick her up to eat only a certain amount and the other cats can eat from the endless supply.

I feed my cat 1/4 cup of dry and 1/6 of a can of wet per day. She only eats once a day, in the evening, and she finishes it all within a few minutes. It doesn't seem like a lot of food, but it's enough to keep her at a good weight. If I feed her more than that, she gains weight. I've tried to increase it a bit, but had to back off when she gained.

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