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Steph!!!!~
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posted 03-09-2003 02:15 PM           Edit/Delete Message
hi i'm steph,my 11 year old cat,Garfy has matted fur. it isn't all over him it is just parts on his back. can anyone give any advice to what i could do?

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Willow
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posted 03-09-2003 03:06 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Steph: I have a Persian. She hates to be brushed and as much as I've tried her hair does get matted. At one time, unbeknownst to me, the hair closest to her skin was so tangled it was pulling on her skin and hurting her. I took her to a groomer. They actually shaved all of her hair off expect her legs, face, and tail. I now call her my little Poosian. She looked just like a french poodle. She was not impressed. Too funny. In any case, the hair that was shaven from her body could have been made into a carpet. I recommend you have your cat shaven as well. After the second day your cat will thank you for it. We have Willow shaven twice a year. She's happy, there's no hair balls nor clumps of hair on the furniture. It's great.

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Mac
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posted 03-09-2003 08:40 PM           Edit/Delete Message
My 12 year old Calico one time came up with matted hair and I thought for sure she had some kind of wound it looked awful.

What I did was pull up the trash can grab her hair brush and started brushing. The matting came off little by little and the trash can was topped off with her fur I mean a lot of fur!

She loved every bit of the brushing but I still can't figure how it got matted.

This may help then again it may be a different remedy for your kitty but hope this works and if not like the last post take her to the groomer.

Good luck,

Mac

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Pauline
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posted 03-09-2003 09:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pauline     Edit/Delete Message
Hey Willow, I have Persians too!! Aren't they just wonderful?? These are high maintenance! LOL! Oh, and I believe you are referring to the "lion cut" of your Persian.

Stephanie, you can begin combing, this way, as a regular habit while watching tv and sitting on the floor with your cat. A little at a time, will yield great benefits to its fur. No rushing or pulling, just slow, methodical combing a little at a time, and before you know it, the mats will be gone. Unless of course you want to shave the cat. I don't shave my Persians, I do this ritual every weekend with them.

I keep my guys combed out with what is called a "greyhound" comb, a silver comb, that you do cats with. Brushing takes away all the underlying fur, so we don't brush Persians. I spritz my guys with 1/3 conditioner for hair, mixed with water in a spray bottle. I comb out the chest, head, behind ears, and chin. I put a grooming powder to keep them from yellowing, made of cornstarch and boric acid powder, half an half, on the chin and chest. The show people use this a lot too, and for eye stains. Dab on with a q-tip in eye "gutters". Careful of not getting into eyes, may cause ulcers.
I then lie them on one side, spritz, comb out a section, spritz, comb out another section, and this keeps them from "electricity" in the hair, keeps them fresh smelling, and mat free. They are used to it, and roll when they know I've reached the end and it's time for the other side and other half of tummy and inner legs and chest! As for shampoos, I really like the Mane shampoo at Walmart, in the horse dept, it leaves them so soft. You can put the grooming powder mix afterwards, in the armpits as well, to keep them from getting oily and matted. Follow with plenty of kisses! I also keep mine on Lufenuron, "Program", as Persians oftentimes if stressed, may have ringworm show up. God bless.

[This message has been edited by Pauline (edited 03-09-2003).]

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~steph!
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posted 03-14-2003 12:48 PM           Edit/Delete Message
yeah but if i shave garfy do they have to be shaved everywhere even if it is just on their back?

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Pauline
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posted 03-14-2003 11:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pauline     Edit/Delete Message
If the mats are just on the back, just comb them out. No need to shave if YOU really don't want to. I love my cats fully-coated, to be little fur balls! LOL! If you shaved them irregularly in just a few areas, it would look weird, let's face it....so, work on the mats and decide from there as to the future of the situation and preventing them. I think they look so cool though with that lion's cut, and it eases the mat worries, and to shave or not to shave is a personal decision of yours as owner. God bless.

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Cat Lover
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posted 08-18-2003 07:02 PM           Edit/Delete Message
What is it with some persian owners?

Honestly, if you are that worried about matted and tangled hair, why didn't you buy a short hair?

My friend recently had his beautiful persian open blade clipped on the entire body when the stomach was the only problem area and the poor thing now attacks any person in sight because it has been traumatised. And they have placed a home made jumper on it since it is winter here. This is doing more harm to the cat and distressing it even more.

Does a live fish like to be descaled? Think about it.

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fleafly
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posted 08-19-2003 10:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
I have a long haired cat who is a couple of years old. He never got matted fur until a couple of months ago. His were so bad that I had to have him shaved. He was a lot cooler for the summer too. I have had long haired cats in the past and as long as you catch the mats before they are too bad you can get them out yourself. But if they are out of control he might need to be shaved.

p.s. My vet shaved him for me. I couldn't find a groomer who would take cats.

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maxypoo
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posted 08-26-2003 07:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for maxypoo     Edit/Delete Message
ok-I don't have a persian, but I have 3 long haired cats and only 1 of them tolerates being brushed for a short period of time. But, it HAS TO BE DONE. You're the boss, right? It is your duty as their parent to do what's best for them, whether they like it or not. That doesn't mean FORCING them, but you can work up to a better grooming experience for you and your cats. There is lots of advice on the internet and books, even your vet can tell you, how to take little steps to get your cat to tolerate some important grooming. 2 of my cats hate it, but they eventually became resolved and tolerant when they realized I wasn't going to give up and let them have their way. Even when they would snap at me. I would simply stop at that moment and wait until they were in a good mood, relaxed, and try again (not more than two attempts in the same day, though or they feel stalked and don't trust you). Anyway, it really is important to brush your cats regularly. If you let them get mats, I'm sorry to say, you're neglecting their needs.

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