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I have feline herpes, it safe for me to visit the groomers?

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Amber

Georgian Blue
 
 
Purred: Sat Dec 1, '12 10:00am PST 
As a professional cat groomer, I will not groom cats with feline herpes, as it is so easily spread to other cats. Is Flossie receiving eye drops? How often do you wash her bedding? She should be receiving eye drops daily and her bedding should be washed weekly. It is best to get an automatic litter box, so no waste stays in there for very long. If you are going to be in contact with any other cats, change your clothes, as the virus is shed onto human clothing. You should also wash your hands thoroughly before coming into contact with another cat. Make sure to wash Flossie's food and water bowls at least once a week. A diet of canned food is best, as cats with feline herpes often have a sensitive throat. Keep an eye on the discharge, as she will probably need her nose wiped often.
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Flossie!

40% fur 60%- attitude
 
 
Purred: Tue Dec 25, '12 12:42am PST 
Thanks for your advice Amber! Flossie was on antiviral eye drops for a while after her first infection. We (the vet and I) had a good 6 months of trying various things on her eye, and in the end, we found a solution that worked best and didn't involve the eye drops- once I took her off the drops she stopped squinting. Her bedding is my bedding, and since I am also alergic to her, this gets changed and sterilized every other day. Her litter box is the thing she is most sensitive to, if I don't scoop it twice a day she gets cranky, and of course, cranky makes the eyes worse. I'm not so much worried about her eyes at this point (because they are generally good) as I am about making other cats sick, and still keeping her coat as comfortable as possible. I do bleach my hands when I go to my mom's for visits, and change into Flossie free clothes so that I don't get her Oscar sick.

I recently took Flossie to a special kitty vet who gave me some advice on how to keep her fur nice- aside from being some kind of Himmy cross, we also live in Edmonton Alberta, where it can be -20 degrees celcius for up to 6 months per year, so even though she is an indoor only gal, the static is just crazy, and keeps every shed underhair right in there tight. I feel so sorry for her, we condition, we brush, rake the undercoat, but I still come home from work every day to find a new matt frown. Do you know if there are special groomers who will help with a herpes kitty? Do you know of any resources for an owner to learn grooming? Thanks again for your help Amber, Flossie is very healthy now overall, I just need help with this grooming.
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Mac's Cat

I am what is- called, a- recycled Cat!
 
 
Purred: Thu Dec 27, '12 8:23pm PST 
As a former Groomer, Meowma would have to agree with what was said above. She used to do mobile grooming. But in your house. So that was not much of a problem for her, as she would only do these kind of cats on one day and then clean, clean clean and change EVERYTHING!! There are 3 other cats that live with me. Meowma loves to recommend and uses this, http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11532065&f=PAD%2 FpsNotAvailInUS%2FNo
This one is from Petsmart.com .
"This de-shedding tool is specially designed to glide deep into your pet's undercoat to reduce shedding by up to 90%. Your pet will love the soothing massage as you safely remove loose fur.

This ShedMonster Professional De-Shedding Tool is an ideal solution to control your pet's shedding. The specially designed edges glide deep into your pet's undercoat to reduce shedding by up to 90%. The tool removes mats and tangles from your pet's coat and provides a soothing massage your pet will love.

Safely removes fur from dogs and cats
Removes mats and tangles
Provides a soothing massage for your pet
Specially designed edges glide deep into undercoat to reduce shedding by up to 90%
Won't rip or irritate your pet's skin
Available in short hair design (for cats and dogs with shorter hair) and long hair design (for most dogs)" This one is $19.00

There are other ones at the stores also. Just take a look at them. They are small blades, that cut through the fur and help with matting and shedding. We have a green one from Patsupermarket. It was about $14.00 dollars. This is what Petsupermarkes said",Designed for full body grooming, Magic Coat Total Body Pro de-Matting tool prevents mat formations before they occur by removing loose, dead mat-causing hair. The stainless steel blades gently and easily detangle matted hair. Once a week use will keep your pet’s coat tangle free, mat-free, and beautifully groomed. The tool’s contour shape and rubberized handle provides a firm comfortable grip. Four Paws, Magic Coat, De-Matting Tool." The green one is what Meowma uses on me. Just please be VERY CAREFUL, under arm pits, as the loose and thin skin is VERY EASY to cut!
But if you brush with one of these ever week, there should be no mats at all and it will help to thin out the fur . Without looking too chopped!Best of luck and everything is always returnable, if you are not happy with it, at all of the stores. Now Meowma is a part time Pet Nutrition Specialist for The Nutro Company. She does those in store demos , and takes to a lot of cool people and gets to see a lot of great fur friends and family!
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Mac's Cat

I am what is- called, a- recycled Cat!
 
 
Purred: Thu Dec 27, '12 9:24pm PST 
As a former Groomer, Meowma would have to agree with what was said above. She used to do mobile grooming. But in your house. So that was not much of a problem for her, as she would only do these kind of cats on one day and then clean, clean clean and change EVERYTHING!! There are 3 other cats that live with me. Meowma loves to recommend and uses this, http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11532065&f=PAD%2 FpsNotAvailInUS%2FNo
This one is from Petsmart.com .
"This de-shedding tool is specially designed to glide deep into your pet's undercoat to reduce shedding by up to 90%. Your pet will love the soothing massage as you safely remove loose fur.

This ShedMonster Professional De-Shedding Tool is an ideal solution to control your pet's shedding. The specially designed edges glide deep into your pet's undercoat to reduce shedding by up to 90%. The tool removes mats and tangles from your pet's coat and provides a soothing massage your pet will love.

Safely removes fur from dogs and cats
Removes mats and tangles
Provides a soothing massage for your pet
Specially designed edges glide deep into undercoat to reduce shedding by up to 90%
Won't rip or irritate your pet's skin
Available in short hair design (for cats and dogs with shorter hair) and long hair design (for most dogs)" This one is $19.00

There are other ones at the stores also. Just take a look at them. They are small blades, that cut through the fur and help with matting and shedding. We have a green one from Patsupermarket. It was about $14.00 dollars. This is what Petsupermarkes said",Designed for full body grooming, Magic Coat Total Body Pro de-Matting tool prevents mat formations before they occur by removing loose, dead mat-causing hair. The stainless steel blades gently and easily detangle matted hair. Once a week use will keep your pet’s coat tangle free, mat-free, and beautifully groomed. The tool’s contour shape and rubberized handle provides a firm comfortable grip. Four Paws, Magic Coat, De-Matting Tool." The green one is what Meowma uses on me. Just please be VERY CAREFUL, under arm pits, as the loose and thin skin is VERY EASY to cut!
But if you brush with one of these ever week, there should be no mats at all and it will help to thin out the fur . Without looking too chopped!Best of luck and everything is always returnable, if you are not happy with it, at all of the stores. Now Meowma is a part time Pet Nutrition Specialist for The Nutro Company. She does those in store demos , and takes to a lot of cool people and gets to see a lot of great fur friends and family!
cat on moon
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