|Purred: Fri Oct 17, '08 1:17pm PST |
|Oooo icky mats! I know all about those things!
I used to hate our brushing sessions. My Staffwoman tried all kinds of brushes and combs, even one called a "MatBreaker" that had curved teeth with razor sharp edges. Hated it! I must admit I often lost my royal composure with my Staffwoman, and our brushing sessions were terribly traumatizing for both of us.
Finally, My Staffwoman found a brush with flattened tips that does wonders for my coat. I believe she actually found it in the *eh-hem* d-o-g section of the pet store. I actually enjoy our brushing sessions now. But it wasn't always that way!
Now, your situation seems to require a bit of delicacy. I would say for the time being, wait until the poor stray is more comfortable with being touched and handled. Then, your mom may be able to do what my Staffwoman did when my mats were out of control; take some blunt-nosed scissors (child paper scissors work well) and carefully remove the mats. Go slow, and take one at a time. If any are particularly large, snip into it bit by bit until it breaks apart.
When the mats are gone it will make brushing more of a pleasure, and something to look forward to. It's important to become comfortable with brushing so the mats don't reoccur.
My Staffwoman lets me familiarize myself with the brush a bit before she starts in on me. I like to rub my cheeks on it while she holds it for me. Then she takes it lightly down my back, as if she's petting me. She slowly works in stronger strokes, and eventually she has me lay on my side while she gives me the full treatment. It took us a while to work out this routine, but I'm a much happier Princess for it.