RESPECT The- Star!
|Purred: Sat Jun 6, '09 5:58am PST |
|I agree with Adonis.
LH cats should not be shaved unless there is a medical reason. Their fur
insulates them from the heat, just as closing the windows and drapes in
the summer, keeps it cooler in the house.
Mine are LH, and show cats, so they cannot be shaved, and they do not
get matts. If a cat is getting alot of matts, I would look at the diet, and
if the cat is properly grooming himself. An overweight or older cat or
sick cat would not groom themselves properly, thus matts. LH cats
also need to be combed everyday, especially the prob areas, under their
arms, between their back legs, and the bushy part of their back legs.
Sometimes the fur is overly greasy, so the cat needs to have a bath on
occassion, greasy fur will create matts.
And learned this, because one of my friends shaved her LH cat, and it does
get hot in the summer, but also very cold in the winter, it takes a good
3 months, for the fur to grow out, so the cat is not cold in the winter.
I highly recommend you do not shave the cat. Your looking at alot of
maintence. And if you choose to go this route, it must be done properly.
You have to wash the cat first, then use a good quality clipper, like the
Oyster golden A5's, which are expensive, and you have to be very
careful not to nick the cat. You have to have clippers that you can easily
change the blade, you have to know which blade to use, the higher the #,
the closer the cut, 40 is surgical, you have to constantly stop and brush
the hairs out of the blade, take the blade off and brush the hairs out of
the moving parts, spray the blades, and wash the blades, which is why
groomers charge so much, and you have to have a very patient cat.
I have show horses and just clipping them for a show, is a major project,
and that is not even a body clip. I don't body clip my horse, she is a
palomino, ya don't body clip a palomino, but some show people do
body clip, but they know what they are doing. It is a constant change of
blankets, weight types and hoods, depending on the weather, it is alot,
alot of maintence.
Best of luck, whatever you decide.