|Purred: Sat Jun 6, '09 4:58pm PST |
|I use the Furminator on Spike, who is my only short haired cat. Oddly enough, it seems like he sheds more than my Maine Coons do--he certainly seems to have a denser undercoat. But the Furminator does damage the guard hairs to a certain degree, so it's not suitable for a show cat. The Zoom Groom, however, is popular with all my cats, and takes away the dead fur/undercoat very effectively without damaging the rest of the fur. Khina's advice about putting cold water in bottles is good--when I've taken Harvey to an out of town cat show, I've put in bottles with cold water to keep him cool in his carrier. Also, in Japan at least, they sell metal "plates" that are large enough for a cat to lie on--apparently, the metal keeps them cool. My cats are not very enthusiatic about them, but if you have them where you live, you could try buying one. In any event, I keep my AC on almost all year--Tokyo has a semi-tropical climate, and Maine Coon lore says that you should keep your cattery as cold as possible, not just for the cat's comfort, but to keep their fur in tiptop condition even during the summer months. Since I myself am one of those people who can't stand heat, this suits me just fine. Maybe you could invest in a cheap AC?
Finally, a comment regarding long haired cats. This is not directed at you specifically, but rather at people who go to a shelter and fall in love with a long haired cat. Long haired cats do need more maintenance than short hairs--they need regular grooming (a metal comb is best) and the occasional bath. Some people don't seem to realize that the pretty white Persian they have just adopted will look pretty ragged unless groomed regularly. I only have Maine Coons, for whom the breed standard calls for "silky but shaggy" fur, and they don't get mats. Through the cat show grapevine, I get the impression that different long hair breeds (Persians, Norwegian Forest Cats, etc.) have different fur characteristics. My Maine Coon crew have silky fur that doesn't mat, but I've visited MC catteries where the cats who weren't currently being shown looked pretty unkempt.
In conclusion, I'd agree with the other posters and try to find another way to keep your cat cool without shaving.
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