|Purred: Tue Mar 30, '10 7:44pm PST |
|Meoki was TERRIBLE to groom when I first got her. She had to be completely shaven as she had fur "wings" off her body at least 8 inches out. What worked for us was shaving her completely, and then I gave her two days with the grooming tools out next to the treats. The next day, when she was letting me pet her, I'd casually pick one up, but I wouldn't use it on her. We did this for probably about 3 more days. Eventually, I found out that she really LOVES getting her face scratched. So, I started using the greyhound comb just on her cheeks. At first, she was a little put off, but she quickly warmed up. She LOVES getting her face brushed now. I'll do two or three swiped on her cheeks, and then gently do her back. Every day, I'd start with her face, then slowly move to another body part. It's been about 8 months, and I still don't groom her in one fell swoop, but every 2 days I probably hit her whole body. The trick is when we were first starting whenever she was uncomfortable, I'd either move back to her face where she loved it or sooth her, give her a treat and be done for the day. This way, grooming was never scary. I brushed her everyday when didn't have hair, just to keep her going and used to it, it worked!
As for eyes: it's something we just had to do! I did it completely separate from the brushing. I'd brush her in the morning, eyes at night, or vice versa. With her eyes, I'd slowly get a bowl and fill it with warm water and then some cotton balls. When everything is ready, I grab Meoki and gently put her on my lap. She is used to it, but if you put a hand on her chest beneath her head, she feels like she can't escape. So, I leave on hand there and with the other hand I give her the "spa" treatment. I dunk a cottonball and gently put it on an eye. Then, I wipe it off and repeat with as many cottonballs as necessary. At first, we did this every 3 or so days. Now, we do it everyday, it's no big deal, and she gets treats. She doesn't like it, but it really is ok. Just don't use the same cottonball twice or double dunk, because then it will potentially contaminate the eyes with bacteria, and you want the gunk gone, not spread around. Feel free to comment on Meoki's profile with any questions or if you need more advice. Persians are a lovely animal, but the adjustment period for both of you can be extreme! Best of luck.
Tools you need for her grooming:
Greyhound comb or similar steel comb with wide teeth
I use a undercoat rake
Many, many cottonballs (about 4 per cleaning session)
If you do get mats after she's been groomed, let me know.
DO NOT USE:
slicker brush, it just rips out the fur and mats get worse
(we can't use the furminator, it hurt her delicate skin)
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