|Purred: Wed Mar 24, '10 7:19am PST |
|Misty's advice is great, but it doesn't work if you are not dealing with the easily bribed cat. I got my Gracie used to trimming her nails by bribery (she loves to be brushed, so that's never been a problem), and she puts up with it fine, but with Boris bribing never worked for anything. We've tried bribing when he comes home from the vet, when his nails need to be trimmed, and when grooming him.
So far the only thing we've overcome is brushing (he now sits still on the floor and will let me brush him for a good five minutes, i.e., longer than even necessary), and the zoom groom has become invaluable for that. All he needs to do is see it, and he's all like "mommy, I'm ready for my grooming". Like Isabelle said, to them it feels more like a massage than anything to them (mine purr while I brush, which is a stark contrast from the days of Boris trying to bite the brush and my hand along with it). If you can get your cats to accept the zoom groom, you could later see if you can expose them to a furminator: Gracie loves the furminator even more, and even Boris will tolerate a few strokes if I alternate them with the use of a zoom groom .
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