RESPECT The- Star!
|Purred: Sat May 22, '10 6:48am PST |
|My oh my, what an awesome picture of Santana!!
And congrats on the Smoke title!!
Santana is a perfect example, that the reason for the matts in the first place, can be eliminated, as Julian explained.
LH show cats, cannot have matts, they cannot just shave or cut them out, man oh man, the judges would spot that in a NY minute, mol.
If a LH kitty is getting matts, we have to figure out why he is getting the matts in the first place.
If it is on the back, kinda near the tail, that is usually an indication, the kitty cannot groom himself properly, due to illness or being overweight. It could also be as Santana suggested, the coat is too greasy, which one of those reasons, is due to poor diet. Also, the fur under their underarms and on their tummys and between their back legs, is usually on the fine side, and if the coat is greasy, a small matt, that Santana described, and can be easily pulled apart, is now a huge mess.
Mine only get a bath when they have a show, but they are combed out and checked for matts dailey, especially, under their underarms, tummys and back legs.
They also learned to be groomed as 8 week old kittens, as most show kitties are, so they just are used to it, and know the routine and just accept it. I taught mine by starting out with a soft human baby brush. Put them on the grooming table, a lick or so of baby food, a few brush strokes, pets, kisses, telling them this is a goody thingy, one more baby food lick, bam they are done. Keep the lessons short, start positive, so they know its a good thing, end positive, so they did not have a bad experience.
Over time, you just increase the time you brush them, and they learn, slowly, they stay there until you let them go. The real fun starts, when you graduate to teaching them baths and blow drying, mol, mol, mol.