|Purred: Fri Jun 11, '10 1:39pm PST |
|New discovery! I didn't have time to go to the store today to buy a letter opener, so I used a seam ripper instead. You know, those tiny but sharp pronged things that people who sew use to remove threads, etc. Poor Radcliffe had a few mats that were about the size of quail eggs, and I managed to cut off the very, very top of the mat, then divide it with the seam ripper. Then, I used a very wide-toothed Greyhound comb to get out the dead hair. She still needs a bit more work on that area, but she put up with five minutes of what must have been a frightening and painful experience without a single whimper. Well, now I know that my brown/brown and white tabbies need more grooming than my reds and my torties, for whatever reason.
Don't forget (as I did with Elise) that when you pull up a mat, the skin comes up with it. You may think you're only cutting out the mat, but Elise and I are living proof that you can cut poor Kitty's skin even when sure you're just cutting the mat. Do be careful. Very careful. A trip to the vet is no fun, for human or cat.
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