|Purred: Wed Feb 13, '13 10:22pm PST |
|I usually start with either the short tooth or the long tooth grooming rake unless there are big mats. When there are big mats I use the mat splitter to break them apart, then I either scissor them out - you have to be careful when using scissors on a cat, look where you're cutting, if you're scissoring close to the skin, only cut hair from small areas at a time because with a cat's loose delicate skin, it's easy to accidentally cut skin if you go too fast or try to scissor areas too large when cutting close to skin. With the Persian when I'm scissoring him, I first cut the hair so it's about an inch long, which can be done more rapidly and with cutting larger sections of hair at a time. Then after that longer cut, I go in and slowly carefully cut the hair shorter in areas such as under the tail, between the hindlegs, on the belly, the underarms, chest, and behind the ears. If I run into mats I switch to the splitter and split the mats first before scissoring them. It's just too easy to accidentally cut skin if you try to cut out big mats with scissors.
I also sometimes use a wide tooth metal comb that I used to use on my Collies, for the Persian, because the wide tooth comb is good for superficial detangling.
Everytime I finish a grooming session with the Persian-he hates being groomed-I say that a cat shouldn't have any more coat than it's able to groom by itself and if the cat is going to be long haired it should have along enough nose to groom itself! Another thing worth being aware of, cats such as Persians can often develop tremendous flea infestations without the owner even knowing it because the fleas hide in the coat, humans don't see the fleas, the fleas can run around under the mats undisturbed. When I used to help out in an emergency clinic, my cats were blood donors a few times for Persian type cats who came into the clinic dying of anemia from being literally bled to death by fleas and the owners were unaware of the massive flea infestation because the owners couldn't see the fleas under the coat.
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