Cat care involves the grooming of your cats coat. Problems can arise affecting
your cats health if regular grooming is not done, especially in Persians
and long haired breeds. Here at Lords 'n' Ladies Specialist Cat Grooming
Salon we have the answers.
I have a Seal Point Persian. I try to brush it out as often as I can,
but it still mats and tangles. Why?
Your cat is long haired comprising of two types of coat, the undercoat and
top coat. When it sheds its fur, usually the undercoat first, it does not
"drop out" like the coat of a dog, but remains underneath the top coat. This
causes the problem of mats and tangles. Ideally your cat should be groomed
on a daily basis, tackling the undercoat with specialist grooming aids. However,
because of peoples modern hectic daily life styles this option proves impractical
to keep up. Lords 'n' Ladies can groom out the coat regularly every three
to four months, using the correct tools for the job stripping out the undercoat
that causes the problem.
I have a British Short Haired, but it gets matted clumps all over its
body. Why should this happen when it cleans itself daily?
Short haired cats can also get the problem of matting for various reasons.
a) The cat may be getting on in years and its daily cleaning may not be as
rigorous as in its younger days, not being able to reach those hard to get
b) Or perhaps its been rolling around oily areas, grease and oil do not do
the cats coat a service.
c) Also cats can have teeth and/or mouth infections, and when cleaning themselves
salivate a sticky substance on to their fur causing it to clump and mat.
I have a long haired cat whose coat gets into such a state. It is so badly
matted that normal grooming is impossible. I have to take her to the vets,
who anaesthetizes her and shaves off all the fur on her body. Is there an
alternative to this risky treatment?
Yes. You need a trained cat groomer who specializes in clipping down cats
coats, without requiring sedation of any kind. Lords 'n' Ladies can clip
down your cats coat if necessary. However, if the fur can be teasled
out and saved from being clipped down, then that is the first option used.
Most badly matted coats CAN be saved without having to resort to clipping.
Always make sure that your cat groomer is vet recommended. Do not
go to just anyone. Not everybody knows the art and correct way of
grooming a cat, and you may end up with a traumatized feline!!! Expert handling
techniques are a vital part of this procedure.
I put my Chinchilla Persian in the bath and ended up with a big ball of
matted fur. Now I cannot do a thing with his coat. What did I do wrong?
Firstly you must never bath a cat unless it has first been pre-groomed,
especially long haireds. Any knots and tangles will only tighten up when
put into water, making the fur totally unmanageable. Also there really is
no need to bath a cat, if the coat has been thoroughly and correctly groomed
the natural oils in the cats coat will always give it a shiny lustre.
(Exceptions to this rule are when the cat has bad flea infestation or there
is a skin condition requiring medical shampoo treatments recommended by the
vet). We actually "groom clean" cats coats with outstanding results. It takes
a great deal of time and effort but the final outcome is well worth it. No
need for unnecessary bathing and drying procedures for your cat!
My cat is pretty aggressive when it comes to being groomed. In fact it
ends up a battle of wills where my cat wins and I end up being defeated.
Could my cat still be groomed by someone else?
Yes. A cat is a crafty little creature and knows your personality well. But
when you hand him over to a trained cat groomer, proficient in the correct
handling techniques required to groom him, he will feel safe, secure and
reassured enough to allow thorough grooming to take place. It's not only
the tools used for grooming that are important, but also the way a cat is
handled for grooming that is essential. Here at Lords 'n' Ladies we are big
softies with hearts of gold. But don't let your cat know this!!! Let's keep
My Bi-Colour Blue Persian has mats on the top of its body. Can I use scissors
to cut them out?
No. Never use scissors, blades or any other type of sharp tools on
your cats fur. It can cause serious injury to your cat should you get it
wrong. Also the fur will be harder to groom out being short in some places
and longer in others. We have seen some real disasters where owners and even
other groomers have used lethal tools like these. A skilled person in grooming
cats has no need for these sort of implements!
My cat suffers from fleas, especially in the summertime. What can I do
to get rid of them?
There are several good brands on the market. Your local vet can recommend
the best treatments. Here at Lords 'n' Ladies we provide a flea tracker service
using fine toothed combs and anti flea powders. For a longer term solution
we always recommend our clients use Frontline for cats, in our opinion
the best treatment on the market for those unwanted pests!
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