Anyway, this is the story about a middle aged domestic shorthair that came in for his first grooming a couple of months ago. His owner had stopped by for our Open House and we got to talking. She told me her cat had never been groomed, she'd never really thought about it. But, come to think of it, he did seem to shed a lot, and she didn't really like that, but it's part of having a cat, right?
so very worried!
Again, I can't recall this cat's name, but he was very sweet and very nervous about new things. Everything that we did was scary. On the table for a nail trim? ::worry:: Walk over to the tub? ::worry:: Turn on the water and lather up? ::worry:: It was really cute, mainly because of how expressive he was. Just look at his face!
kinda icky and needing a bath
What I loved most about this cat is that no matter how worried he was, once things happened, he relaxed and accepted them. Sure, he was concerned about me touching his feet, but once he realized it was just a nail trim and nothing bad was happening, he calmed right down and even offered me his paws, one at a time. Turning on the water and getting wet seemed scary at first, but after a minute he started to enjoy being shampooed. A very rational cat! I love it.
hair removed with my hands prior to bathing
The above picture is the amount of hair I removed from him before grooming him. I just ran my hands over his coat - no combing or brushing. Yep! I'd say he has a shedding problem! That's a lot of hair to be sitting on the surface of a cat - and that's the hair that's getting all over the house. Yuck. I was impressed, and took a picture to show his mom.
Now, despite how very worried this cat was for each step of the grooming process, there was one thing that he loved. Loved from the minute I started and never had any conern over. And that was the deshedding tool. It's hooked to my vac system, and though it's fairly quiet, I figured he'd worry over it at first, like he had everything else. I was wrong.
things that are hard to do:
taking a picture of a cat headbutting
a Rake 'n Vac
While using said tool
I <3 you!
It was really hard to get a picture of him doing it, but he adored the Rake 'n Vac. He headbutted it, rubbed up against it, flopped on his side and purred. It was so cute! Since it was the final part of his groom, we got to end on a good note. He got to go home to his owner, who was thrilled at how well her worried little cat had done and was surprised to hear how much he loved his shedding treatment!
I was never *really* worried!