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    I only groom my own cat, and only because she sheds kittens every day and tries to kill me (literally... she goes for my throat O.o) when I try to brush her in any way. I figured that shaving her down every once in a while was better than facing death while brushing her every day (which is how much I'd have to brush her to keep shedding low).

    She has to be sedated when I groom her, but this last time it didn't seem to be working as well, she was just a little tipsy, and was very angry overall with the whole process... Is it possible to build up a resistance to sedatives? She's only been sedated 3 times including this time.

    Anyways, here are the before and after pics. I'm considering offering cat grooming to a limited clientele with modestly behaved cats, so I'd really appreciated any advice, though keep in mind this clip was done on a very angry kitty....

    I used a #7 backwards, and didn't bathe her considering her behavior.
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  • #2
    That looks so nice.

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    • #3
      I never use anything longer than a 10 on a cat. Their skin is so thin I would be afraid I'd nick 'em with a #7.

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      • #4
        Nice looking kitty groom.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Doubledogdare View Post
          I never use anything longer than a 10 on a cat. Their skin is so thin I would be afraid I'd nick 'em with a #7.
          I agree, I just did my sisters cat with a #10 against (I would never go that short on a client) he looks AMAZING. "Bentley" is black, and white his marking looks tattooed on him, and he looks and feels great.

          I was always taught to use a #10 on kitties for the same reason Doubledog mentioned.
          If you sweat the small stuff, all you have is small soggy stuff.....

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          • #6
            Holy Guacamole….try a #10 WITH THE GRAIN…….then may be kitty won’t be so p*ssed off with you, (brushing/cutting hair against the grain can be an irritant, especially to cats due to their thin sensitive skin). Also by using a Wahl Bravura clipper, my kitty clients don’t even react to the noise because it is soooooo quiet. I love your Lion cut, you did a really nice job on a not so sedated feline !!

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            • #7
              Great groom.
              I don't groom cats but when I was learning and working for someone else I was told to use a 10 blade also. For the same reasons that have been mentioned.
              "There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."
              Diane

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              • #8
                Thanks everyone. I have used a 10 previously, but read on the forums here (it was a while ago so I don't remember who it was by) that someone who grooms cats said to use a 7F backwards to get a more plush and smooth cut. I always noticed with the 10 blade the finish wasn't very smooth and left a lot of blade marks. The 7 didn't do that, and I'd imagine it would be even more smooth if she was sedated more and I was able to dry and blow her out.

                A 10 against the grain I would think would be WAY too short, is there any fur left?

                Autumn

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                • #9
                  I use 10 against the grain. much safer. much smoother.

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                  • #10
                    Oh yeah there is hair left and it looks awesome. I only do it to my sisters cat, and one I used to own. Soft, smooth, no marks, the pigment under the hair looks so nice. Like I said I don't do it to customers cats, I just have never asked, next cat I will
                    If you sweat the small stuff, all you have is small soggy stuff.....

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                    • #11
                      Very lovely groom.

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                      • #12
                        I actually really like a 30 with the grain on a cat, especially a very matted one. It leaves a nice smooth finish. Yes, some animals do get resistant to the sedative drugs. We usually use ketamine in the mix so that even if they are not quite asleep, they cant move.

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                        • #13
                          I have been known to use a 7f WITH and against the grain on some cats, but never on naughty ones. Only well mannered ones. One false move and nick city. Nicks turn into rips, which turn into vet bills. NOW that being said, I do many cats with 4Fs and 5Fs because the chance of nicking is less. I even use snap ons on some of the ones I do....I am selective. The cats must come regularly, must be well mannered and must NOT trigger my allergies. I do about 15 currently, all on good schedules. I try to schedule them all in the same week to minimize the meds I have to take to groom them. I am seriously considering changing my plans to take more cats, but again, same rules apply.
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                          • #14
                            I've never knicked a cat with a 7F. I have caught nipples with a 10 though, many years ago. I use any length blade pretty much and do snap on combs as well, but when I started doing cats I would only use a 10 until I was more familliar with cat grooming and had built up my confidence with them. People love my plush cuts with a #2 comb!
                            What a caterpillar considers the end of his world, we call a butterfly.

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                            • #15
                              Looks good! I sue my Wahl Chromado's on my cat shaves.. if they want longer I start with a #5.. But not only do I like the smooth cut the Walhs give but they are quiet and less bulky and the cats seem to do better with them

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