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    Occasionally I will get a request for a feline fur trim, not a shave. As I do house call, I don't carry a clipper vac. I've been reluctant to try to do a trim because I'm afraid I'll disappoint the owner. I don't know how to trim the fur so it looks even. I'd like to be able to do a teddy bear sort of fur trim. I did a trim a few times using ball-tip scissors. The fur looked choppy.
    What do you use to do a fur trim? How long does it take you? (My other concern is that I will be there forever trying to even out the fur if I do a fur trim.) Was the owner happy?

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    Uggg I do not like doing kitty comb clips without my hair vac!! It still looks uneven.. I beat myself up over them every time. Though my one long comb clip isn't the most well behaved, nice but wiggly. And she is awesome for bath and dry.

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    • #3
      When I was going to the NCGIA school......they showed a "fur trim" on a cat, and it came out so ugly, so choppy, so undesirable and that I was surprised that the school actually introduced that option to us. I would tell the owners that it will not be conducive to their liking and leave it at that.

      Happy not trimming a cat

      Dolly's Barking Bubbles, LLC

      www.dollysbarkingbubbles.com

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      • #4
        I've avoided it at all costs, but did do ONE recently.

        It was a cat that I have been bathing regularly for about a year, but the owner has problems keeping up with the coat (Persian), and showed me a picture of the clip-comb-length that the cat used to get in Brazil, before she moved here. He looked amazing, and I was afraid. I warned her that it could turn out choppy (and I'd never done one before!) It ended up better than I thought it would be. Usually when people ask for "just a trim" on a cat, I'll clip-comb the chest, belly, butt, sometimes skim the sides, and scissor the feet.

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        • #5
          I always use my clipper vac at my shop, but when I worked at a Vet clinic, I did do a couple of cats with a 7F cat blade with the grain. It will give a clip approximately equivalent to a 1/2 or 5/8 comb cut. Of course it is much less smooth than using a clipper vac and I didn't particularly like doing them, but the owner was always happy. Do it after the bath, or if you do it before bath, do a touch up after the bath and blow dry. It is much easier if the client will let you do a regular underside shave, or at least a #10 with the grain on the underside since a # 7F shouldn't be used on arm pits or groins.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Aristocats View Post
            I always use my clipper vac at my shop, but when I worked at a Vet clinic, I did do a couple of cats with a 7F cat blade with the grain. It will give a clip approximately equivalent to a 1/2 or 5/8 comb cut. Of course it is much less smooth than using a clipper vac and I didn't particularly like doing them, but the owner was always happy. Do it after the bath, or if you do it before bath, do a touch up after the bath and blow dry. It is much easier if the client will let you do a regular underside shave, or at least a #10 with the grain on the underside since a # 7F shouldn't be used on arm pits or groins.
            Interesting. Before and then touchup, makes sense.

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            • #7
              I am glad to hear you use Clipper Vac with cats. I had a cat groomer once say the house and sound scared cats? Seemed possible, but odd.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 10muddypaws View Post
                I am glad to hear you use Clipper Vac with cats. I had a cat groomer once say the house and sound scared cats? Seemed possible, but odd.
                Yes, I use it almost every day. Today I did a 1/2 inch all over comb cut (what I call a Plushie) using the clipper vac. Yesterday I did two Plushies, and one of the lion cuts wanted a shortened mane and blended head which is much easier to do using the clipper vac and comb attachments.

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