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    Are there any videos or photos of groomers using conditioner and an HV to blow out the mats from the groin and inner rear legs of a matted cat such as a Persian? I worked on a slim Persian with mats in that area. The cat had already been sent to a vet clinic twice by previous groomers due to cutting the skin, and one of the injuries was severe enough to result in a vet bill of over $1,000.
    Took me over an hour to do the groin and rear legs. The cat was an 11 year old flat-face. Owner was concerned about risk of sedation, so the kitty was not medicated. Cat bucking and flipping around, so had to give breaks, then start again, only had about a minute before the cat would start fighting the grooming again.
    Succeeded in getting all the big mats and some of the tiny ones, but there has to be a better way. I want to learn more about using the HV and conditioner to blow out mats in the very thin-skinned sensitive areas of cats.

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    Have the owner hold the cat up, leaving the back feet on the table. Using a #40 blade (I always use a Bravura), pull the skin tight and slowly groom this area. You might also need a second person just to hold the back legs tight so he doesn't lift the legs and scratch you. You shouldn't use any type of conditioner on a cat, since their fur is so oily to begin with. Always use the lowest setting, (no nozzle) on your HV, and make sure there is no heat. A lot of times, I tell the owner that the head/face probably won't be dried with the dryer, so the cat doesn't freak out too much.

    Happy not using conditioner

    Dolly's Barking Bubbles, LLC

    www.dollysbarkingbubbles.com

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    • #3
      Hi Dolly. This is similar to what I wound up doing, after a lot of trial and error. One of the owners held the kitty under the armpits while I worked on the lower belly, groin and inside rear legs.
      You suggest a #40 instead of a #10? Is that a better and safer way to get under mats that are tight up against the skin?
      Thank you.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Emma123 View Post
        Hi Dolly. This is similar to what I wound up doing, after a lot of trial and error. One of the owners held the kitty under the armpits while I worked on the lower belly, groin and inside rear legs.
        You suggest a #40 instead of a #10? Is that a better and safer way to get under mats that are tight up against the skin?
        Thank you.
        Yes, a #40 is like a "surgery" blade......very close to skin. When matts are so close to the skin, a #10 sometimes just doesn't do the job. You can try a #15, then a #30, and if they don't work, then I rely on the #40. Usually I can get those tiny matts with a #15 or #30, but I have had to go with a #40 on a couple of times.

        Good Luck

        Happy owning a Bravura

        Dolly's Barking Bubbles, LLC

        www.dollysbarkingbubbles.com

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