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    I have an (I think) 8 year old long haired cat that I've taken in (6 months of feeding outside, and now will come inside). I took her to the vet last week and got her shots. I've made a mobile grooming appointment to have her shampooed and clipped/shaved. I've just learned about these pelts you write about, and I don't know if she has them. I can brush her down her back and around her chest and neck, but she won't let me brush her sides or rear end. She does have mats that I've tried to carefully cut out. My question is: do you think it would be better for me to keep her mobile groomer appointment, or should I take her to a vet who will shave her down while she's sedated? I don't want her to be traumatized and she's skittish. This is just my 2nd cat and my first one was short haired, so I'm really clueless about how to best care for her.
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    No need to sedate a cat who doesn't mind being groomed. Depends how kitty reacts. Hard to know until the groomer tries to do it. Sometimes cats act very differently with a groomer than they do with an owner.
    Mostly, you want a groomer who has groomed cats before and knows how to handle them. Dog grooming & cat grooming are separate skills.
    As for trauma, that's more of a human idea. I've found that cats bounce back, even if they're really annoyed by grooming, as long as the owner doesn't treat them like a victim.

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    • #3
      Emma is right, let the experienced groomer evaluate. Wish you the best.

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      • #4
        Can't see the photo yet. But it really depends on the groomer and their skill set when it comes to cats. If you are that concerned, I would checkout the NCGIA (http://nationalcatgroomers.com/train...aster-groomers) and see if there is a certified groomer in your area that can help you.

        I love grooming cats and you would be surprised how well your cat might respond to a confident and well trained cat groomer.

        Scott

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        • #5
          It is hard to tell without feeling the cat, but in the photo, she doesn't look that bad, I would keep the grooming appointment if I were you, especially if the groomer has lots of experience in grooming cats. A CFMG would of course be the best groomer for your new kitty, but I know we are few and far between.

          Sedation at the Vet has its own risks, I had someone call today that had her cat groomed at the last Vet I worked for. I had groomed the cat with no problems when I was still grooming for her. Since I no longer groom there, most cats are automatically sedated for grooming. The owner said that after the cat was sedated for grooming at the Vet, he developed a kind of Bell's Palsy and had to be treated for some time afterward. The cat has since recovered completely, but the owner is now understandably leery of having him sedated again. The Vet clinic gave her my contact info for future grooming and I have him on my schedule for Monday.

          Your new kitty is very pretty and a good cat groomer can make her even more beautiful. I hope things go well at her appointment.

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          • #6
            Just curious as to why you would shave such a beautiful cat. I understand it's not my cat but she is very pretty and their fur protects them

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Aristocats View Post
              It is hard to tell without feeling the cat, but in the photo, she doesn't look that bad, I would keep the grooming appointment if I were you, especially if the groomer has lots of experience in grooming cats. A CFMG would of course be the best groomer for your new kitty, but I know we are few and far between.

              Sedation at the Vet has its own risks, I had someone call today that had her cat groomed at the last Vet I worked for. I had groomed the cat with no problems when I was still grooming for her. Since I no longer groom there, most cats are automatically sedated for grooming. The owner said that after the cat was sedated for grooming at the Vet, he developed a kind of Bell's Palsy and had to be treated for some time afterward. The cat has since recovered completely, but the owner is now understandably leery of having him sedated again. The Vet clinic gave her my contact info for future grooming and I have him on my schedule for Monday.

              Your new kitty is very pretty and a good cat groomer can make her even more beautiful. I hope things go well at her appointment.
              Agree with Emma too, that it may take some time to call around, but if you are lucky enough to find a cat specialist groomer in your area, that would be awesome. There are more and more of them, maybe fingers crossed there is one.

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