(picture...)Grooming cats...polite hypothesis?
My cat has been looking pretty shabby lately, she gives herself baths religiously but the entry is she will not let me brush her, she'll start to bite and run off if I try. So, I figure I could take her to a professional groomer because they know what they're doing. Is this traumatic for cats? or are the groomers able to calm them down?
Here's what my vat have been looking like as of lately:http://i36.tinypic.com/x3vnvb.jpg
That's plentifully of fur... Winter's coming, that's why...
You've gotta shave it... lol
My new kitten is indistinguishable way as your cat. I try to comb her fur and she will bat at me (I taught her not to use her claws so that's minor), and bites. I picked her up by the nap of her nouns when she bit, and she soon learned from her time out that the behaviour was substandard, and she was not getting out of this so easily.
Cats are independent, and the typical reaction is to agree to them have their way, but I would argue that as the owner you should be alpha of all your pets, even the independent ones. You could wage a professional groomer, and the cat would learn to tolerate it, but if you take the time to set up dominance, you will get out of it much cheaper.
No grooming needed.
I have a long haired domestic cat. and I've never touched her with a brush (maybe once or twice) cats are very flawless at grooming themselves.
But anyway it takes a long time time too become a groomer so of course they would of learn to calm a cat down..
It may be traumatic for cats, but you'll just have to hang around and see.
All cats are different. :)
I do try to comb him through occasionally if only to make certain he doesn't have any ticks stuck to his skin but it all depends of what frame of mind he is within lol.
The push button is finding a groomer experienced with cats - most aren't. Try Googling "Cat groomer (wherever you live)" Most areas have groomers that specialize in cats. Thing is, though, whether she bites you she's going to bite the groomer as well.
Have you tried having a friend hold her and you brush her? You could put a small cloth or towel over the cats head so it can't bite. And what is down the hair on the body? If it's long you should use a comb - not a brush. Brushes do little to remove the undercoat hairs and can pull out topcoat hair. If it's short hair on the body use a good quality slicker brush. I hold one I use on my Exotic Shorthair that's made by Safari. It has retractable pins so you just put a button and the hair comes past its sell-by date the brush.
If you want to have him groomed, he certainly will not be happy, but it will not be that traumatic and he hastily will forget it. It is like going to the vet, cats don't like it but the trauma does not last especially long.
Good luck with your little panther.
One thing my last groomer did was to muzzle Poppy. The cat muzzles cover their eyes. She said it looks connote but it actually keeps the cat calm. And it seem true - Poppy was very calm next to it on.
My new groomer who doesn't do that. But I've heard that Poppy enjoys her baths so maybe she's unusual in that respect.
If I were you, I'd look surrounded by the Yellow pages for groomers who do cats. Give them a call and explain your situation, that you have a cat who have never been to a groomer and you don't know how she'll be. The groomer should be able to give you an perception of what happens in situations where the cat is widespread, or what they may do to calm them. If you feel good around the answer, proceed. If not, try another.
I've *heard* of groomers using sedatives but neither of mine do. They both thought it odd that a groomer would do that. If you run into one who suggests it, find out what they use and how qualified they are to use it. I'd be very leery of this and would want to know adjectives the risks and side effects.
My last cat didn't care for being brushed any. I never pressed the point, but perhaps there's still time for you. Get a nice soft bristle brush that you can use around her head. If she finds that relaxing and enjoyable she may consent to you brush more of her. In time you can graduate to a device that will actually remove hair. Just take it slow and fashion it a rewarding experience for her.