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Old June 25th, 2010, 03:27 PM
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Himalayan Grooming

I have a 2 year old male Himi, Louie. He has a very cottony coat that's VERY thick and fluffy. I brush him daily with different brushes (pin brush, slicker, wide tooth comb) but none of them really seem to be getting right down to the skin. I'd say the pin brush works about the best.. but not well enough.

Back in December I found multiple matts on him (neck, armpit and back leg) that were right against the skin. They litterally appeared overnight... I called my vet, took him in and had him shaved down. He needs to be put under anesthesia in order to be shaved. Fast forward to now, his coat is almost 100% grown back. I'm already getting small matts out of him daily. I'd like to have him shaved again but I'm worried about putting him under anesthesia again so soon. It's only been 6 months. I thought it would take longer for his coat to grow out... I was wrong.

So here I am. What would you do? Also any tips on brushes or combs that would work better to get through his coat?
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Old June 25th, 2010, 04:36 PM
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I purchased salon quality scissors (not cheap) and cut Puddle's fur so it is only about an inch long, leaving the head, back and tail natural. Then I only have to use a wire human brush to brush her out daily. During the winter I do allow the fur to grow out as she doesn't shed so much since being on raw and NV Instinct. She is much happier with her fur cut. It's not pretty, but she is happy .

I know what you mean about knots showing up overnight . It's their undercoat.
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Old June 25th, 2010, 04:44 PM
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I have a manx who has pretty long and thick fur. I was getting mats in him so I went and got a electric pet shaver and I shave him down. I also got a furminator that I use on all my animlas. it has helped a lot better then the normal brushes.

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Old June 25th, 2010, 07:54 PM
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furminator worhe every penny
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Old June 30th, 2010, 12:19 PM
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Thanks! I'll take a look for the furminator. I know he won't let me use scissors or clippers.

I'm sure the texture of his coat contributes to his matting. I've tried spray on conditioners in an attempt to 'soften' his cottony fur to no avail. I have another long haired cat, Lucy. She never matts but her coat is very silky and doesn't stick together like Louie's.

As much as I love Louie and Himi personality in general (Louie is very dog-like), I can tell you I won't have another one. I don't mind the daily grooming... but this is just insane. I spend more time grooming him than I do my Saint Bernards.
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Old June 30th, 2010, 12:24 PM
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lol well look at it this way you gett o bond with her a lot!!!
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Old June 30th, 2010, 11:54 PM
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I never found wire brushes worked well for me with longhaired cats, but those steel grooming combs, especially the ones where one half of it is wider toothed than the other, work well. Bad mats can gradually be pulled out with a "stitch ripper". I found I got a better result than cutting them out with scissors, as this tends to help another mat form.

The thing with Himmies or Persians or other longhaired cats, especially if their coat has a cottony texture, is it's a must to run the comb through the coat 2xday. This doesn't take that long, and keeps the coat free of mats, which makes the cat feel comfortable. It's more pleasant too for the cat as the grooming session isn't that long. Always reward with a treat after grooming so cat looks forward to being groomed.
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