Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Cats are dropping coat now with the changing light levels. Cats that don't like those wire slicker brushes will often tolerate a comb much better. Get one of those steel pet combs that have finer teeth on one half than the other. In the beginning only do very little at a time. You want to train your cat that grooming is a pleasant thing. Give the cat a yummy treat, piece of cheese or some chicken, and while Cleo's eating, start combing very gently just at the back of the head and neck. Comb up the coat against the lie of the fur with short strokes, as this imitates the licking a moma cat would give. Stop if she really objects. Give another treat and try again. That's enough grooming for a first session. Try and extend the time a bit longer each day, until you're able to groom most of the cat. Leave the tummy area and inside of back legs last to do, as this is often the most sensitive or ticklish areas. Hopefully she will come to associate grooming with good things happening, and eventually you should be able to groom her and then give her a treat afterwards. Whenever any of my cats would just see a comb they would get excited to be groomed, so I hope you'll be able to get Cleo to that point too. Good luck!
A once a day combing does a lot to remove excess fur, and doesn't take that much time at all--just a minute or two. It should be part of a cat's routine training, ideally started when a kitten even though kitten coats don't shed but it's good to have cat used to having it done and makes it much easier.
Last edited by catloverami; 08-29-2010 at 10:36 AM.
Reason: Additional thought.