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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-17-2005, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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First long haired cat; grooming questions

Hi,

I have three cats (and three dogs and two birds, but I digress). The O'Malley Himself is the first cat I've ever had with other than short hair. He's a medium haired maine coon cross (probably siamese) I got from rescue. He cracks me up; he's a real lover, but he's cross eyed and cauliflower eared from the chronic mites he had when he was dumped (at a feed store) so he always seems cross! He's got Elizabeth Taylor lilac/bluey eyes, cream coat and long limbs (I guess the Maine Coon).

Here's the question;
What do I do with his coat? He has long guard hairs and a pretty thick under coat. I have a rake (literally looks like a rake) that worked well on my dear departed Suki - a russian blue - but I keep finding mats on O'Malley. Then I tick him off by combing his hair against the grain to take them off. These mats are on his leg feathers.

What other grooming tool should I buy? Someone suggested the small version of a horse shedding comb (loop of metal with teeny teeth). Any suggestions?

Thanks,
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Of course, daily brushing really helps to prevent matting, but they occur anyway. It takes patience, but what I did with my collies feathering (and DLH cats was to cut into the mat towards the body; then use the brush with teeth and try again gently. You continue this until the mats can be combed out without pain. What's most difficult to remove is mats behind the ears. They are somewhat hidden from vision, and can get pretty bad before you find them. The pet stores uses clippers on those, I believe.




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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-17-2005, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the help with removing the mats, but how do I prevent them. Is there a tool better than the rake I have?

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-17-2005, 11:28 PM
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My, your cat just sounds gorgeous I would love to see pictures of him! How about getting a detangler comb? It works sometimes for Baby and when the mats become smaller I just cut them out. I also just found that that maybe you can buy a detangler spray to get mats out too. The comb sort of looks like this:

http://www.jbpet.com/Shopping/product.a ... kie_test=1

Here is a website on how to treat a cat w/ matted hair too:
http://www.ehow.com/how_117317_treat-cat-matted.html
Or:
http://www.petplanet.co.uk/petplanet/he ... ngcats.htm
Or:
http://ks.essortment.com/groomcat_rcna.htm
Or:
http://www.petplace.com/articles/artShow.asp?artID=3225

Other grooming products for mats:
http://shop.store.yahoo.com/petmarket/g ... tools.html

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-18-2005, 08:41 AM
 
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I use a zoom groom on all my cats...including my long hair. The I use a comb on my to prevent mats. It has long teeth that aren't very close together. I also use a human comb on him I only brush him every 2 weeks or so. He rarely gets mats though.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-18-2005, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks very much guys!

A human comb (I didn't even think of that since I have dreadlocks LOL), and a mat comb.

I'll try to get some pictures taken.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-23-2005, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
 
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Update on the Omalley issue

Well I got a mat comb and a thing that looks like a rubber curry comb except it has metal prongs instead of rubber ones. Unfortunately I think I've already made a right mess of OMalley's feathers so I'm going to have the mats clipped out by a professional and apply everything I've learned here from then on.

Wish me luck.
Thanks guys.
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