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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-31-2006, 05:26 AM Thread Starter
 
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Fur Problem

Hi everyone!

We have a five year old female British Shorthair ( Blue, White and Cream ) She is generally in very good health is regularly wormed and innoculated by the vet. The problem is that her fur over the past year or so has kind of seperated into clumps of matted fur which eventually fall out. When we took her to the vet we were told that it was because she did not clean herself properly. We thought about having her fur shaved but thought that it was not a good idea as it would involve an anaesthetic and was likely not to solve the problem. we regularly give her vitimin tablets to prevent this although recently we have stopped them to see if the situation improves...which it hasn't.

Has anyone else experienced this problem? we would be very grateful if anyone could come up with a solution so that we can get her fur back into good health. after all it can't be very comfortable for her.

Many thanks
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-31-2006, 10:15 AM
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her fur over the past year or so has kind of seperated into clumps of matted fur which eventually fall out.
Can you supplement her grooming by brushing/combing her a couple of times a week?

My long hair cat hates the brush, but she will tolerate a combing long enough to get the matting out,

then in the warmer months I use a saftey sizzor to trim back some of the hair,

but you must be very careful not to cut them.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-31-2006, 11:13 AM
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you can go to a groomer, they can shave cats without having to put them to sleep... i found a good one last january and i'm groing to have my himalayan shaved in a couple of months...


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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-31-2006, 02:38 PM
 
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You can try.....

To help my shorthair cat when she is shedding and/or not cleaning herself very well for whatever reason, I use a shedding blade, http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.as...milyID=100153&
It helps tremendously with getting dead fur and dirt off the cat, and its relatively inexpensive and the cat hardly knows they're getting brushed. My cat thinks shes getting a heavy duty petting session and LOVES it. she even let me do her ears the other day, which for some reason were filthy, and had some dandruff. Her coat is also much softer and sleeker when I use it regularly. Good Luck!
~Beth
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-31-2006, 05:54 PM
 
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Maybe use a Zoom Groom too, if your cat doesn't like the brush. Mine always want to play with and bite a bristle brush if I try to use that on them, but they all like the Zoom Groom. It picks up a goodly amount of hair and it's easy to clean.
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