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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-08-2016, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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I have had this mentioned twice to me now.

I have naturally curly/does-its-own-thing hair. I wear it long. Currently, when wet, it is about half way down my shoulder blade. Dry, it is just below my neck line. Dry it is also OUT to about halfway between my neck and my shoulder.

Is the 'big hair' being a detriment to socializing or befriending cats? I have been 'working' with, and successfully gaining trust, of some free roaming colony members, as well as some relocated ex-alley roamers, now roaming my property.

Should I pull it back before approaching new cats and kittens?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-08-2016, 10:51 PM
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Moved this to Forum Fun because it must be a joke...

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Heh. The only cat danger I can think of with long hair is the cat eating long shed hairs... it's rather like eating string or thread and can be a problem coming out the other end... Please do not ask how I know this....
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I know it sounds odd, but it really was NOT submitted as a joke.

A supervisor at a shelter I volunteered at mentioned it some time ago, and a past volunteer from the same shelter recently said the same thing.

We have two kittens in the loop being TNRed. When my Mrs. approaches the cages they are relatively calm. When I come near, they hiss. They aren't vicious, attacking me or anything, and they do let me pet them, but did begin to wonder whether i was being an unnecessary threat.

I questioned it. Cats and horses get a long and I would think them much more threatening than something smaller but furrier.

Anyway, thanx for the tips.

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Shadowcat - I am a curly poof like you are. When my hair is REALLY bad (i.e., when I try to do anything to it like combing or brushing when it's DRY) I actually do scare the crap out of my cat. But she also gets scared of me the same way if I wear a costume mask or hold out a stuffed animal near her.

I think, if your hair goes super-poof, you might want to tie it back only if the movement of it will scare the kitties. (You know how, when we move our heads, it kind of does its own thing and moves as a mass on its own? ;p ) The movement of a large "thing" that isn't familiar to the kitties might scare them - I don't think the outline/shape of the hair itself would scare them. But you do bring up a good point with the "larger = intimidation/scarier" thing - cats do poof themselves up when they're trying to be intimidating.

I think for the most part it'll be okay - they go off scent a lot as well and even if they see your hair, they'll still smell only "human".

Do an experiment though! Tie it back and approach the same set of kittens and see what reaction you get :}


^ what happens if I dare to touch comb or brush to my mass while it is dry


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I have a couple head bands with cat ears. I had a pair on once and encountered one of our regulars, who gave me such a wide look, and slinked by, and high-tailed it.

It probably is more with new acquaintances. At the shelter, I'm a strange new thing to each new cat. At home, and even the free roaming ones, can become accustomed to my shape, size, and ambiance, and gradually become unthreatened by it.

My locks are much shorted than yours, and not QUITE as out-there. I have stopped using a brush and just use a wide, long, toothed 'styling' comb. But even a pic makes it into a bush. A little hard to see, but you get the idea.

Maybe it's the beard...
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