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Old 07-31-2013, 05:03 PM
 
Location: FL
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Today I had a little dilemma. I am very sensitive to cat’s hair and I have discovered that giving a cat a lion cut actually reduces the irritant for me. Would you guys try to groom your cat yourself and take your pet to the groomer? I shopped around today and decided it I am better off buying a nice set of pet clippers and watch some video instructions. What would be your take on that? Any other suggestions?
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:56 AM
 
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Groomer. Drop kitty off, pick kitty up from that, 'terrible place', your cat will tell you all about the, 'torture'.
Enjoy being able to breathe, console kitty, and make next appointment for, 3 months.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:05 AM
 
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We are in the middle of the other route to deal with hair/dander issues. Desensitization through allergy shots. Both of us show improvement. No more Benadryl after a snuggle with one of the furries.
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I would be more inclined to learn to do it myself. I think that it would be less traumatic than visits outside the Home - I do not know of any adult cats that like to go to the vet, etc. because after the ride in the car and then to be in a place that smells of dogs, cats and antiseptic, the poor darlings are in stress overload.

I would begin the process even more gradually if your kitty is a cat rather than a kitten. Make sure that after each little session, treats are rewarded with lots of scratching and 'kitty talk'.

Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:32 PM
 
Location: FL
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I have decided that i will take a cat to the groomer a few times first; just to see what they are using, the techniques and equipment etc. get all the supplies and maybe give it a shot myself.

My Maine coon is very tolerant kitty and loves to be brushed. He complains a little when I bathe him and he comes over and cozy up with me to get dry afterwards... So I know he is not mad.

I think it is pretty awesome idea to shave a cat to avoid the particle irritation. Me living in FL and cat always looking for a cold tile to lay on, he generally loves my recent clumsy "hair cut" I gave him with my man's clippers it is not very pretty, but the cat is cool with it
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:40 PM
 
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We are in the middle of the other route to deal with hair/dander issues. Desensitization through allergy shots. Both of us show improvement. No more Benadryl after a snuggle with one of the furries.
Oh you gotta take shots.... You are allergic to cat's saliva. Even hairless cats can cause allergies if that is the case. So sorry.
In my case it is just the hair. I am puffing up due to dust and any particles that could be on the air ( pollen, feathers, dust, animal hair, wool etc) . Less particles in the air the better. Since I love my cat and can't be without his kissable nose, I can still keep him, it is just the hair that must go.
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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Today I had a little dilemma. I am very sensitive to cat’s hair and I have discovered that giving a cat a lion cut actually reduces the irritant for me. Would you guys try to groom your cat yourself and take your pet to the groomer? I shopped around today and decided it I am better off buying a nice set of pet clippers and watch some video instructions. What would be your take on that? Any other suggestions?
Before I became a pro at insulin injections, I used to shave my diabetic cat so I could see that I was aiming for the right spot. It was easy (no instructions necessary), the cat loved it, I got the cheapest shaver I could find, it eventually went caput, but it worked pretty long (years).
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:05 AM
 
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Ha. One time my ex turned on his electric razor, Mickey bolted out of the bathroom so fast he hit the wall, at a dead run. Smacked his head, he was dazed for a few seconds, then, found the door, Bolt!

That cat had a second sense about his appointment for the groomers, either that, or he listened and understood more than I gave him credit for. He would mysteriously dissappear the morning of his appointment.. Only to show up again after 5 pm.

It was the only way I could keep him. He had a thick undercoat, and a light fluffy outercoat.
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:41 PM
 
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Ha. One time my ex turned on his electric razor, Mickey bolted out of the bathroom so fast he hit the wall, at a dead run. Smacked his head, he was dazed for a few seconds, then, found the door, Bolt!

That cat had a second sense about his appointment for the groomers, either that, or he listened and understood more than I gave him credit for. He would mysteriously dissappear the morning of his appointment.. Only to show up again after 5 pm.

It was the only way I could keep him. He had a thick undercoat, and a light fluffy outercoat.
They can be very intuitive and makes you wonder if they understand English. I have had mine bolt on a couple of occasions when they knew somehow that they were taking a trip.

Great description and thanks for the laugh!

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Old 08-04-2013, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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Today I had a little dilemma. I am very sensitive to cat’s hair and I have discovered that giving a cat a lion cut actually reduces the irritant for me. Would you guys try to groom your cat yourself and take your pet to the groomer? I shopped around today and decided it I am better off buying a nice set of pet clippers and watch some video instructions. What would be your take on that? Any other suggestions?
If you have an allergy to cats, the last thing you want to do is clip the fur on one. The fine bits of fur the clippers toss out will find their way into your eyes and nose.... take your kitty to the groomer. Drop kitty off and pick kitty up and leave the fur with all it's allergens behind.
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