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Howitzer

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2,464 posts

99 months

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Hi all,

I have a 2.5 year old Persian female which is now venturing outside more and more.

She gets a brush every couple of days and looks relatively neat and tidy. The problem is that the hair underneath her chin is quite long and when she licks it she can struggle to get it out of her mouth.

I've trimmed her belly hair with an old beard trimmer so it didn't drag in the grass as much and she enkjoyed it, purring away etc.

So mu question is, aslong as she is calm with it, would trimming some of her chin hair and the big tufts at the sides of her cheeks be ok? I know not to trim the whiskers obviously.

I only ask as i've seen mention on here about de-matting haircuts costing £70 and the cats needing sedation?

Dave!

Granville

738 posts

54 months

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I would say if your cat is happy to let you do it and makes grooming itself easier than there's no harm in a trim.

Both my past cats were long haired, one very silky and never knotted, the other very thick and woolly hair that was constantly getting tangled. Everything and anything would stick to her daily if she went in the fields, and then consequently getting further knots trying to lick and scratch the bits out. She would end up with massive clumps most days that I'd then have to try and remove. Much to her displeasure and resulting almost bold areas it would sometimes cause as clippers were sometimes the only way to remove them.

I resorted to a trim round her ears and chin area which solved the problem and a much happier kitty that didn't need de-knotting every day.

bexVN

10,712 posts

94 months

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Just be careful that you know what you're doing if you use scissors. Owners frequently cut their cats skin due to trying to cut out nots!

Trimming the chin/ neck area is not a bad idea though. Clippers would be better if your cat will tolerate the sound.

freecar

4,203 posts

70 months

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bexVN said:
Just be careful that you know what you're doing if you use scissors. Owners frequently cut their cats skin due to trying to cut out nots!

Trimming the chin/ neck area is not a bad idea though. Clippers would be better if your cat will tolerate the sound.
My cat has very long hair that gets matted as she isn't capable of grooming it and has decided that she is an outside cat so wont come in long enough for her to be groomed properly.

I used to use scissors but as you say, it's all to easy for it to go all "animal hospital" and you feel terribly guilty for that! Now I use some Oster clippers (bought mainly for the dogs but knowing I have to do her too) and a very low grade and I have no problems, she gets these "saddle-bags" of matted fur and a few minutes with the clippers sees them off. I had used some cheaper "pet clippers" before but they were next to useless, the Oster ones while expensive are wonderful! Granted each grade is actually a new blade and therefore costs good money, it's well worth it!

Plus if the poster who mentioned £70 dematting haircuts was right they've more than paid for themselves!

bexVN

10,712 posts

94 months

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Thursday 1st September 2011 quote quote all
Oster is the make most grooming places and vets use. They are very good.
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Howitzer

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2,464 posts

99 months

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Thursday 1st September 2011 quote quote all
Cheers guys, I will use my old beard trimmers again if all goes well will post a picture.

If it doesn't go well, i'll send an update from casualty.

Dave!

Howitzer

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2,464 posts

99 months

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Friday 2nd September 2011 quote quote all
Before....



After....



No more half choking on her own cheek and chest fur.

Dave!

Isaac Hunt

7,145 posts

94 months

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Friday 2nd September 2011 quote quote all
You should have gone for this version


sw67

175 posts

42 months

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Wednesday 7th September 2011 quote quote all
My persian had to have a demat under sedation every year as we could not get near her with a brush. Now gone but a demat made a huge difference and she lived for 18.5 years

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Edited by sw67 on Wednesday 7th September 22:28

sleep envy

61,740 posts

132 months

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Friday 9th September 2011 quote quote all
rofl

sorry

jimmyjimjim

3,287 posts

121 months

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Friday 9th September 2011 quote quote all
sleep envy said:
rofl

sorry
I'm just waiting (hoping) for whoever it was to post the picture of their white longhair that needed the same thing; it's sat on a bike looking UNBELIEVABLY pissed off.

I meant to save it and forgot, much to my disgust.

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