January 27th, 2012
A Lesson in Cat Grooming
Posted by Francesca
I was wandering around the house the other day when I realized that the fur balls were nowhere to be found. They usually drape themselves all over the furniture, but I couldn’t find a single cat anywhere. That’s when I thought I’d go to the basement laundry room and have a look down there.
1 Hey Verdi! Why are all the cats hiding in the laundry room? Are you all scaredy-cats?
2 No, Francesca, being scared has nothing to do with it. We're all waiting for our turn to be groomed. This is more than just a laundry room, you know—it's also our salon!
3 Laura and Maria are brushing out Empress Tang right now and then it will be my turn.
4 I see there's a whole shelf of grooming products for dogs and cats. Wait, is a kitty salon really necessary? It seems like all you cats do is sleep and preen!
5 Yes, Francesca, it's true that cats need ample beauty rest and we do like to preen. But, we also need baths and grooming, just like you stinky dogs!
6 Long haired cats, like all of us, should really be brushed once a day to stave off mats, remove dirt, and distribute oil throughout our coats. Short haired cats need brushing, but just once a week.
7 Plus, when you have an experienced brusher, like these two ladies, it also feels really nice. Ah yes, that's the spot!
8 There's a whole line of Martha Stewart pet grooming brushes at PetSmart for both dogs and cats.
9 Long haired cats like Persians and Himaylans actually have three layers of hair called guard hair, awn, and down. The short guard hairs shed and can get tangled with the longer down hairs, causing mats, like dreadlocks!
10 Believe me, we cats hate when our hair gets matted, but we also know that regular brushing really helps to avoid mats altogether. We welcome our grooming sessions.
11 There, how do I look? Purrfectly gorgeous, no?
12 Empress Tang, I must admit that you do smell good and your that your fur is very soft! And thanks for the lesson about cat hair.
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