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.

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Hey Verdi!  Why are all the cats hiding in the laundry room?  Are you all scaredy-cats?

1 Hey Verdi! Why are all the cats hiding in the laundry room? Are you all scaredy-cats?

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!

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!

Laura and Maria are brushing out Empress Tang right now and then it will be my turn.

3 Laura and Maria are brushing out Empress Tang right now and then it will be my turn.

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!

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

Plus, when you have an experienced brusher, like these two ladies, it also feels really nice.  Ah yes, that's the spot!

7 Plus, when you have an experienced brusher, like these two ladies, it also feels really nice. Ah yes, that's the spot!

There's a whole line of Martha Stewart pet grooming brushes at PetSmart for both dogs and cats.

8 There's a whole line of Martha Stewart pet grooming brushes at PetSmart for both dogs and cats.

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!

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!

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.

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.

There, how do I look?  Purrfectly gorgeous, no?

11 There, how do I look? Purrfectly gorgeous, no?

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.

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.

Comments (13)

  • Hello Ladies,
    It is nice to know that the furballs have to get bathed also. They do look quite lovely I must say so myself. Mom and I watched the cat show on your Mama's show the other day and we couldn't believe that Bartalk is 15 or so they said. Maybe it was 17. Well, anyway they are really old furballs. Dad and my people brother are off to the ice fishing tournament. I do hope they win something. Dad won some money last year. The rainbow trout they usually catch is so pink and flavorful this time of year. Mom and I have great plans---fun, fun, more fun and relaxing. Oh, and Cora Belle, don't ever be embarrassed about your sweaters. You are really lucky to have a Mom and Dad that care enough to put one on you.You are a very special blogger buddy and a beauty queen. So if they laugh, you call your blogger buddy Basil and I will give them a talkin' to. Hehehehehe!! Maddox are you getting any rest yet with that son of yours? Zoe, I hope you are alright. I know your Mom is very busy right ow, but you and she just have some girl's time soon. Well, everyone have a nice weekend and think snow for Colorado or it will be a long, hot, summer.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • ..wow..I must tell my buddy the Kit-Bang about this thing called grooming..she is rather a slob..she is 15 years old, like me and I don't think I have ever seen her groomed..like me she is au natural...but your kitties are very pretty..time for my meds and back in bed...later, Cora-belle

  • Good morning,
    Those cats sure have long fur, just like me. Kirby Bear and GK. Laura and Maria do a good job on them. I wonder if they have to get their nails clipped like dogs do.
    Hey Basil, GK is back on the farm with the girls and Martha. Karen said that as soon as he goes in Martha's house, he goes over to the girl's beds to see if they are home. He likes to check on them when he gats back there.
    Cora-Belle, Basil has a very very good point about your sweaters and vests. I am sure there are dogs that live outside in all kinds of cold weather that don't get to wear a sweater. You know that James and Lucinda think the world of you and that is why they put sweaters on you, because they love you deeply.
    Zoe, I hope you are not mad anymore. Karen said that when someone gets mad, their face gets all squshed up and prune like. You don't want to look like a little prune or raisin, do you? Your face would be too wrinkled to see where the Barbie heads are hiding. hehehehehehe
    Well fellow Glue Squaders, I hope everyone gets to do what they want this weekend. I will be checking back in to check on you guys. Till then, love ya.
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Well another weekend is upon us again. It seems that the days are moving right along this year. It rained most of the night last night and I was awake most of the time. Now I guess that I will have to catch up today with my naps. I’ll bet that those cats would look good with dreadlocks. Then they would have to have all their hair cut off. Just think, from long hair to no hair. Sounds funny doesn’t it? Well I don’t wish that on anyone because I know how those tangles feel when they pull my hair just a little. Long haired dogs have to be brushed daily too. I like being a long haired dog don’t you GK?
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Francesca, are you going to take Empress Tang's insult lying down? She called you, Sharkey, and G.K. (and I quote, if you please), "stinky dogs". Now, are YOU a "stinky dog"? Are you going to let that overgrown puff ball insult the dog citizenry of Martha's fair farm, not to mention the rest of us? I beg your pardon, Francesca! I think it's time to dump a box of fireplace soot on Empress Tang and her friends. Let me know if I can help. Text me (2 paws up, girlfriend).

  • My goodness you poor Puuditats! I don't like when mommie delia grooms my thick fur in the winter. I also have three layers of fur and it looks just like Verdi's...matter of fact I look like I'm wearing a white fur collar over my gray brown coat.

    I get brushed every day and like it as long as I have no mats, but if I do...I pin my ears back and groan...mommie delia in a loud voice saying, NO!!! :-O

    Mommie was wondering what the grey item that Laura was using,(it looks like a box cutter)maybe it's a blade to thin out the fur?

    OK we are getting ready this weekend for another round of snow...ugh :-(

    To all of my furfriends here, have a good and safe weekend...and mommie says the same for the Glue Gang.

    =^. .^= Kitty

  • Mornin' Frannie,
    We watched Momma Martha's show with the cats. We had no idea Bartok was a super-senior! Mimi wondered where Teeny & Weeny were.
    Mimi's Mom had long haired cats & they loved to be combed. Mimi said their fur was really tough to vacuum up, not nearly as easy as Sheltie & Chihuahua fur!
    Have a great weekend Glue Squad buddies.
    From one stinky pup to another....Your pal, Rebel

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., Beautiful Franny, it's so nice to see you talking to Verdi and Empress Tang about them getting beautified by Laura and Maria! Being a kittie lover myself, it's great to see other dogs being nice to cats. too! It was fun to see Martha on her TV Show the other day learning about other cats and wild cats! Would have been fun to see you, Sharkey, and G.K. there, too! Sure hope all of you wonderful Glue Squaders have a terrific, happy, healthy, safe weekend! It's been sunny since yesterday and might be sunny most of our weekend here near Puget Sound, finally! Might even get to go for a nice long walk again-have my paws crossed! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Good Morning F & S

    STINKY DOGS!!! Those are fight'n words in my book.

    Hey Maddox I'm not mad my mom is moving her office this week so she is really busy. I got an email from Basil asking if I was okay so I thought I'd better post so the Glue Squad doesn't worry.

    Her new company is called Coretitle she is very excited. I can't wait till this weekend is over then things should be back to normal. Dad and I haven't seen much of her this week. We are in bed when she leaves and in bed when she comes home.

    Have a great weekend everyone :)

    Zoe

  • Empress T is the fluffiest fluff ball in town!

    I thought your blog today was about a Cat Saloon! :)

    Maybe Empress T and Princess P were barmaids years ago! :)

    Have a super weekend...

    gail

  • My my Francesca, your coat has a different tone to it, it looks richer in color. The furballs certainly do look pretty after the very capable hands of Laura and Maria.

    Stinky dogs indeed! You, Sharkey, and G.K. need to give the furballs a what for after that comment. I hope everyone has a beautiful weekend. :smile:

  • ..Forgot to wish all my glue squad buddies a good week-end..I am helping Lucinda plant some zucchini seeds, we'll grow them on the back porch, something about them being $2 a lb. at the store..whatever that means..two of our feral cats are unaccounted for..I fear the worst for them..heard some coyotes howling last nite..tonite I am going out and give them a couple barks..yes, I'll wear my stupid homemade vest.. stay on a rope so I don't fall in the river..and Lucinda will have her cap light..and her whistle to blow if we get too close..oh boy..it'll be like old times I can hardly wait..! I'll give those yodel dogs barks for all of you my glue squad pals..over and out..Cora-belle

  • Hi everyone,
    I was just checking in to see how the weekend is going for all my friends. Quiet weekend.
    Zoe, I am glad you aren't mad at your mom. I think I misunderstood. You're not mad at her, you're upset that you aren't getting to see her as much as normal right now, right? If so, hang in there girlfriend, things will get back to normal real soon.
    Cora-Belle, I am so proud of you that you are continuing to do things you did before. Planting and barking. You go girl. You may not see the critters but I bet you can smell them, You have a great time scaring the critters away and barking your butt off.
    As for the rest of you, hang loose and enjoy the rest of the weekend.
    Love,
    Maddox

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