I have purchased every grooming tool on the market except for the Furminator to try and manage her grooming at home. Nothing has worked. So every spring she is all matted again. I found a groomer in our new home town who worked out of the store where I was buying my cat food. They said yes, they do cats, and the price was right so I made an appointment.
There was a tiny room at the back of the store with a half door on it. Inside it was maybe 5 ft wide and 7 or 8 feet long and there was a shelf on the long wall just inside the door where I was asked to place my cat. The groomer informed me that I had to stay and hold on to Kizzie because she was deathly alergic to cat scratches and bites and she needed to be hospitalized whenever this has happened. Wonderful. I asked if she would rather not do the job and she said "oh, no. I'm ok as long as the cat doesn't scratch me" Hmmm. Shortly after we arrived, a woman dropped off a little dog that the groomer promptly ignored. She allowed the dog to roam around this teeny space with me, my sister, the groomer, and the cat on the shelf. Kizzie didn't like the presence of the dog roaming around on the floor where she couldn't keep an eye on it. The groomer got out the clippers and began shaving Kizzie and that is when my cat "lost her shit" as my youngest daughter would say. I don't ever want to see her in that state of mind again. She became so violent that I was actually afraid of her.
"Maybe we should not go through with this", I suggested. I didn't want to be responsible for hospitalizing the woman after all. Her solution was to hand me a pair of oven mitts that were caked in other animals' fur to hold on to the cat without being bitten. I can just imagine all the smirks out there right now. When it became clear that I could not hold on to this now criminally insane animal even with fur-coated oven mitts, I made her stop. However, she had managed to shave her whole one side across and down in one large pelt that was left hanging from her body and suggested we take her to a vet, have her sedated, and bring her back to finish the job. What?
I needed a new vet anyway so I took her to one I knew of. The vet examined her to make sure she was not ill, weighed her, and prescribed some medication to calm her. He advised not to take her back to the groomer but to wait a couple of days for her to recover from the trauma. The same vet has a retail side with a groomer and I made an appointment to bring her back in a few days. I was told to give her a pill before bringing her in which I did and I dropped her off feeling more confident that they would get the job done safely.
Then I got the call. They couldn't manage the sedated version of Kizzie and wanted my consent to take her over to the vet side and have her put right out. Again - what? This was a cat that had up until then let me bath her in the sink. I decided it might be the most merciful thing to agree so we could get this over with and not cause any more trauma to the cat. When I brought her home, she was so heavily sedated she was staggering around like a drunk and walking into things. She had the same lion cut as before but now because she was much older and out of shape, her belly covered her back feet when she sat down. When she walked, it swayed to and fro like an udder. Not a pretty picture.
Today, I try to manage her at home. I purchased clippers that I use for bigger mats and they work fairly well. I would still like to try the Furminator though. Anyone tried that little gadget?