Maksim is now 10 months old and still very much a kitten. Never having had a long haired cat or even a cat with claws ( no lectures, please), our lives have been changed with this kitten. He is definitely a handful at times but he is such a wonderful cat that we forgive him all of his daredevil antics.
But the time had come and gone for a grooming by a professional. Poor Maksim had some leg pit mats that I was unable to get out. I had gotten the recommended combs but the mats appeared overnight it seemed and I just wasn’t confident enough to get them out.
A quick question in a local Facebook group gave me a couple of cat groomer options locally. One wasn’t taking any new clients because they were just trying to catch up on their regular clients. Another offered mobile grooming which I thought was a winner. Since she was out of Asheville we decided to meet in a Brevard parking lot to cut her travel time down and I was happy to drive 20 minutes for the adventure.
When Aaron came he helped get the mats out and showed me his “technique” so now I know how to attack them a little bit better in the future.
Of course I talked to Maksim about it before hand. He got in his carrier and down the mountain we went. Our groomer, Kim from Calling All Cats, was already there and waiting in her Sprinter van and I did the handoff. I headed out to get some coffee and walk the labyrinth and 45 minutes later he was done.
When I asked how he did she kind of laughed and demonstrated his wiggliness which I totally recognized. He is not a belly rubbing kitty yet and is a little wild at times but she was able to bathe him, trim his nails which was the real thing I did not want to try, and give him a sanitary cut so his dingleberries won’t stick to his fur anymore. What a difference! He survived and so did I and I am hopeful the next grooming will go even better than the first.
It’s funny how much this cat has helped make this Covid-19 pandemic more tolerable. He never ceases to entertain and he is getting better at snuggling now so we love that. Life is so much better with a cat or two. Or a dog. What do you think? Are you Team Cat or Team Dog? Or Team No Pet? Tell me all about it in the comments and Comment for a Cause – NAMI.
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I’ve never owned a long haired cat. Had no idea they had to be groomed. I can not even begin to imagine how you bath a cat. I had two short haired cats, one with coloring like your guy, one with coloring like your girl, when we got married. Husband to be had one grey cat and one sheltie. At the beginning of our marriage we had 3 cats and one dog. Needless to say that was toooooo much. Now we just have Katie who is enough.
I love hearing and seeing Maksim adventures. He was pretty before even more so now.
I am a Team No Pet. But will enjoy yours from afar.
Team CAT! Our former kitty was a long hair, and we had to have some professional help with his fur occasionally too. Both ours now are short-hair, and we started trimming Gypsy’s nails when she was a tiny kitten. As long as “Daddy” is holding her for her paw-di-cure, she’s fine!
Maksim looks so handsome after his grooming. We had cats for years and now we have Dot the wonder dog. So I am in both camps! I’m not sure how I would have coped with the lockdown without Dot to be honest. In Spain you couldn’t go for walks but you could take your dog for a walk twice a day. So I took her twice and Paul took he twice. It got us out at least a bit. Plus she is such great company and makes us laugh. Thank heaven for pets!
Maksim is gorgeous! I have had quite a few long haired cats. Had a Persian that I had to get shaved on occasion due to her mats. Will never forget some guys from church coming over to pick up something for a yard sale. Abby had just been shaved and one of the guys said, “what is that?” She always seemed to feel better after a shave:)
I’m more team dog but love our Finn, even through she’s not a snuggly kitty.
I can totally relate. I’ve also become a mommy to two longhaired cats recently and am finding out that they require a lot more effort. From daily brushing to twice-weekly ear cleaning and weekly nail clipping, it’s like a full-time job. I just brush my three shorthaired cats once a week and trim their claws. Their ears are never dirty. Maybe because there’s no hair covering it? I don’t know. 😸
Having never actually owned a dog, I guess I’m a team cat person since we’ve always had felines. But for now, we’re team no pet and that’s okay.