I have an 8 yr old fat blind cat (approximately the size of a medium dog) who has fairly long fur. Unfortunately, despite our grooming, every now and then he develops really tight dreadlocks on his sides near his tail which we find difficult to remove.
He hates having this area touched at the best of times, and the tangles are making him even more grumpy than usual.
I would appreciate any advice on how to remove the dreadlocks - is there something I can put on them to loosen them up?
He has been sedated and shaved by the vets before as he HATES having this area touched, but it cost about £60/70 and we don't have that sort of cash to spare at the moment (although if it comes to it obviously we'll have to).
Even when we groom him he won't let us get near this bit...hence the dreadlocks. DH has tried scissors to cut it out tonight without much success. I think it is very close to his skin which makes it more difficult.
We have a designated pair of little pointy scissors that we use, but maybe they are past their best.
Sadly my cat has been blind since birth so doesn't go outside (unless he makes a bid for freedom). We sometimes let him out in the garden supervised to eat some grass and roll around in the dirt . That is why he is soooo enormously fat!
I have a long haired white poo monster, she's too fat to wash her bum properly and gets mats. We shower her and then use a hair clipper we bought specially for the job. It only takes five seconds and its much more hygienic than having to use the kitchen scissors.
Mine are Charles Worthington (posh for a cats bum I know but they were on offer in Argos when I went past one day and I was lured by the chavtastic bargain). You want to go for a 3mm comb. BTW the cat really doesn't mind the noise.
Washersaurus - both my cats are enormous. One is often mistaken for a black dog!
The white one is a turkish angora and she is pure white, but normally with a large turd hanging off her bum. She likes to jump on the bed in the morning. My DH thought I had morning sickness for ages before he realised the cat was making me heave!
Yep, normal clippers.
<<Whispers>> the best ones are actually the ones designed for fanjo hair trimming because they have a smaller head and I've nicked DHs nosehair clippers a few times when I couldn't find the right attachment for the big ones
This might not be the best suggestion by a long chalk, but I have a bottle of ACP for my dog which came in handy when he had a medical problem a few years ago (was supposed to be for fireworks night but did not end up happy about using it and now go to the Peak District for a week instead YAY!)