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To Shave or not to Shave ??

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whatastart Thu 27-Mar-14 23:15:56

I have a long haired Maine Coon Boy , he is around 2 years old & is a rescue .
I have finally managed to brush his coat after months of trying and admittedly he looks much better apart from his belly which he wouldn't let me do so is a bit messy but nothing to bad .

anyway he has a completely different coat underneath iyswim
He is Charcoal Grey and the coat underneath is white confused I have never noticed this before so I'm unsure what to do , Should I get his coat trimmed or just leave him be ?

cozietoesie Fri 28-Mar-14 07:17:21

I'm wondering whether you've groomed off most of his old guard hairs, what , leaving the soft undercoat behind? (In which case, they should regrow.) That said, I've not had Coons myself so there are loads of possible considerations that I can think of - moulting, an adult coat coming in and so on - so maybe a Coon owner will post who knows the breed.

I assume that he's not to be a show cat, so my own temptation would be simply to sort his coat in the best way so that he's as happy as possible with it - and the colour will be what it will be.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 28-Mar-14 07:34:39

I'd leave it, it will grow back & thier summer coat will be through soon enough.

Lonecatwithkitten Fri 28-Mar-14 07:44:08

If you shave cats they become much more prone to matting as the blunt ends of their shaved coat Matt much worse than the tapered ends of left natural fur.
I would always suggest trying to brush as much as possible and shaving minimally.

cozietoesie Fri 28-Mar-14 07:58:14

Thanks for that Lone. It ties in with my own experience of tangles in human hair, actually!

whatastart Fri 28-Mar-14 08:45:23

Ok thanks , Its not the colour I'm bothered about .
He isn't a show Cat either smile

I'll just keep brushing him then I just wasn't sure which was best for him thanks

catsrus Fri 28-Mar-14 08:51:43

I have a similar problem with a rescue - very fine hair which matts easily and his belly was a no go area for brushing - he's just been to the vet and it's been shaved off, he is MUCH more comfortable. His coat is quite unlike that of my other long haired cats - never had this problem before!

cozietoesie Fri 28-Mar-14 09:30:10

Well I think that once it gets past the 'point of no return' you may have no option, cats.

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