I think I might have scared some of Gus’ fans the other day when I posted a picture of him with a lion cut. Actually that picture was from the summer of 2010, which was his last cut. The problem is that he is so cranky that the vets require him to be drugged to do it, which isn’t something I take lightly. The last time he was under for another operation they didn’t have the time to do it, and he is getting pretty long.
The problem is that he gets mats and can’t groom them out himself. And he is very impatient at having them cut out by hand, or presumably with clippers. I recently bought my own clippers to find out how bad he is. And today I tried it out in earnest.
The result? Mixed. He wasn’t that much more annoyed or scared of the clippers than scissors, and it is a lot easier to use the clippers because I can use one hand to hold him in place. I have to use both hands with scissors to avoid poking him when he moves. I did get one big mat on his hip off, which is something.
It is a lot like giving him a bath. The problem isn’t the water – he will sit under the faucet with it pouring over his back to do a rinse with no problem. The being confined and turned over and prodded gets him pretty mad pretty fast.
I’m still working on how to actually cut well with the clippers – I did a little practice on my arm to get the angle. The tool has attachments to supposedly cut to a length, but for mats it looks like you have to give up with those and gnaw it out. Maybe when I get the mats out I can shorten the overall coat length with those.
After getting my lump of fur, I decided to sweeten the pot with some catnip in the little cat mat. Maybe with enough bribery I can get him to ask for a clipping.
Maybe not. At any rate, he seemed to de-grumpify in an acceptable amount of time and get back to normal.