Peeps With Furry Cats – HALP!!!

I'm mostly a short-haired kitty sorta person.
Nice sensible cats.
Not like this guy:

Him's a tidy boy.
Keeps his paws clean.
Keeps that tail under control.

But that big bushy tail is really the most normal fur the guy has.
Long, long guard hairs that keep going after the end of his lick.
The rest of his fur is just pitiful.
It is ALL FLUFF.
There's nothing there.
Not guard hairs and puffy insulating bits, but all poof.
When you go to pat him, your hand goes through the fur to the kitty as if all that floof's just an optical illusion.
Which is odd, but not the problem.

The problem is his fur is so fine and flyway light that it ties itself in knots.
He's pretty good at caring for it, and keeps his ruff and general floofiness in good order.
But his little underarms rub together and make mats, also inside his hips.
I managed to clip and tug and get those cleared up, but now I'm worrying about maintenance.
It isn't really a brushable area, though I'm trying.
(ouch!)

So what do people with really fluffy cats do?
And do any of you guys have experience with baby-fine fur like this?

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16 responses to this post.

  1. Niki is part Yorkie?
    Wide-toothed metal comb or a pin brush, and treats. 2-3 times a week.I've heard trimming is a bad idea.

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  2. I've no experience with this kind of fur, but is this maybe an area you can keep shorter with clippers on a regular basis, so the problem doesn't occur?

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  3. You've got to keep trying. Maybe different kinds of brushes. Maybe two hoomans.He's going to be one big mat if him isn't groomed regularly. Esp. in his little kitty armpits. Him's either got to submit to brushing, or have his mats clipped out all the time. Keep an eye on the area right under the chin as well.We clip out mats using rounded scissors, like for nose hair, so that squirmy kitties don't get poked.Also, keep an eye on his fuzzy butt so he doesn't get poop stuck to it. That might need trimming too.

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  4. Mr. LT (official cat-groomer of Chez LT) also suggests a pin brush with the wire/balls on end of wires thing. Previous kitty had a two-sided brush that was one side wire, other regular.Kitty treats will be a must. HRTortie WILL NOT allow much brushing, even though we tried when she was a kitn. Luckily she rarely mats up. We have to trim her floofy butt fur (oh the shame) and sometimes she spits out her hairball goo onto her ruff and the resulting mat must be removed.Thankfully, stoopid spaz-boy TK has extra-short fur, since his grooming is indifferent at best. Him's a frat boy.

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  5. I would recommend frequent grooming. Ping, Kemi, and Merlin are the mattiest Miaos and they ideally need grooming 2-3x/week, especially in the underarm and hip area. We sometimes call Merlin Mer-mat because he gets so many mats.Also, some combs remove a lot of the undercoat which is okay except in winter when it might be chillier. I guess Niki doesn't have much of an undercoat to start with anyways. I remember how disappointed I was the time that Papa Miao de-floofed and de-ruffed Ping and Lotus by over-grooming.

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  6. He's really very good, and keeps his own rear in order.(Thank you, Niki !!!!!)But these belly bits are beyond him.I think it's just the mechanics of getting at behind-his-elbow, inside his underarm, and then still having enough room for a 2-3 inch lick path.His ruff is too long too.He licks it, and as far as he can pull his tongue away from his on neck it still leaves the ends of his fur in his mouth.Sorta adorable.A metal comb wouldn't work, his skin is tender and the fur – while it can tangle – just isn't present enough for that.Imagine combing a cloud – it just blows away.I had a small medium strength hair brush that was pretty good, but it's wondered off.(Probably hiding, since he needed to eat it.)I did get all the big bits out, some of them trimmed off with a small scissors, very, very carefully, and some just pulled out.The worst of it was almost right up against his skin EEEK.Some little bits I can get out with my fingernails now.I will keep reaching under there and assessing things.Even though it makes him think I'm maybe a little pervy.I just worry about burrs.And shedding.Never had a cat with maintenance issues before.

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  7. Niki is ALL undercoat.

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  8. Oooh, I remember that. We were all disappointed. Miao Brothers should have floof. Kemi-Bear has acres of floof, it's a good thing he's so amiable.I love when the ruff fur is too long for the cat tongue.Tortie gets a lot of my fingernails working on her mats too, or pulling off bits.

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  9. Ah, went and googled various information about cat coats.It's called a cottony or downy undercoat.I don't think he has an overcoat.Apparently it is a no-no for show cats.Poor boy, there goes his career in show biz.

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  10. Our neighbour Charlie has a good clipping once a year, he gets in a terrible mess because he's always out and about having adventures. He goes to the vet for it because Shirley tried to do it herself but he scratched and carried on. After the big summer shave they keep on top of if with scissors when needed.

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  11. Then show kittehs are missing out — that floof is lovely. Is it as snorglable as it looks?Maybe him just needs the arm and leg pits shaved regularly? By someone else, of course.

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  12. I can identify with him. My hair is like that! I suggest dreads…LOL. What a gorgeous kitty.

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  13. This used to happen to my cat Wally. We did have him clipped at the vet once, but after that we were able to keep it under control. He needed weekly attention to remove knots with scissors. After some time doing this he didn't mind it.

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  14. Pretty Boy Floyd gets the brushins a few times a week. Otherwise he'd be one big dread lock, mon.

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  15. feline fatcat is part (all?) norwegian forest cat, so his fur mostly takes care of itself – but with hime being an outdoor/indoor kitty, he sometimes gets stuff (worst scenario: a slug. gah!) stuck that needs to be combed out. We use a combination of fingers (mortal peril), a wide-toothed metal comb with a picture of a german sheperd on it…, and a fine toothed comb. If there is a mat suck close to his skin, try sticking something (like a knitting needle) through the mat (if he'll let you), and cut down to it – that way you're sure you won't nick him. Or maybe a grooming mit?

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  16. Oh, you got lots and lots of good advice! Yay!Luna and Gree take very good care of their furs, too. But, I do have to run my hands over them frequently in search of hiding mats. Then I work them out with my fingers…or in the case of stubborn ones, with scissors. The more I pet and handle them the more comfortable they get and they aren't so "Hey! What are you doing?!"Niki sounds like his fur is extremely fine!

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