It’s a struggle every couple days. I’ll give a little background.
She’s approx. 10 yrs old. I rescued her a couple months ago from an abusive home. She won’t take treats out of my hand. I have to leave food in front of her, walk away and ignore her before she eats.
That being said, I’ve tried making brushing her a good thing, but she won’t take treats or any positive reinforcement.
She kicks with her back legs (front declawed) like mad, screams her head off, hisses and spits, she’ll even bite me. I hush her, pet her gently, and try so hard to make her comfortable. I even pet her for a while and then go for the brush. Sometimes she “pops”. She jumps straight into the air and away she goes. Never had a cat like her before.
SHe doesn’t like being held period, so that’s not helping.
I’ve been thinking about shaving her for the summer months but I really don’t want to do that to her. She’s so gorgeous and imagining her shaved (lion cut) is really upsetting.
Do you have any tips to make this better?
some pics of her
I don’t know for sure. That’s what I was told and she fits the breed description (body type and personality when she’s not being skittish). So I just go with it lol I suppose it doesn’t matter much either way though.
oh wow. I just looked up the cymric. There’s a couple pics out there that remind me of her lol that’s pretty cool. I never knew of the cymrics before. Neat.
Answer by Percy-and-Penny
Is she really a “longhaired Manx”? If so, that breed is the “Cymric”. If it’s just a cat with a short or missing tail then it’s probably just due to a birth defect – not a Manx or Cymric.
Longhaired cats should be COMBED – not brushed. Brushes do little to remove the loose hairs of the undercoat and can pull at and break top coat hairs.
Get a good quality steel-toothed comb like this http://www.petedge.com/assets/product_images/styles/medium/TP906_230X230.JPG. You can find them at pet stores – usually in the dog section – and it will normally say “Finishing Comb” on the package. The comb will gently remove the loose hairs of the undercoat and leave the top coat intact. If this cat’s coat is really thick then you’ll have to do this at least every other day to prevent matting. If it has a light undercoat – like that of a Ragdoll/Ragamuffin – then you’ll only need to comb her about once a week.
One thing I’d definitely try with her – the magical treat – CHICKEN BABY FOOD! Cats love it and if you give her some prior to grooming and after grooming she’ll soon associate grooming with yummy food. Also trim those back nails before combing her so you don’t end up with shredded arms!