Had to shave poor Fluffy today.

Fluffy and the Mohawk. - Poor boy, but he needed it.
Canada
October 24, 2011 3:48pm CST
Poor guy, he looks like he has a Mohawk on his back now. He had so many mats on his back, and needed to get rid of them. So I had someone hold him down while I shaved most of them off. He was not happy at all while I was doing this, but I can tell that he feels better now. He looks like a bit of a freak, but he's my lovable freak, and a happy one at that. Hopefully he doesn't get these mats again, he can't stand being brushed, but I have no choice but to try to brush him when I can.
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11 responses
• United States
24 Oct 11
What are mats and where do they come from? I feel sorry for the poor thing.
• Canada
24 Oct 11
If you don't brush your own hair for a long time, it gets tangled right? Well, this is the same thing that happens to animals. He doesn't groom himself enough, so the long fur gets tangled. If I don't keep it in control, this is what happens. He seems fine now, I think he's sleeping on my bed.
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• United States
24 Oct 11
Wow that could happen to tom tom too. he has really long hair too. we found him a new home last week.
@laniekins (4585)
• Philippines
26 Oct 11
Poor boy, I hope he would feel better. Animals will never be comfortable in human thing. I've tried to blow dry my newly cleaned dog but he barks at me and hide. They always have the feeling that they will be hurt. Just wish all the best for your dog.
@laniekins (4585)
• Philippines
26 Oct 11
May I correct myself, it's CAT and not dog.
• United States
24 Oct 11
Aw, he still looks cute from what I can see! We have a long haired orange tabby and we need to shave her in the summer since she gets too hot. We give her the lion's cut. We bring her to the vet and they shave her whole body but leave a lion's mane, some boots, and a big poof at the end of her tail. She ends up looking fabulous, about 5 pounds lighter too! She loves it when it's finished. She feels so much more comfortable.
• Canada
24 Oct 11
I would love to shave Fluffy right down to get rid of all of his matting and to clean him up, but he wont tolerate the razor for too long. But at least this helps for now, and that's all that matters.
• India
11 Apr 13
I have a Japanese Spitz. Once we decided to shave off her coat because summers are terribly hot and humid in India. After shaving she was reduced to such a little thing. Also, the coat wasn't uniform so that made it more worse. We bought a little t-shirt to cover our shabby work. Fortunately, her coat grew back in 2 months.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
19 Feb 12
I wonder if once his fur starts growing back if you could keep it a little shorter so that it doesn't start matting again. At least that way you wouldn't have to spend as much time brushing him and it isn't as likely to start matting again.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
26 Oct 11
do you mean you shave up to his back bone or did you shave the middle of his back? sure would like to see a pix... Need to trim Oliver's under arms, he's got mats there!
• United States
24 Oct 11
He furry hair color is cute though. I wonder why you did not just shave him completely? But then I am sure it was a bit difficult to have done so as much as you did. It will grow back so that will not be an issue. Yeah sometimes when the hair gets matted there is no other choice. He really has to feel lighter now.
@jugsjugs (13045)
24 Oct 11
I had a cat that use to matt all the time, but the reason was due to the cat laying in cold damp places, as it had a thioride problem.I had to get the vet to shave my cat twice a year, as she had to be sedated.Cost a lot of money getting a cats hair cut, but money well spent if you ask me.
@weasel81 (2501)
• Australia
24 Oct 11
I hated having to try and trim mats with the sicssors, mum would hold the cat down while i got rid of them. This was with a few of the cats who were out side cats not inside ones. I'd also accidently cut their skin sometimes cause the hair was that tight. The dogs are worse to do at times.
@trisha27 (3498)
• United States
24 Oct 11
Aw, poor fluffy. Did you give him treats and hugs. Let him know that it'll grow back. I've never shaved my animals althogh I just cut into the mats. I had a cat who hated to be brushed and she was always matted.
@GardenGerty (104154)
• United States
24 Oct 11
I have never had to shave a pet. My cats get used to brushing when I do it a lot. We do what we have to to take care of our pets. My niece shaved the belly of Jasper, a bob tailed, long haired something or other. He is pretty, but strange. His mats were all on his belly.