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The Furstival of Shears [Dec. 7th, 2011|07:16 am]
kyle cassidy
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There are many holidays in the month of December; Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, Santa Lucia Day, Ashura -- in our house is also celebrated the bi-anual shaving of Her Royal Highness Milla who will tolerate no brushing and can't be bothered with grooming herself. So, on or about the solstices we shave her.

The Furstival of the Shears, as it is known, is usually a week-long standoff between us and Milla, we'll all be sitting on the sofa and pounce on her unawares and start shaving her dreadlocks off until she finally puts and end to it and either injures one of us significantly or manages to squirm under the sofa -- if you've been to the house during the Furstival, you've no doubt seen Milla walking around dragging a partially shorn slab of matted hair looking like a pork chop attached to her hip. We work in small ten minute increments.

This summer however HRH had to have some teeth removed so while she was under we had the vets at The Cat Doctor shave her too. And it was splendid. She had a ferocious lion mane, little booties, and a puffy ball at the end of her tail -- like a sculpted poodle. Previously it was such a fight, we'd just cut off the dreads and left everything else.

"There must be a better way," I thought. My first suspicion fell on the Whal beard trimmer I'd been using on her. "I bet professional groomers don't use beard trimmers," I thought.

Enter the Oster Turbo 5A dual speed grooming shear with accessory "heavy matt" blade.

Recommended on amazon by people who carve tiny little dogs from great balls of fur every day the Oster made short work of Milla's dreads and gave cause to really, really celebrate the Furstival of the Shears for the furst time.

Glamour photos of HRH Milla's new doo to follow, no doubt.

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[User Picture]From: yackersmaren
2011-12-07 09:01 pm (UTC)


I am going to have to get that for Isis!!!! I have tried the beard trimmer and the dog trimmers but her hair is so fine!!! Thanks I will be looking into this!!!

PS, I'm sure Milla still didn't love it.
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[User Picture]From: sassy_54
2011-12-07 09:07 pm (UTC)
That sounds like us trying to trim our little dog's nails... Not a pretty scene. And if someone heard what was happening without seeing it, they'd be certain we were killing him. So sad...
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[User Picture]From: solstice_lilac
2011-12-07 09:18 pm (UTC)
O, so much hair. Her ears are back, but at least it looks like she is holding still. I love Milla. Looking forward to her glamour shots.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-12-07 09:59 pm (UTC)
No, that was Thunderbelly.
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[User Picture]From: pds_lit
2011-12-07 10:43 pm (UTC)
I hope Trillian knit her a cat sweater. Honestly, it would be better if you just took 5 minutes each day with a brush. Really, they do get used to it and end up enjoying it.
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[User Picture]From: trillian_stars
2011-12-08 10:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, we've tried for years.
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[User Picture]From: moofoot
2011-12-07 11:26 pm (UTC)
Just be very careful when shaving down a cat -- their skin is not connected to muscle tissue like a dog's and it's very easy to slice them open with a clipper blade! And remember, always shave WITH the direction of the hair -- if you shave backwards, it'll be surgical short!

The A5's are nice. Heavy and loud, but nice.

/dog groomer commentary
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2011-12-07 11:44 pm (UTC)
I love this story! Hooray Furstival of the Shears!
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[User Picture]From: zebrallama
2011-12-07 11:53 pm (UTC)
Coincidentally, we just had our aplacas sheared. (Don't worry, they're pet alpacas, not farmed.)

Now they look a bit silly.

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[User Picture]From: pullthestars
2011-12-08 12:16 am (UTC)
I do like the fuzzy ears on the one on the right :)
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[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2011-12-08 12:21 am (UTC)
Yay! Sometimes specialized tools actually do better the specialized things they are made to do.

Though I do fondly remember an afternoon spent trying to shave her tail...
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From: steanne
2011-12-08 12:48 am (UTC)
you could make another cat!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-12-08 06:10 pm (UTC)
you should have seen it when it all got sucked up into the Dyson -- it looked like 3 gallons of weird soup.
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[User Picture]From: iamshadow
2011-12-08 02:30 am (UTC)
Oster do make really good clippers. Our set are nearly two decades old, and they're still going. We have a standard poodle, and he's very much a once or twice a year clip situation, too. He gets really long and dredded over winter, then when it comes to spring, we clip him really short.
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[User Picture]From: Zoe Sotet
2011-12-08 04:04 am (UTC)
She can't be 'bothered' to groom herself? That's.... unusual for a cat.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-12-08 04:24 pm (UTC)
Not for Milla. Her nose is so high in the air she bumps into walls.

I imagine she'd make a great character in literature. She thinks she's the queen, but she dresses like a bag lady.
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[User Picture]From: devotdsatellite
2011-12-08 04:38 am (UTC)
we just shaved luma cos she had picked up a few fleas. much easier to pick them off her and it helps with her hair balls!
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[User Picture]From: spacedlaw
2011-12-08 08:08 am (UTC)
Poor kitty. Did she draw blood this time? Did you sculpt her into a Chinese dragon?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-12-08 06:10 pm (UTC)
she got trillian across the stomach like a samurai but calmed down after that. we did no sculpting, just de-dreding.
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[User Picture]From: themouseketeer
2011-12-08 11:35 am (UTC)
We just celebrated the Furstival of the Shears with our Boys, too!

Annual booster jabs and the vet did the job for us this morning. Well, he just shaved off the matted bits so they are rather patchy. Not so fetching, but functional.

Now to remember to *brush* them a bit more. Not so long haired but very thick undercoats.
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