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RE: Long Haired Cat advice

Some try to get out all the time and some just don't. If you've got one
that really really wants to go out,  you look at the risks and mitigate
if possible; it's probably safer for them to be inside at night at the
least. I don't let mine out at all anymore, not after our own dogs
killed one of our cats. But I do feel sad they don't get to roll in the
grass and sleep in the garden.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Jesse Bell
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 11:58 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Long Haired Cat advice

If he is used to being an outdoor cat, and does not want to stay indoors
all the time..you are fighting an uphill battle if you try to enforce
it. I would let him come and go - but just make sure it has it's shots
and all that. Being outside is a risk..they can get hurt or worse...but
some cats just don't want to be "domesticated". The call of the wild is
stronger for some....

----- Original Message ----
From: DP <pulis@mindspring.com>
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Tuesday, May 6, 2008 1:12:07 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Long Haired Cat advice

Thanks for the cat advice. I will get a comb and blunt-nosed scissors.
You're right, Noreen, a mat is like felt.

Next question. ET has jumped on Dreyfuss (the elderly dog) and Diesel (2

year old cat) without provocation. Before we brought ET into the utility

room, he avoided the dog. Any way to stop this? I suspect it's alpha cat

behavior, but I'm reluctant to have him beat up my furkids.

Third question, for those of you with indoor-outdoor cats. To me, being
"inside" is being safe. ET can't live with us as it is, and he adores
outside, even though he craves attention and wants to follow me in and
If we can't find another home ( oh, yeah- he attacks shoes, too), how do
reconcile danger vs. nature?


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jesse Bell" <silverhawk@flash.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, May 05, 2008 2:28 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Long Haired Cat advice

> Same here...I've had several long hair cats...and they get into a
> routine of wanting to be brushed. I left the brush on the laundry room
> counter and when I would go in to change a load of laundry over...they
> would follow me in there and wait to be brushed. It got to the point
> where one of them actually listened for the buzzer go off on the dryer
> and he would run in there and wait for me. If I didn't brush
> knock the brush off onto the floor and start yelling at me "HEY! You
> forgot something..helloooooooooooo, brush time, remember!!! HEY"
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: "TeichFauna@aol.com" <TeichFauna@aol.com>
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Sent: Saturday, May 3, 2008 1:30:11 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Long Haired Cat advice
> We've had pretty much nothing but long haired cats.  It is  almost
> impossible to get a mat (almost like felt if it is an old mat and has
> gotten
> wet).....my suggestion would be to cut any mats out of the fur, and
> just begin a
> routine to groom the cat.  Daily is not necessary, although  you can.
> THey
> will get used to it quickly and actually enjoy  it.  My old cat
> used to
> come every morning for his grooming, if I  didn't have time, he would
> highly upset until I literally HAD to do it, just  to have peace. LOL
> I've
> never had to use a slicker brush (metal) on  our long haired cats.  A
> or a
> bristle brush would do fine.  Cats  (even some dogs) have sensitive
> and
> don't care for the feel of the  metal.  Long haired cats don't usually
> matted easily unless they  go outside.  They usually are pretty good
> getting
> anything out of  their fur themselves if it is stuck.  A treat after
> good for the  brushing, doesn't hurt either.
> Congratulations on the new kitty.
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast

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