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Re: Long Haired Cat advice

I've always let my cats go out during the day, if that's what they wanted to do, but made them stay in at night.

On May 6, 2008, at 11:57 AM, Jesse Bell wrote:

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 being outside, even though he craves attention and wants to follow me in and out. If we can't find another home ( oh, yeah- he attacks shoes, too), how do you
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 him...he'd
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
wet).....my suggestion would be to cut any mats out of the fur, and then
just begin a
routine to groom the cat.  Daily is not necessary, although  you can.
will get used to it quickly and actually enjoy it. My old cat Flaksey
used to
come every morning for his grooming, if I didn't have time, he would get
highly upset until I literally HAD to do it, just  to have peace. LOL
never had to use a slicker brush (metal) on our long haired cats. A comb
or a
bristle brush would do fine. Cats (even some dogs) have sensitive skin,
don't care for the feel of the metal. Long haired cats don't usually get matted easily unless they go outside. They usually are pretty good about
anything out of their fur themselves if it is stuck. A treat after being
good for the  brushing, doesn't hurt either.

Congratulations on the new kitty.
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

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Island Jim
Willamette Valley
44.99 N 123.04 W
Elevation 148'
Hardiness Zone 8/9
Heat Zone 5
Sunset Zone 6
Minimum 0 F [-15 C]
Maximum 86 F [30 C]

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