My cats. My loves. The ones I would do anything for. Gizmo. My tabby girl. By furriest of all girls. Alas, in this particular summer Gizmo's fur has been causing her some issues. She sheds throughout the whole year, and has a very thick coat. I have long suspected she had a double coat. When you brush her, you get amazing amounts of fur out but there is still always more to come! She normally gets the odd furball in summer, but this year has been particularly bad... especially regarding what happens at the other end... too much fur. I am currently working on a paper doing a retrospective study of foreign body obstructions in cats, and furballs form quite a number of these. I have no desire for Gizmo to end up in my study and under the surgeon's knife. As such, I made the hard decision to... CLIP HER! Eeeep!
It was not a choice I made lightly. I love her fur. Even if it does end up everywhere. I love it. It is such a part of her. And now I was taking her to work with me to have it all removed. Well, except for her head, her tail and her booties. Of course.
I took Gizmo in to see her aunty Shelley (a nurse at work) to do the clip. I had Siti, another vet, anaesthetise her. I don't work on my cats. What follows below is the outcome...
NEKKID!! Considering she is considered a shorthaired cat, she had an amazingly thick double coat. It took a while for the clippers to get through it all! And it all fell away and went in the bin. *sniffles*
Shelley did an excellent job, but Gizmo and I are both still getting used to it. I'm going to get a brush called a Furminator, which has a reputation as the best brush for getting rid of fur and under coat, for when it starts growing back in.
She's still perfect though :)