It has been what seems to be ages since I last posted anything about cats. Based on last week's entries, I might as well have changed the title of my blog to Frequently Equine. Barbaro's birthday week was so important, since he made such a deep impression on me, leaving a huge hole in my heart. But now I am back to business as usual, and feel compelled to return to our wonderful felines, for the moment at least.
My friend Andy is owned by a beautiful white cat (with a touch of gray on the top of his head), who is affectionately referred to as Butthead. Andy described his fur as a "million per square inch and very thick". At the height of the shedding season, she finds it impossible to leave her house without "wearing at least half of him". So in order to help both Butthead (by keeping him cooler), and also to save her from leaving the house wearing an extra layer of fur, she takes out her trusty clipper to give him a shave and a haircut with the help of a friend.
The process takes about 30 minutes. Butthead, a "great cat", often whines and complains while being subjected to his new coif, but never bites or claws. He probably knows by now that he will be a lot more comfy in the long run.
Andy does have to vacuum both herself and her friend when they are finished. I am sure that Butthead is not thrilled with the noisy vacuum monster. But he has heart and is very brave.
Butthead was clipped recently. Andy lives in New England where the early spring nights can get quite chilly,temperatures often reaching into the 30s. Since Andy does not want Butthead to catch a cold, she lavishes him with a little sweater to keep him warm.
Andy wrote a little more detail concerning Butthead's beautification, "These photos were taken about 2 months after his last hair cut last year. You can see we didn't do as good of a job. Now we really get closer and do more leaving a Mohawk We concentrate on his feet and a poof on the tip of his tail along with just his face so we don't clip any whiskers. Bailey Butthead Polar Bear is his nickname...Bailey was what he was given, but I call him Butthead, and everyone who meets him calls him Polar Bear due to his size. Butthead is around 8 years old now and is strictly an indoor cat."
Do you do any special things with your cats to keep them comfortable? Leave a comment and let us know.