Ok, so every week, I have an epic battle of wills in my household. Yes, grooming time.
I have a variety of tools, the furminator (my favorite!) a zoomgroom, a slicker brush, a grooming mitt, and a soft bristle/pin brush that I don't really use.. (I really got this brush when JB got sick and I had to brush out his pants/belly every time he went to the bathroom to brush off the cat litter and untangle any dribbles he had along the way.) ANYHOW...
I mainly use the furminator and run the mitt over the cats to finish. My DSH tolerates being furminated, (I wouldn't say he loves/likes it, but he sits still and lets me brush him, and sometimes even stretches out for me.) My Persian mix, on the other hand, fights me, tooth and nail (LITERALLY!!!) when it comes time for him to be brushed.
So, in desperation, I searched for "persian grooming" on youtube and found some videos and of course, I got conflicting information. Some say not to use slicker brushes because the bristles are sharp. Some swear by them. Some say to use slicker brushes with the little plastic balls on the ends because that's safer for kitty's delicate skin, while others say the balls can pull the hair and cause pain. ::headdesk:: I figure I am just getting a little overzealous with the furminator, since I get SO. MUCH. HAIR. off of both my cats with it, and it probably does hurt a bit when I'm getting towards the end, when my LH cat starts fighting me. I'm looking to add another tool (or two?) to my routine to help eliminate some of the need for the furminator, besides a couple swipes down their backs/around their necks instead of relying on it for the entire grooming session.
What tools do you use? Do your cats enjoy grooming time? What do you do to make it less of a traumatic experience? LOL Please, enlighten me!