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User: catsnotkids (posted by wickedwisdom)
Date: 2010-08-05 11:14
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Anyone have any tips on how to make it easier to brush my cat?

She hates being brushed. I've had her for three years and its always been a struggle to keep her groomed.

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Lizzie Girl: cleo
User: lizzielizzie
Date: 2010-08-05 16:53 (UTC)
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Is she a long hair or a short hair? If she's a long hair prone to matting, try working them out with your fingers while you are petting her, and saving the brush for the final step.

If she's a short hair, try putting the brush next to her but not using it on her. Once she gets used to the brush's presence, try brushing her once or twice while you are holding her and she's calm.

My cat has a love/hate relationship with the brush. She always tries to bite it, however she purrs the entire time I brush her. I know she likes it because she'll flip over and move around so I get into all the nooks and crannies with the brush. Weirdo cat.
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User: darkamber
Date: 2010-08-05 18:54 (UTC)
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Have you tried to alternate between petting and brushing, then giving her a treat if she accepts a brush or two, as a way of getting her used to it?
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not exactly friendly: joyful noise
User: violet_serene
Date: 2010-08-06 14:16 (UTC)
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This is what I had to do with one of my cats, basically keep him distracted with treats (you can break them up into smaller pieces so she doesn't get too much) while I was brushing him.

You could try different styles of brushes (maybe the bristles on the one you're using are too sharp or they pull at her fur?) and there are also "grooming gloves" which have rubber ridges on them to collect hair while you're petting. And (although I'm sure you're frustrated) try to relax while you're brushing her; cats can totally pick up on emotions, and if you're anxious, she's going to get anxious. Lots of treats and lots of praise and keep the brushing sessions short so she doesn't freak out.
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Melissa: Rawr
User: lolitabonita
Date: 2010-08-06 13:28 (UTC)
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I have had trouble getting Tom Bosley to let me brush him for more than a couple strokes. He's a short hair, but sheds a lot. Come to find out after a couple strokes the brush was shocking him, just like rubbing your socks on the carpet. So now I do a couple swipes and then touch the brush with my hand and go back to petting. So it might have something to do with that.
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