By Lindsay Adams
Let's be honest. Sometimes all of that long hair around your Persian's rear end can cause trouble. You might notice "something" hanging on after a trip to the litter box. A sanitary clip can save both you and your cat a lot of heartache.
It is easier to let a groomer or even a vet handle it for you. Since not all vets or groomers will be able or willing to do it, here are some basic instructions on how to do it yourself.
To keep your cat distracted during the procedure, you can give him/her a toy to play with or have another person help prevent the cat from making unexpected movements.
- Start by grooming the cat thoroughly giving special attention to the rear end. Thus the fur gets untangled, and the cat gets used to you being busy in that area.
- Use very sharp, small scissors. Start around the backside and lift the fur with a comb to avoid accidentally cutting into the skin. When you trim, leave the fur about 1/2 an inch long.
- Then trim the back part of the upper-rear legs and the underside of the tail leaving about 3 or 4 inches in length.
Optional: If you have a deshedding tool, such as the Furminator, you might use that as well to thin out some of the hair.
Source: Birgit F.