(sighs bravely with head held high) (sniff) Alright Mom, I'm ready.
(sniff, ahem) I'm having a bit of a problem that I want to talk to all the girls about. It's such an embarassment I can hardly bring myself to mention it, but Mom says I should be brave and "go public" with it. That way, maybe I can help some other girls who might be going through the same thing and be too ashamed to let anyone know.
It's...well... it's about a grooming issue. I'm proud to say I keep myself very clean and have no offensive body odors. I bathe carefully after every meal. My paws are pristine, my bib is sparkling white, my whiskers and eyebrows are beautifully groomed and curved. My eyes are bright, my ears are pink, clean and healthy and I have fresh breath.
So Tipp, what's the problem, you may ask. Well, it's about my fur. I have c...c..(sniff)...cl... (sniff, sniff)
Go on dear, you can say it.
(wipes tears away) I don't think I can, Mom...I'm too embarassed!
Yes you can. All your friends will understand. I'm sure lots of them have the same problem
Do you really think so?
Yes, I'm sure of it.
(sniff) Alright. (takes deep breath, sniff) OK, here goes. I have cl...cl...CLUMPS! (collapses in a heap, sobbing)
While Tipper regains her composure, I'll tell you about her problem. There's an area she can't reach in her grooming. It's on her lower back, about 3" above the base of her tail. Even though she's short haired, she gets these mats of fur that need to be cut off. She doesn't like being brushed so that's not a good option. She will allow hand petting in that area when she's on my lap, but not for very long. She just seems to have so much loose fur and can't reach that area to get at it, so it mats together. Our other cats don't have this problem.
All Crew members eat only Iams hairball formula dry food, with a treat of tuna liquid a few times a month. She likes cat treats (tartar control variety, only a few times a week) and table food (which we don't give her very often). I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar problem and has any suggestions on what to do so these mats don't happen so often. Does anyone know of a food additive or treat that's supposed to improve fur quality? I was even wondering if Vitamin E gel pills or some oil would help.
Are you ready to talk again, Tipp?
Yes, thank you. (sniff) I hope my coming forward about my problem will help other girls, and that someone out there will be able to help me. Mom, you can show them the pictures now.