|Beautiful Brulee and her challenging fur|
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Mom Paula: As stated above, Brulee and Truffle have been a challenge to groom. I was spoiled with how easily it was to groom Sweet Praline and wasn't prepared for two Persians with long, thick fur who didn't like grooming. Truffle came to live with me at about 14 weeks of age and accepted a soft brushing of her fur and occasional clipping of her nails. Brulee was a different story. She was about 10 weeks of age when she came to live with us and was a squirmy little worm from the beginning. She didn't like being placed on her back and clipping her toenails has been a lesson in patience and persistence. She didn't like brushing or combing and would scream loudly as if I were killing her. Truffle would run and hide when I would begin a grooming session with Brulee. I've gone as far as having an animal communicator talk to Brulee about grooming and the response was "it hurts." I've tried almost every recommended comb and slicker brush out there and Brulee didn't like any of them. I felt the tips of the pins of the combs and slicker brushes and realized that they were a little pointed. I was determined not to shave my beautiful Persians and continued to seek out that comb/brush that would work on both of the girls' fur.
|Resco® grooming products|
I was lucky to meet some representatives from Resco® Grooming and Handling Products at Global Pet Expo this past Spring. I was explaining the challenge of grooming the girls and said I was trying to find a slicker brush that wasn't so sharp to use on Truffle and Brulee because I'd read that I needed to use a slicker brush when first beginning a grooming session. They showed me the Pro Series Small Slicker Brush and when I touched the tips of the brush, they didn't feel as sharp. A slicker brush is good because it removes loose fur and smooths and finishes the coat of almost any breed. The pins of the Pro Series slicker brush are dual-height stainless steel pins that make brushing a little easier for the groomer (me) and painless for the girls. The Pro Series slicker brush comes in two sizes (large and small) to fit any hand. The slicker brush has radiused and curved corners that allows me to grip the brush back comfortably where I have better control to work on the girls. The handles are ergonomic and are co-molded soft rubber which makes it easier to handle, even if wet. The representatives gave me a small slicker brush to bring home and try on the girls. Even though many instructional videos on grooming Persian cats say you should use the slicker brush first; I've found that isn't the case with Truffle and Brulee. I need to begin with a good comb that will get down underneath the layers of fur to comb out all the loose fur and find knots. I did find this slicker brush much easier to use and both Truffle and Brulee are more accepting of its use, especially on their tender tummies.
|Resco® Ergo Comb and Pro Series Small Slicker Brush|
As I continued talking with the Resco representatives about the challenges of getting underneath all of the girls' fur with a comb that had longer pins that weren't sharp, they showed me the Resco® Ergo Combs. I found this comb to be different from any of the other combs I'd tried on the girls the past five years. The Ergo Combs are made with an aluminum handle that is comfortable in my hand. The pins are made of steel and are press-fitted into a brass shank and then nickel-plated. This unique assembly is then attached to the aluminum handle, which creates a strong and durable grooming comb. I was given the No. 80 comb with coarse pins to try out with the girls. This comb has an all-new aluminum extruded, contoured handle that is both light weight and strong. The comfort-fit handle is designed to fit perfectly in your hand. I can't explain how different and wonderful this comb felt when I put it in my hand. It was very easy to handle, didn't press into my skin like traditional metal combs, and was light weight. The Ergo Combs come in three sizes: medium with 35 pins, coarse with 25 pins, and a combination which combines both coarse and medium teeth. The test was how well it worked on Truffle and Brulee.
|Using the Resco® Ergo No. 80 comb on Truffle|
I don't often get extremely impressed with a grooming product, but I am amazed with this comb. You can see in the photo above how well the comb gets into Truffle's thick fur. The comb isn't really as large as the photo because of the perspective of the photo. Try holding your Persian cat, combing her, and taking a photo at the same time! The comb was very comfortable to use and both of the girls sat comfortably in my lap while I combed them. Even Brulee was more relaxed and allowed me to comb most of her fur without resistance. I can find knots easier with this comb, which allows me to work them out better without hurting the girls. I must tell you that I've also reward the girls with a treat after their grooming session, so they are little more willing to sit for a few moments. I'm thankful Brulee has a flat face with a small mouth because she's bitten me twice in the past. She didn't break the skin, but I had a major bruise. When Brulee has had enough (she lets me know with a screeching meow and an almost bite), I let her loose and she walks away, but turns around waiting for her treat. I credit the less painful grooming session with the Ergo Comb and the tasty treats with a more successful grooming session. The video below shows a short session of grooming with the Ergo Comb on Truffle. You can see how relaxed she is and how well the comb works.
I was also given a Resco® Original Guillotine-Style Animal Nail Trimmer for cats to try on the girls. Resco invented the animal nail trimmer in 1937. They invented the replaceable blade feature in 1972 and the design is so unique that it is patented. I'd always used the "scissor-style" trimmers because of my smaller hands. I was interested in trying the Resco cat trimmer because of it's smaller size and the guillotine-styled handle. The deluxe version has handle grips and color powder coating. The cat trimmer is red and weighs about 2.25 ounces. I like the action of this trimmer and it fits great in my smaller hands. Truffle and Brulee have very small paws and white nails among the silvery-white feet, which makes finding and trimming their nails difficult. Although I loved the feel of the trimmers in my hand and the action of the trimmers, it was difficult to hold the girls (especially squirming Brulee) and see their nails with this trimmer. I'll continue to work with them and the trimmer in the future because of the cleanness of the nail trim.
|Brulee demonstrating the Resco® products and the amount of fur that was removed with the comb and slicker brush.|
You can see the above products and many others on the Resco website. These products aren't available in the average pet stores, but you can find a local distributor at the Find a Distributor webpage to purchase the products. I was able to locate the Ergonomic Pet Comb, Original Cat Nail Clippers, and Professional Slicker Brush on Amazon. I encourage both my cat and dog readers to explore the grooming products offered by Resco and consider purchasing them to help your fur child look the best she can look.