I got a box in the mail from my friend, Marley! I could smell it clear across the room. I asked Mom to help me get the box open. It was..... A catnip sausage! What to do? Toss it? Lick it? Sniff it? Fall asleep on it?
Last, but not least, this is the most difficult, troublesome and touchy area for long-haired kitties to get clumps in their furs. It is bad enough when someone starts running a brush over your back, but most kitties don't like peoples pulling clumps from their sensitive areas. Sometimes they will call in another family member to hog-tie you so you can't move. (So I've been told.)
In case you can't tell, this is my clump-free derriere.
As you can see, there is real potential here for problems. I spend a lot of time every day smoothing out my furs so they look nice. Mom sneaks up from behind now and then and quickly runs a comb through, just in case there's a problem there. (She hasn't found one yet.)
So, I need your comments here.
Why do I not get clumps like other long-haired kitties? Is it because I am a boy? (The Mandu before me was a girl and she had LOTS of problems with clumps.) Mom read somewhere that long-haired RagDoll kitties don't get clumps. Could it be that my great-great-great-great-grandfather was a RagDoll and that's why I am clump-free? (By the way, I am not bragging--just thankful.)
I have to tell you that I take very good care of my furs.
However, I know a lot of kitties with long furs have a real problem with clumps developing under the legs, where they connect with the body. When I am lying on my back (picture not shown), Mom takes a soft brush and, starting at the neck, she brushes all the way to the end (where my tail connects). I have never had any clumps anywhere on my body, but it can be a problem for some long-haired kitties in the late Spring (when the weather starts warming up). Some kitties need some combing and scissor snipping here, in addition to the brushing.
A little secret: I am VERY ticklish on my tummy, when Mom brushes me there!!
Next (and final posting on the subject): The worst place to get clumps .