For me the problem started this spring when Twiggy and Twursula started shedding their winter coats. I would often groom them when they were sitting on the kitty condo. The problem with doing it there was I didn’t have a trash can near by to put the fur into. And so we began the transition to the bathroom. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
Now they have me trained. Twiggy and Twursula will sit outside the office and cry until I get up and follow them. When I do they will lead me into the bathroom crying the entire way. Hubby will often remark “Did Timmy fall down the well again?” Once they lure me into the bathroom they will immediately jump on top of the toilet seat to be groomed. We are very diligent about keeping the lid closed, I hate the idea of them drinking out of the toilet. I’m sure if we forgot and left the lid up one of them would be wet by now. They get so demanding about being groomed they don’t even look before they leap! They sit on the toilet, I sit on the edge of the tub. The cat comb lives on top of Amara’s step stool right next to the little trash can that is now always filled with fur!
They think the bathroom is theirs exclusively. Should I happen to actually need to use the toilet one of them will beat me in there and jump up before I can even sit down! I almost squashed Shebee the other day! That is the disadvantage to leaving the lid down.
You will notice in the first 2 pictures that the girls do not have their collars on. Twiggy and Twursula have come to expect that part of the grooming ritual means being collar free and since they are both very good about letting me put their collar back on them I oblige.
Shebee is much less demanding then the girls. She never sits outside the office crying for me to get up and come groom her but she will get right in line behind the other 2 if she gets the chance. Grooming one of them while the other 2 are waiting gets a bit scary. But Shebee does love being groomed. She has really long fur and since she was a stray for so long she has some really bad dreadlocks on her tummy and try as I may she really needs to see a professional groomer. I have to be very careful when I am combing her. She gets all excited and tries to bat at the comb and my hand seems to get in the way! Lots more band aids being used since Shebee came to live with us. You’ll also notice she has her collar on! Unlike T&T she is NOT good at letting me take her collar on and off and so we just groom around it.
You’ll notice I’ve pretty much given up trying to refer to Shebee as him.