Grooming the Beast

Tammy and Brian trimmed their dogs Sam and Charlie and sent me pics today so I got motivated and gave Steve a solid grooming. It was a bit sketchy at times:

But afterwards he looks handsome:

And since he was such a good boy I gave him a little bit of his breakfast for tomorrow as a treat for tonight (updated to clarify- I only let him eat for the length of the video and then took it away and put it in the fridge for tomorrow).

Boy can eat.

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    A LITTLE BIT! That is the whole day’s ration for each of my guys!

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    Mike J says:

    Watching At Last the 1948 Show. I’m sure I’m the last person on earth to watch this 1967 comedy show, but I’ve been busy since then.

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    John Cole says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: How much do your guys weigh? Also, he didn’t eat the whole bowl. I let him have what he ate in that video clip and then put it in the fridge.

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    He’s really beautiful, Cole. I was thinking today that I need to start brushing my guys with spring coming. Their winter coats have been luxurious.

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    Ric and Zooey were around 12-13 pounds when I brought them home a year ago. They’ve bulked up a little bit. A friend estimated Zooey at 15 the other day, and Rick is less, maybe 14, but I haven’t weighed them. They get a half-can of Friskies each a day, and a half-cup of kibble. The kibble is free-eating from a food tree, so I think Zooey may get more, but not by a lot.

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    And with that, good night!

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    @John Cole: He’s magnificent.

    My little 14 yr old, 8 lb calico would polish off that bowl and then push out one of her brothers and start on his. I have no idea where she puts it all …the vet worried about how skinny she is – but her blood work is great. She’s always eaten more than her much larger buds.

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    sfinny says:

    Steve looks wonderful. I am setting up an appointment with the vet for a cat that refuses to get in the carrier. I expect I will be carrying him attached to me with his claws for the vet review.

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    HumboldtBlue says:

    Steve is smooth.

    He could hang with the Obamas.

    (and can I just say among us here that the hard rock garage band next door has all the rhythm of mud. Sweet mother of a minor chord they suck.)

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    Davebo says:

    The Vet literally puts my girlfriends Persian to sleep to groom her.

    I still think it’s just an excuse to charge crazy prices.

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    Yutsano says:

    Proper authoritahs shall be alerted.

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    Planetpundit says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: treat the cat tree with catnip spray and put a towel with your scent on it might get them climbing

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    Anne Laurie says:


    The Vet literally puts my girlfriends Persian to sleep to groom her.

    I still think it’s just an excuse to charge crazy prices.

    If she’s a ‘push-faced’ short-nosed Persian, and she gets stressed when she’s groomed, the vet may have decided it’s safer to sedate her than to have the poor cat literally pass out because she can’t breathe.

    (This is one reason why I wouldn’t own a push-faced Persian myself, but it’s not the cat’s fault she comes from an overbred line.)

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    Yarrow says:

    Steve looks so sweet in that second picture. No wonder you decided he deserved a little treat.

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    Joy in FL says:

    Steve is magnificent.

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    SWMBO says:

    You took the food dish away and it wasn’t empty yet?! Do you have a death wish?!

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    ThresherK says:

    @Davebo: Neither of our cats likes to be brushed or groomed with any device and we tried them all. A wet hand is really the only thing which half works.

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    danielx says:

    Steve does look distressed in that first pic.

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    HumboldtBlue says:

    @Corner Stone:


    Sometimes I feel like I should run next door with a clarinet or some maracas.

    Just a little pep.

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    Aleta says:

    Poor poor Steve. In Scene 1 he looks like the guy in a movie who wakes up in confusion and horror, no idea how he landed in this hellscape. And thinks he might be going mad. In Scene 2 he gets a grip, realizes he must play along with his captor, who comes from another species and is the actual lunatic.

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    Aleta says:

    @HumboldtBlue: Thank you **so** much for this.

    Your band next door … vs the hockey players house two doors down across the street. Every Thur and Sat night they’re practicing the same phrase for hours, two drum sets and two electric bass. Nice guys waiting for job openings in forestry. Can’t seem to move their band forward.

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    Repatriated says:

    @sfinny: The trick to getting a cat into a carrier is to get one with a removable top. Take the top off and it’s an open box, and therefore irresistible.

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    rikyrah says:

    Steve looks cute in that second picture. Not scary at all 😄

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    pat says:

    Reluctant cat in cat carrier: Set the carrier on end with the door up. Grab cat, hold back legs together, lower cat back-legs first. This works for Pablo. The pet-taxi is a large one, so it isn’t a squeeze to get him in.

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    Johannes says:

    Beautiful cat, Cole! And Cheryl—yeah, been there too.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    Steve is a beauty. I so miss talking baby talk to my kitties.

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    MikeInOly says:

    Steve is so magnificent. I just love his type. He is so like our Gracie that we lost a few years ago. Sad cat news here yesterday. MVet found a tumor under my Dandy’s tongue and it appears very aggressive. A few weeks to a few months and we’ll be sending him across the rainbow bridge. I’m just heartbroken.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    I’m so sorry. Always such a hard thing to do.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Sorry about the bad news. My condolences.

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