Long-haired cats are of course gorgeous, but they do need regular grooming to keep their fur in a good and healthy condition.
This cat was brought to the shelter for re-homing and it was obvious that she had not been groomed for many months. As a result her fur was in an absolutely terrible condition which would have been causing her considerable pain and discomfort. It was so thickly and tightly matted that the only way it could be dealt with was for the cat to be fully sedated at the vet, and for all of her fur to be shaved off apart from her tail and around her head and paws. The photograph shows the massive amount of matted fur which was removed from the cat – who immediately and very obviously felt much better afterwards. The fur will soon grow back and with a new owner prepared to groom her she will look like a new cat. But it should not have been necessary for the cat to have gone through all of this.
If you are thinking about getting a long-haired cat, think hard: ‘Do I have the time and commitment to properly and regularly groom the cat for its whole life?’ If the answer to that question is ‘No’, then a long-haired cat is not for you.