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Cleo has been looking a little scruffy lately, so I decided that it was time for a grooming session. She was excited about it. That's not really a good thing because an excited Cleo is a whirling dervish Cleo. It's like she can't decide where she wants to be combed first, so she just scampers around and around, trying to give me different parts of herself.

Well, anyway... I got her all combed out and looking lovely. When I was done, she gave a little shake to fluff up her fur. (I love it when she does that.) Then she jumped off the couch, flopped herself on the floor, and rolled around in her sunbeam. When she stood up, she had that all-over bed-head look and you would never guess that she had ever in her life been groomed.

Date: 2009-04-06 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snigglepiggles.livejournal.com
Hmm, wonder if Cleo has been talking to Mirabelle. Seems to be that Mira has been doing that a lot lately.

Date: 2009-04-06 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cleothecat.livejournal.com
I wonder if they are trying to loosen up their winter coats when they roll around like that. Or maybe the dead undercoat itches and needs to be scratched.

I'm not sure how it is with your cats. Cleo is the only fluffy kitty I've ever had. She grows this amazing winter coat. After we get that off her in the spring, she is almost like a short-haired cat. I don't know if that is a Maine coon thing or if Persians do that too.

Date: 2009-04-06 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snigglepiggles.livejournal.com
Well, Mirabelle is a goofball and she rolls around being crazy, playing by herself or with the others. She's very rebellious toward her Persian nature. She's not content to look and act like a prim and proper Persian... She'd rather be a nut case, raggamuffin. Could be that the rolling is in part their attempt at sloughing off their winter coat. Never thought about it but how else would they go about facilitating the process?

Persians are definitely "naked" come spring and summer. In fact, after May, a lot of your hard core Persian breeders don't bring their cats out to shows as much because they don't have that massive, trademark coat in the warmer months. Mirabelle and Moses' coats are still quite long during that time but they don't look like they weigh 20 pounds anymore since most of the undercoat is gone.

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