As I was sitting on the desk washing myself (my fur coat requires a lot of attention) the younger human approached me with the flea comb. She started petting me and I moved as close to her as I could. She parted my coat with her fingers, then ran the comb through my fur.
The older human said, “I’ll bring the little wastebasket over.”
“Okay,” the younger human said, then added, “Could you bring the wipes and the little bit of cornstarch left in the box? The wipes are in the box that says, “Abby’s Stuff”.
The younger human combed me some more, then said, “Oh, Abby, we need to go over to the couch. My back is bothering me.”
She picked me up, along with the wipes and the box of cornstarch, and we went over to the couch. She sat down and rubbed cornstarch in the mats in my fur. I didn’t mind her rubbing my fur, even the fur on my belly. Truthfully, I liked all the attention. She explained the cornstarch could help untangle the mats, making them easier to get out. That sounded good to me.
I felt something damp and cool on my head, and smelled a peculiar scent. The younger human showed the wipe to me, keeping a firm hand on me so I wouldn’t run away. She ran the wipe down my neck, under my chin, around the sides of my face, down my back, on my belly, and on my tail.
After she was done with the pet wipes I washed myself. The wipes made my coat smell. Since I am an inside cat, that fact wasn’t too bad. However, if I had business to attend to outside, it would be a different story. You see, any smell on my coat could alert enemies such as dogs, foxes, coyotes, or raccoons to my presence. Not good! Even though I am an indoor cat, instinct took over and so I washed.
Author’s Note: If you decide to use pet wipes, make sure the kind you get is safe for cats, since we groom ourselves so often.
2 responses to “The Abby Chronicles–Of Fleas and Flea Combs, Cornstarch, and Pet Wipes”
I will have to try the cornstarch thing on our wild Princess. She has excessively long, thick fur, and mats are often a problem. As for being wild, she has completely tamed down around me. She still runs from everyone else. I can now pick her up and hold her, and she loves being petted and combed.
Princess has come a long way. Good for you and her!