Many dog lovers are cat lovers, too, so it’s only natural to have added a cat column, Kitty Corner, to the Bay Woof lineup. I was ignorant to the fact that there are trained cat behaviorists out there and in the Bay Area who can help solve people’s cat woes, though I do have a friend who once told me about consulting with a so-called cat whisperer when she was trying to introduce a new cat to the household.
I have been delighted to be in touch with cat experts in our area for this new column and have some interesting experts lined up for upcoming Kitty Corner installments. In the meantime, when a publicist told me about U.K. cat behaviorist Anita Kelsey and her new book Claws: Confessions of a Cat Groomer, I invited Kelsey via email to contribute and asked her to suggest a topic. She agreed and wanted to tackle “cats and matting, because it’s such an important subject and I see many cats who are pelted/matted.”
Pelted and matted? Yikes, did she mean skinning a cat for its pelt and then matting it somehow, like taxidermy? Of course not. Before steering her in another less, well, bizarre direction, I googled “pelted cats” and “matted cats” and was relieved to learn both — naturally — are grooming terms, as in matted and pelted fur. Essentially knots and dreadlock-like clumps in the cat’s fur. Turns out this can be a big problem for cats, especially longhaired ones. See how to keep your kitty sleek and happy in this month’s Kitty Corner column.
Don’t let this cat talk put off you dog fans, because Bay Woof hasn’t gone to the cats yet. This is the Working Dogs issue, and coverage includes articles about how a guide dog has vastly improved his person’s life , what the BART K9 Unit members do, and how a giant breed of guard dog, the Great Pyrenees, won the heart and soul of a champion breeder and shower.