Brothers Rusty and Elliot have very long beautiful fur, but Rusty's fur mats easily and Elliot's doesn't. When Rusty came back to me, he had a few small areas of matted fur even though (I'd been told) he had been brushed every day. I don't doubt for a second he had been cared for properly, and he was just as loving when he returned "home" as when he'd been adopted. So the matted areas may simply not have been noticed by his family. He IS a very hairy kitty. At any rate, I took him to a groomer a few weeks ago after allowing him time to adjust to being back home. I hadn't even returned home before the groomer called and said Rusty was not cooperating. She said he jumped off her table twice, hissed and growled, and wiggled free from the collar she had put on him. Her advice was to have him sedated in order to be groomed and I was having none of that. I knew Rusty must have been frightened by something and sure enough, when I picked him up, I learned the groomer had kept barking dogs in the same room with my boy. Before leaving him, I had told her he was very afraid of barking dogs. She didn't listen. Why would she think she knew my animal better than I did? The best part was when she informed me she wasn't going to charge anything for that visit. I should think not! Rusty was so happy to get out of there and I was relieved to have him back with me. I've been grooming him myself, which I should have done in the first place, and he's doing just fine. I don't try to restrain him and I give him as many breaks as he needs. He hasn't once growled or hissed. I think he knows I'm attempting to help him. We have some work left to do, but we'll soon have him mat-free again. Is he a sweet boy or what?