I have been a cat-owner all of my adult life. Their personalities are fascinating and they make great lap-warmers in the winter. Our cats think they make great lap-warmers even in the heat of summer, but that’s a whole different story.
Our gray cat, Zane, named after Zane Gray, the author of several western novels, weighs almost 20 lbs. As one friend puts it, he is a big boy. When Zane is on my lap there is room for nothing else. Zane is our weather forecaster, at least when it comes to rain. He is afraid of rain and before it even starts he heads for the basement.
This is the first year that Zane’s fur has matted. Not because it is long but because it is thick. It is the soft undercoat that in a few places has turned into a thick mat of inter-woven fur. A brush or comb will not phase it. It needs to be cut out. Fortunately, Zane doesn’t seem to care how he looks