Here goes! Max is long-haired and I'm able to comb his belly, back and sides, but refused to let me get near the back end (must be a male pride thing!!)
For tangles on his hips, I use a flea comb to gently separate the knot then use a wider-tooth comb to finish the job. I've been told "never use sissors" because you can accidently cut the kitty's skin. Well, I have used sissors on occasion but mostly use the comb.
As far as the back end is concerned, his baggy-pants get shaved off twice a year at the groomers. That way I don't lose a couple of fingers....
Good luck and welcome to PT! We are all here to help, no matter what the subject!!
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