All right, here's the situation. I wrote about Max and his horrible mats. Well, thanks to the info on this forum, the hubby and I decided that the cat needs to be shaved. Problem 1: in this small town, only ONE grooming place accepts cats, and only if they're well-behaved. Problem 2: Whenever Max leaves the house, he turns into kitty-from-hell-death-with-pointy-ends. The vet need to bring out the leather gloves just to put him on the weight scale. Problem 3: My vet clinic will do the shaving, but only if Max is put under anesthesia. Which means quite pricy, especially considering the mats are only on his hind end. So, what to do? We decided to try and clip him ourselves at home. Max is a very mellow and amiable cat at the house, and we can do anything with him. I've used clippers and cut hair before, but never on a cat. I figure that because Max is a neutered, strictly indoor cat, he won't get upset about a bad haircut since he doesn't have a love life or a social life. Anybody know how to clip a cat? Or, does anybody have any alternative ideas?