Poor Kitty’s Trying to Tell Us Something

Yomph nrrwmm errgg errggg.
Stop mumbling, you know you can tell us anything. Just say it. What was that? Something about oh torture, such torture?

(Do not try this at home. Owner is obviously a highly trained professional!)

“This is Janelle, my friend´s gorgeous shaded golden Persian Princess. She absolutely *hates* to be brushed and always makes this known by growling, hissing and struggling a lot! She really makes me giggle though when I feed her treats while she´s trying to be angry and she comes out with these hilarious “nom nom nom” sounds. Enjoy!” -Barbarella aka The Mad Cat Lady –www.themadcatlady.com. Via YouTube.



  1. Sounds kinda like Teddy Bear’s lower notes.

  2. My cat Princess hates it too… She’s a Maine Coon so the fur is not as bad as in Persians. But when I brush her she makes a loud and low growl that sounds like it comes out of a very very angry and huge dog. Anyway, Janelle here is really well behaving. I have heard of cats that have to be sedated at the vet’s to be shaved because they refuse to be brushed. Obviously you cannot brush a cat that is determined to not let you.

  3. kibblenibble says:

    This kitty is beautiful, and only mildly irritated, if at all. I did not see the ears going back, or the claws coming out, even once. The sounds are adorable, and I loved seeing the cute teef and leetol tongue. I had a Persian, Isabella, who tolerated brushing, face scrubbing, and nail trimming very well. I think that is innate in the personality of these “fancy” cats, since they require a lot of upkeep. I miss my sweet Isabella, and this gorgeous girl brought back happy memories. Om nom nom! 🙂

  4. Jodi Hankins says:

    Yes! She sounds just like Teddy the porcupine!

  5. That’s what I thought, too!

  6. No joke! This is hardly an angry kitteh ( no blood, primal screams or trips to the ER) but the nomming noises are cute. 🙂 I think smart girl knows she’s on to a good thing!

  7. SlaveToCat says:

    Kitty has its human well trained.

  8. rescue gal says:

    Nellie! I have missed her. Mad Cat Lady has takes the most beautiful photos of her cats and I am a big fan. Love to Spider and Lugosi too!

  9. Same thing with Birman. Most easygoing, calm cats I’ve ever met.

  10. Oh good, I’m not the only one. I watched it and kept thinking… does this cat know that porcupine who likes corn so much?

  11. I was thinking the exact same thing!

  12. Janelle sounds like the ideal candidate to learn the art of cat yodelling; I just know she’d be a big star! 😀

  13. I was also thinking Janelle sounded kind of mild (but also adorable, especially the nomming).
    I have a long hair kitteh who is OK with brushing until the nether region is brushed and then all h*ll breaks loose. Growls, yowling, hissing, yelling, chaos, and the end of days. Then she runs and hits the nearest kitteh. Have tried to hold her and calm her down but she still does not feel right until she smacks another kitteh.

  14. Püppi, sadly that´s Janelle!!! She needs to be sedated to be shaved at the vets, but we only do this once or twice a year. In between, we try to best keep her groomed a little bit here, a little bit there, as much as we can do without her going totally ballistic. She really really hates it so much, it´s like torture, so shaving is really the only option with her. The problem is that as she is getting older, she doesn´t tolerate the sedation anymore, and sometimes she´s so sick for up to two days from it. So now I guess we are stuck with having to put her through the “brush torture” at least every few days, poor baby….

  15. OMG! It´s Janelle! And me! We made it onto CO again! 😀

  16. DillPig: been there, done that. 😀 Check out yodelling Janelle here:

  17. awwww, come on. Janelle is much cuter than THAT! 😉

  18. Awww thank you, rescue gal. I´m glad to hear that we have so many fans. I´ll let the kitties know. 🙂

  19. Hahaha, yes, it´s Teddy the Porcupine without the helium. 🙂

  20. “….until she smacks another kitteh” ROFL

    Janelle hates it when you touch her armpits, insides of legs, paws or tail. Try and imagine grooming her in those places. We do so wearing a thick workman´s glove on the hand we hold her with to protect from biting and scratching!

  21. Well done. Janelle is such a beauty. A mildly grumpy beauty. 😉

  22. MadCatLady – is the brusher person the lady in CA who has a Youtube channel with Persians? One named Sequoia?

  23. AWW, poor Janelle. What about trimming her fur short, Barbarella a.k.a. The Mad Cat Lady? Would that help? Just a suggestion 🙂

  24. Awwww, such a sweet cat! She reminds me of a few others I’ve known who did the same thing: lots of noise, but no biting or clawing or even squirming. They’ll let you know they hate it, but they tolerate it.

  25. Want to solve your problem? Check out The Natural Cat book by Anitra Frazier. She is a cat groomer par excellence. I use the combs she recommends – I got them sent ot me in London from the suppliers in the USA, and I follow her combing techniques to the T. No more problems anymore like I used to have with grooming my very longhaired cat.

  26. Hi

    Your technique is wrong (the hold, not looking at the cat, not holding back the skin, the way you do the strokes, going over and over the same area) and you are using the wrong equipment (a slicker brush) to go through matted fur. Also, you keep rewarding the cat with snacks when it is growling – this is negative reinforcement.

    Read through the advice in the book The Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier, a world-renowned cat groomer and nutrition expert. then follow it exactly. You’ll find a cat who will then BEG to be groomed, like my longhaired cat does.

  27. I have a 15 year old Maine Coon named Cannon who does not like being brushed much now since he went blind. He doesn’t do the nom nom nom noises. But sometimes he will “yell” in many different meows. When I do his belly he will lay on his back and purr for about 5 minutes then that’s enough. He’s too much. Love your kittie!

  28. Yep. We had her shaved once or twice a year for the last few years, but now that she´s getting older, she is not tolerating the sedation (it´s done at the vets) anymore, and she gets so sick for up to 2 days afterwards, we are not wanting to put her through this anymore if we can help it….

  29. This is a reply to the person called “C” regarding that “my technique is wrong”…. this is NOT a brushing session. This is NOT how we usually brush her. It´s just a silly little video of her growling…. 🙂

  30. No I´m not, but I know of her and subscribe to her channel as well. She has the most beautiful shaded golden kitties and they are so totally spoiled and pampered! She is called Mythic Bells Persians… 🙂

  31. Hi Juno…. but this is not a proper brushing session. This is just a silly little video, and I´m not brushing her properly, just showing off the silly little growls that she does while eating treats. 🙂

    She is really difficult, near impossible to groom. See this video (and again, I must stress, that it´s not a proper grooming session, just a demonstration in this video, please read the video description):

  32. Hi C, his is NOT a brushing session. This is NOT how we usually brush her. It´s just a silly little video of her growling…. 🙂

    I have a special comb with rotating spokes too, but use it in combination with brushes.

    However, Janelle is a cat that is *never* going to like brushing. She was like this when I got her, and she was like this *before* I got her (from an older lady friend of mine who had died), and we just have to live with the fact that she won´t change at 10 years of age now.

  33. I hear what you say, but nevertheless you ARE combing her with a slicker brush on matted fur – I’m not surprised she is growling! Try this on yourself and see how it feels.

    I changed over when my three cats (two longhair and one shorthair) were respectively 18 yrs, 15 yrs and 14 yrs). They hated being groomed before, and after I learned the techniques, they all voluntarily lined up every day for grooming. Sadly, my two older cats passed on last year at the age of 21 yrs and 18 yrs.

    So truly, though, do yourself (and your cat) a favour and read this amazing book. You will be surprised at the difference when you follow the diet as your cat’s fur will improve drastically in texture, and use the correct equipment (I shudder to hear you use a comb with rotating spikes)