I think that I've mentioned that Fred's fur is a challenge to keep tangle free, and I have not been successful. I didn't think that having fur matts would cause problems, but they did. Almost two weeks ago, Friday May 30, I noticed a nasty bloody thing on Fred's hind quarters. I took a picture and sent it to my sister Liz, the vet, and her diagnosis was "gross, get medical attention". It turned out to be an abscess under a fur matt. We spent the next morning at the vet's getting him taken care of, and then I had to take off for Bead & Button the next day, leaving Fred behind with Bruce. Today we took him back for a follow-up. I'm happy to say his abscess is almost completely healed, and while he was there they gave him a bath and trimmed his fur. See how beautiful my little lion looks? His trimmed fur is velvety soft.