So my 11 month Persian kitty needs a haircut. Badly. I try to brush his long hair everyday but he never lets me brush his underbelly. Well, I went away for 1 week and when I came back some of his hair got matted on his underbelly. Still he won't let me brush it. Weeks go by and now he is a big knotted mess! I know he won't let me come near him with cutters so I hired a groomer to come to my house to shave his hair. Here is my question. My kitty is scared to death of baths. When I bathe him it is very traumatizing for him AND for me! I have to wear one of those Missy Elliot ski winter coats (I live in FL!), gloves and a hat because kitty always tries to escape..and in doing so he claws. Afterwards he shivers and shakes so we wrap him up in a warm towel and he literally needs to be babied for 1 hour. Literally. We hold him like a baby in our arms and coo him to calm him down. I can't even imagine how bad it will be with an electric shaver! What I am afraid of is that his experience with the groomer, bath and shaver is going to be very traumatic for him. Is there any advice, experience or tips other owners have to share with me? Should I help the groomer control kitty or would it be harder if I got in the way? How do long haired cat owners handle their knotted kitties?