She was well into adulthood when we got her in 1996, and so now she is an elder kitty, deserving of respect and care.
Unfortunately, for the last few months she has been unable to adequately clean herself, and has developed mats that were outrunning my ability to comb out. It would take me half an hour of fighting with her to get one mat cleared, and the next day there would be two to take its place.
It got to the point where it just couldn't be comfortable for her, poor old thing, and I was concerned that she might develop some sort of skin issue that would cause her actual pain. So off we took her to the groomers, and gave her a 'Lion Cut'.
She won't let me take a photo of her in this condition - she is currently in a state of High Dudgeon.
Can't say that I blame her. Her head is literally twice as big as her body. Poor old thing, she deserves her dignity, and instead she looks entirely ridiculous. And pitiful - she is SO thin and bony.
I think of the three, she prefers being old and arthritic to being an object of ridicule. Too unfair that she has to put up with all three.
I can relate.