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What is a word to describe how a cat looks when it's groomed?

My husband described it as nappy, which I don't think would be the correct word. To give an image of what I am trying to describe, think of a medium-haired cat that licked its fur and looks messy, with wet fur sticking up a bit.

It's a weird request and may be too specific, but I hope there's some kind of answer to what I am asking.

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    Possible duplicate of english.stackexchange.com/questions/345649/…. "Bedraggled", from that answer, might work here.
    – Tevildo
    Nov 17 at 8:42
  • Nappy is reasonable though maybe not the best choice; Merriam-Webster says "having a hairy, fuzzy, or downy surface", with examples referring to old sweaters as well as to fabrics with a nap (velvet etc). Sadly Googling nappy cat just gets cat diapers, so maybe more research is needed.
    – Stuart F
    Nov 17 at 9:29
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    Do you have a picture of a cat in such a state? That might help.
    – alphabet
    Nov 17 at 15:13
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    "Groomed" usually means "made to look pretty", so if the cat is making itself messy it isn't really "grooming" itself. Nov 17 at 16:41
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    I was going to say 'sleek' until I realised you don't mean 'groomed'. Perhaps 'spiky'. Nov 17 at 19:40

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The places where the fur sticks up would be cowlicks. The adjective cowlicked sees occasional usage, and would appropriately describe the state of the cat's fur.

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  • Hah ha, so the cat knows it sticks out and tries to wet it back? Nov 17 at 20:16
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    Surely catlicked would be more sensible.
    – alphabet
    Nov 18 at 4:28

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