CAT NEWS ALERT
****September is shedding season due to change in day’s length! Schedule a brushing session******
Hello to new international clients!
Searching for gentle cat grooming? I specialize in “family-style” cat grooming, building trust over time with your cat, while brushing, trimming claws, trimming the rear if it’s messy, trimming out little knots and bathing. I no longer do “lion cuts”.
I have been taking care of my cat clients for years. I am so happy I provide a service to help cats and their owners. Your cats become part of my family.
Training & Education
- Graduate of New York School of Grooming
- Bronx Zoo zookeeper internship
- 1,000 hours of volunteering at shelters
- veterinary nurse
- Fear Free Certified Veterinary Professional
Where I travel to care for your cat — Manhattan from 96th street to Battery Park. *$50 special travel fee for Brooklyn or Queens, if within 5 subway stops from Manhattan, and no more than 5 blocks from subway please.
Business hours — 9 to 5. Monday through Saturday. Evenings in special circumstances.
How to prepare for Kitty Spa Day — Let’s keep things calm & relaxing, because that’s best for cats. Goal –> soft, un-matted cat with trimmed claws.
How to prepare for a happy visit. If instructions are not followed, we may need to reschedule for another time.
- No renovations or vacuum cleaners.
- Owner home for first visit.
- Guests, staff & children relax in another room.
- Avoid sudden noises during grooming. Even a door opening can make a cat jump.
- Provide at least 2 big towels, or even a blanket, to swaddle kitty in case of wiggles
- Please provide favorite treats & toys for distraction.
- There can be fur flying during grooming! I do a quick 3 minute tidy-up after I finish. You may want to schedule your cleaning staff to visit after I leave.
- I usually bathe cats in the kitchen sink. For baths, please clear sink and counter before the visit.
- IMPORTANT TIP: the more annoying the procedure, the better the treat must be, same as for us!
Fees for Kitty Spa Day, Manicure or “Sanitary trim”
Estimate of $170 to $225 for general grooming, which may include claw trim, bath and/or brushing, depending on cat’s needs, behavior and fur.
*My specialty is family style maintenance grooming. I don’t groom very matted cats. My clients are on regular schedules, so their cats have smooth, silky fur all the way down to their skin. If a cat is tangled, that means they need to be brushed much more often, by the owner or groomer. Having mats is not normal, just as it is not normal for us to have tangled hair.
Need a same-day visit? For same day, please add $50 to the standard fee, and be flexible about time.
*Pre-book weekly, bi-weekly or monthly visits for special family pricing.
$60 to $80 for claw trim. Different pricing will be given if you are pre-scheduling visits at least every 4 weeks. Join the Claw Club!
$80 to $100 for rear-fur trim. Booty Club members schedule monthly visits.
Also . . .
Do you like soy milk and almond milk? Have you ever enjoyed freshly made, non-gmo, no additives, soy or almond milk? I make fresh soy milk and almond milk every week. Tastes better & different from milk in stores, because it is fresh and pure. That is why I love this soothing drink. It is like meditation for your tastebuds. Ask for a sample of SoyKitty Milk or AlmondKitty Milk. I will bring it when I groom your cat.
Blow drying is only for cats who are not scared of the dryer.
Wiggling or a little bad mood is natural, but scared cats need help. You can ask your veterinarian about sedating a healthy cat with Gabapentin, which comes in capsule or liquid for about $20. Your cat will be awake, but very, very calm and zoned out like a Buddha. Has anti-anxiety effect, which is helpful for scaredy-cats and “macho” cats.
$40 to $50 depending on distance I travel. Put out fresh food, change water, litter box, play time or cuddle time, daily photo. Cat sitting helps your cat bond to me, so grooming sessions become fun for the cat. Cat sitting+Cat grooming=Trust
Easy Ways to Pay
1) in cash 2) with a local check that has your name and current date 3) Venmo.
Now you are ready schedule an appointment. Let’s go!
Please tell me your location, cat’s age, cat’s health history & the desired services.
Want to know more? See below for ideal grooming schedules.
Sample grooming schedules for various breeds
This is the schedule to follow if you want your cat to have a beautiful, healthy, un-matted, de-shedded coat at all times.
Persian cat kept in a full coat: Daily brushing of entire body by owner. Monthly full grooming session with bath. This is the MINIMUM required to keep a Persian cat in a full coat without any mats and with minimal shedding. Many Persian cat owners have no idea how gorgeous and soft their cat can be. Don’t deny yourself this pleasure!
Siberian or Maine Coon kept in a full coat: Completely brush the body every 3 days. Monthly de-shedding and de-matting grooming session.
Domestic Short-Haired: Weekly brushing of entire body. Baths every 3 months.
What if you don’t have time to brush your cat? Schedule more frequent visits. Simplify your life.
Expert tips: Experiment until you find the treats your cat can not resist. Using treats, play distraction, and/or head rubs, gradually get your cat to associate brushing with fun and delicious food.