Thank you for your interest in pampering your cat.
Answers to popular questions and additional information are provided below.
To schedule a visit, please read the information, then fill out the form found near the bottom of the page. This will assuredly save you time and effort.
Spiffy Kitty will then email available appointments, suggestions for spa treatments, and fee ranges. Please let us know if you prefer classic perfume scent, banana, or unscented shampoo.
Training, Credentials and Business Certificates and all that serious stuff
Graduate of New York School of Grooming. Zoo Keeper internship with big cats. Veterinary nurse for house call and clinics. 1,000 hours volunteering and being employed at animal shelters. Awarded scholarship for pre-veterinary college academic studies. Studying for Pet Aesthetician Certificate. Licensed business in State of New York since 2013. Insured by The Hartford Company.
Where Linda goes to care for cats
Manhattan from 96th street to 14th street. There is a fee to go beyond the travel area.
Preparing for a visit
Preparing is quick and simple. Make sure home is quiet. Ask the house keeper to work in another room. Ask children to play in another room. Kitty placed in area where she/he can’t hide under or behind furniture (lure with treats and toys). Kitchen counter and sink empty and clean. 2 big towels. Cover stove top with a towel.
Health & safety comes first. Then comes fur and fun.
Cats must be vaccinated against rabies, if they have been outside unsupervised during past 6 months. If your cat has bitten anyone and caused bleeding (not play bites), they must be sedated before visit. If your cat has fleas or infectious condition, please contact a veterinarian. If your cat has a heart murmur or genetic condition, please tell Linda.
Has your cat been refused grooming service by clinics and groomers due to a serious heart condition or non-infectious medical issue?
Linda does “no-frills comfort-grooms” for higher-risk cats refused by other groomers, because all cats deserve to be at ease in their skin. The goal is no matting, no thickly greasy/odorous areas, and no claws growing into the pawpad.
You may choose services . . . or let Spiffy Kitty pick what’s best for your cat
Spiffy Kitty House Call Cat Grooming is primarily for owners who hope to schedule regular grooming visits on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly schedule.
Which service(s) would you like? This menu will start you thinking about what Spiffy Kitty has to offer.
Fees vary depending on cat’s fur type and fur length, as well as cat’s friendliness, size, age and health status. Services provided also affect the fee.
Generally, the fee for housecall grooming can be expected to be substantially higher than for salon grooming.
- Kitty Spa Day: May include bath, drying, brushing, removing a few mats, sanitary trim of rear and claw trim. $225 estimated.
- Show Grooming Style: Steps: degreaser, floating the coat, premium shampoo, premium conditioner, round the fur at ear tips, claw trim, blow drying. May take 3 hours. For long-haired or other cats who are groomed at least once a month. Not for first-timers, matted or jumpy cats. $300 estimated.
- Kitten’s First Bath: For cats under 4 pounds and under 4 months. “Baby-steps” bath and claw trim. Perfect for new kittens from a shelter or breeder, to wash off germs and scents. $150
- Rear Area/Hind Leg Fur Trim: Shave/trim the area around rear, but also long fur on outside of hind legs. $120
- “No more ouches.” Furniture-saver claw trim. $60 to $80
- Add-on services: Ear cleaning for waxy ears using veterinary cleanser. Massage nervous cats using rubber brush and hands, following principles of Tellington Touch. Shampoo for itchy, sensitive skin.
- Now also offering Moussette by IV San Bernard dry shampoo for cats who prefer a Spa Day that doesn’t involve water. $225
*No lion cuts or shave downs, and no grooming of cats with more than a few, small mats. Linda does maintenance grooming, not repair grooming.
After grooming. Quick tidy up.
3-minute tidy up. Wipe surface and sweep immediate area. Concerned about fur flying? Cover stove, other areas with a towel or plastic. Some clients ask their housekeeper to vacuum, wipe or dust afterwards.
Does your cat need happy pills?
If your cat is scared, ask your veterinarian about a pre-visit dose of Gabapentin. Regarding pet fear and anxiety as “normal” is the old way of thinking. Calming medications are often safer for a pet than the wear and tear of anxiety. Those emotions increase heart rate and blood pressure. Happy is better.
For grooming clients only. Cat sitting service.
This service is exclusive to grooming clients. $40 to $50 per visit, including daily photo, changing food and water, scooping litterbox, playtime, cuddle time.
NEW SERVICE! SEE BELOW.
*Now offering a unique boarding service at my quiet, convenient home. Kitty will stay in a 2-story cat condo facing a window. A 10-year old chihuahua-terrier lives in the home, so kitty must be comfortable with dog proximity, though the kitty and dog will be kept separate, and due to snaggle-tooth, dog is unable to bite. Renovating? Allergic guests visiting? Suitable option.
Ways to pay
1) in cash 2) local check that has your name and current date 3) on this site with a credit card or PayPal 4) Venmo.
Payment always due same day as visit.
Schedule an appointment
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