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In nature, wild cats like lions, tigers and panthers are washed by rain, dried by sun and wind. Their skin is scrubbed and dead fur released when they rub against sand, rocks and branches. Indoor cats need our help so they can be like the big, bold cats.
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. $50 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 that makes grooming risky?
Linda does “no-frills comfort-grooms” for high-risk cats refused by other groomers, because these 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. (The owner must write a note explaining that they understand that even the most gentle grooming session may entail some risk to a vulnerable cat.)
You may choose services . . . or let Spiffy Kitty pick what’s best for your cat
Spiffy Kitty House Call Cat Grooming is mainly for owners who hope to schedule regular grooming visits.
Owners are welcome to schedule a pre-grooming consultation, during which Linda will discuss grooming for your cat’s specific coat and personality. The fee for a detailed in-person consultation is $50.
Which service(s) would you like? This list will start you thinking about what cat grooming has to offer.
- Kitty Spa Day: $200 plus sales tax. Goal: clean, soft fur. May include bath, drying, brushing, removing a few mats, sanitary trim of rear and claw trim.
- Show Grooming Style: $300 plus sales tax. 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.
- Kitten’s First Bath: $150 plus sales tax. 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.
- Rear Area/Hind Leg Fur Trim: $120 plus sales tax. Shave/trim the area around rear, but also long fur on outside of hind legs.
- “No more ouches.” Furniture-saver claw trim. $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.
- The “Purely Problem Solver”: Linda takes care of what must be done for you and your cat to be comfortable — in the shortest amount of time. This may a be claw trim, removing small mats, de-shedding, cleaning rear messiness. Created for cats who can’t tolerate long grooming sessions, elderly cats, multi-cat homes, cats with cancer or hospice cats. $180 plus sales tax.
*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.
“Cat Sitting Regular” service
$40 per visit. 1/2 hour. Serve your cat fresh food, change water, clean litter box, play or cuddle. Send a daily photo.
** Fun idea — schedule a cat sitting visit when you’re working a long day. Won’t it be great to come home to a happy, fed, and well-exercised cat? THE “NO MORE GUILT” CAT VISIT for busy owners.
“Cat Sitting Plus” service
$50 per visit. 1/2 hour or more. Serve your cat fresh food, change water, clean litter box, play or cuddle. Send a daily photo. Tidy the litter box area. Scrub the feeding bowls. Spend extra time reading, or snuggling. If your cat enjoys brushing, lightly brush their fur or massage them. Bring in the mail. If there is a small package delivered, bring it in to the home.
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 at end of grooming or cat sitting visit.
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