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Training, Credentials, Business Certificates
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. Licensed *business in State of New York since 2013. Insured by The Hartford Company.
*Independent small business. NOT owned by a hedge fund (PetCo) or managed by Pepsi executives (PetSmart).
Where Spiffy Kitty goes to care for cats
Manhattan from 96th street to Canal street. Spiffy Kitty adds a travel/time fee to go beyond the area.
Preparing for grooming visits
Preparing takes 3 minutes.
Make sure home is quiet. Ask staff or family to stay 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 first. Then 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?
Spiffy Kitty 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.
Choose services . . . or let us pick what’s best for your cat
Spiffy Kitty House Call Cat Grooming provides service to owners who considering weekly, bi-weekly or monthly visits.
Why so often? Cats can not and should not lick off all their shedding fur. Curious about why? Read below, or skip ahead to TREATMENT CHOICES.
(Yes, I am not a veterinarian, just a person who takes care of cats every day for 7 years.)
The cycle of damage due to eating shed fur . . . ping-pong-ball’s worth of fur eaten each day. Travels through stomach, intestine and colon. (Stomach problems are the 2nd most common reason to visit a vet.) Well-intentioned vet prescribes antibiotics ($$) and specialty food ($$). Eventually cats get better, or maybe get more treatments, ultrasounds, or even surgery. What if the answer is as simple as grooming the cat?
Yes, check with your vet of course, but how much damage is done by scratchy fur rubbing stomach lining? If spicy foods can damage our stomach, what can fur strands do to a cat?
- Outdoor cats’ fur gets blown off by wind, rain, rubbed off by sand, rocks, trees. Not so with indoor cats.
Grooming gently removes shed fur, as well as decreasing allergies, protecting furniture, and helping your cat feel beautiful with an airy, soft coat.
- Silky Soft Treatment Day: May include bath with scented or unscented shampoo, drying, brushing, de-shedding, removing a few mats, sanitary trim of rear and claw trim. $125 to $225 estimated. (Pre-paying weekly or bi-weekly clients pay different fees.)
- Show Grooming Style: Steps: float the coat, show-level shampoo and 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. (Weekly or bi-weekly clients pay different fees.)
- 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
- “No more ouches.” Furniture-saver claw trim: Takes less than 15 minutes. $60 to $80 per cat.
- Finishing touches and special treatments (extras): Ear cleaning for more waxy ears. Nettle, no sls, shampoo for itchy, sensitive skin. Trim rear fur for litter-box ease.
- Now also offering Moussette by IV San Bernard dry shampoo: For cats who prefer a Spa Day that doesn’t involve water. $225
*No shave downs. No de-matting of cats with more than a few mats. At Spiffy Kitty, we specialize in maintainance grooming.
* Do you know that 42% of salon-employed groomers say that their bosses make them use unacceptable tools and products? Such a sad situation. Almost as many actually quit their job over this! That’s how bad some salons are, so please do your research to ensure your cat is treated well, and that you don’t support bosses who treat their staff poorly.
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 which increases heart rate and blood pressure. Calm is better for everyone.
Also, angry behavior can be a cat’s way of dealing with a health problem, so pills can provide pain relief. How nice are you when your mouth aches or when you pull a muscle?
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.
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.
Kitty Gallery. Photos of a few of the many cuties I have groomed over the years. Love them all!
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