Review: “Towel Wrap Techniques for Handling Cats with Skill and Ease” by Dr. Sophia Yin

Spiffy Kitty Rating: **** (4 out of 5 stars)

Notes: Useful for groomers, but much more useful for veterinary technicians.

Summary:  If you have the book “Low Stress Handling, Restraint, and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats” you may not want to spend money on this new DVD. There is not that much new material in this DVD.  If you don’t have the book, this is a worthwhile investment, and costs far less than the book did.

Dr. Yin's helpful DVD
Dr. Yin’s helpful DVD

I pre-ordered Dr. Yin’s DVD with a feeling of excitement. The description stated that this DVD is for groomers, as well as for veterinarians, owners, shelter managers and so on.  Cat groomers face an intense challenge. Each cat grooming session is an opportunity to make a contribution to the health and well-being of an animal.  However, cat groomers run the daily risk of a cat bite that could send us to the hospital. Some cat groomers have dropped out of the profession from fear of injury or due to a bad experience. Safe handling techniques are crucial!

Dr. Yin is a veterinarian with a Master’s in Animal Science.  She is breaking ground with her focus on low-stress techniques for both cats and dogs.

What I loved about the DVD:  Dr. Yin demonstrates each toweling technique, then we watch students attempting to wrap the cats. Lastly, we are able to follow along with the DVD as we try to wrap our own cat at home. Her teaching method is clear and thorough. The DVD is well-produced with good audio and visuals.

After viewing the DVD, I towel-wrapped one of today’s clients, a very large and grumpy cat.

Towel-wrapping helped protect me and the cat. It works!

Price: if pre-ordered, the price is $55.20. After the pre-order period, the price will be $69.00.

Length: 65 minutes


Published by Spiffy Kitty House Call Cat Grooming

I groom cats in your own home. I do everthing needed for a soft, clean cat. Claw trims to prevent painful scratches and damaged furniture. Brushing to prevent furballs and matting. Rear-end trims to keep things clean after the litter box visit. Baths for soft, shiny fur. Clients praise my calm, gentle yet firm attitude. Cat sitting visits last 1/2 hour. Daily photo, fresh food and water, playtime, cuddles. A true "cat nanny".

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