Grooming the Low-Tech Way


Many groomers use powerful equipment like high-velocity dryers for the same reason that housekeepers use strong chemical cleansers for the oven.

The reason they use such powerful tools is that modern Americans aren’t fans of daily maintenance routines.  We prefer to do our cleaning all at once, which means that we need powerful tools to handle the build-up of dirt or in the case of pets, shed fur and natural body oil.

If I wiped down the top of my stove every day, I would not need to use anything stronger than a bit of dishwashing soap and water on a sponge. Since I don’t wipe down my stove every day, I need to use a scrubbing brush. The scrubbing brush gets the stove top clean, but also does a tiny bit of damage to the stove top each time I use it.

If a long-haired cat is combed every day with a simple metal comb, they won’t need much more than that.  If they’re not combed, then their fur can get to the point where shaving and blow-drying and degreasing shampoos must be used to help the cat feel comfortable again.

I like low-tech grooming because it is more natural, quiet and gentle. That’s why I encourage owners to comb their cats as much as possible or to schedule regular grooming sessions with me.


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Low-Tech Grooming Best for Cats?

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I feel that low-tech grooming is best for cats.

Modern salons make use of high-velocity dryers, pre-mixed shampoo/water nozzles, stainless steel tables and more.  The tools allow groomers to work on more pets without being exhausted, which in turn allows groomers to make a living for themselves and their families without doing so much damage to their own bodies. Some salons groom up to twenty-one pets day.  Wow!

Since I do house-call cat grooming, my focus is different. I never groom more than a few cats a day.  I do a lot of brushing.  I rarely use a high-velocity dryer, preferring to use the sort of dryer that I use on my own hair.  I often hold cats in my lap while grooming.

It’s a quieter, more simple way of grooming, not too different from the way cats were groomed 40 years ago.

I don’t really see myself as someone who is in the pet-grooming industry. I’m just taking care of cats as if they were my own.  Like many women, I have a strong desire to care for smaller creatures.  To me, the physical setting of the salon and the tools used don’t feel nurturing, even if the groomers themselves are expressing love through their work.