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".
Applying tiny plastic covers to cat claws isn’t the easiest thing to do.
I prefer simply trimming the claws, but sometimes that’s not enough.
Soft Paws need to be re-applied every 4-6 weeks. Try the brightly colored Soft Paws, because you can easily see if they’ve come off.
Good candidates for Soft Paws claw covers:
The elderly, people with health conditions causing thin skin or bleeding problems, small children, cats with health conditions causing thin skin/bleeding problem/chronic itching/OCD issues, aggressive cats, households with antique furniture, cats that bat their owner’s eyeballs, cats that get stuck to the rug.
Soft paws are bad for:
Outdoor cats, cats owned by people that can’t maintain a 4-6 week Soft Paw schedule, some OCD nail biters.*
*Thanks to cat groomer Beth Cornell Rex for this description of who should and shouldn’t use Soft Paws.
Have you tried Meetup.com? People who are into their cats accumulate all sorts of information. Even when I don’t agree with what I’m hearing, I appreciate the effort we’re all making to be good pet parents. I’m a member of two cat meetups. Try it!
If you watch a cat groomer at work, you will notice something interesting. Your cat is not a car! Unlike a car mechanic, cat groomers work with animals who have distinct and strong personalities. Each cat is different.
I’m amused when owners say, very confidently, “Give my cat a lion trim.” A lion trim is not just a haircut.
Shaving most of a cat’s body is a BIG FRICKIN’ DEAL for the cat! Let me repeat. It is a BIG FRICKIN’ DEAL for the cat. (So I only do it when there are health benefits or the cat has been shown to enjoy having a lion trim.)
House call cat grooming allows me to take into account the cat’s personality. That doesn’t mean the cat is going to love being groomed, but it allows for a more personal experience.
Stories of heroes and geniuses. I love those stories.
How hard would it be to admit to ignorance or to publicly fail, if I blogged under the name of “Linda, Cat Momma?” or “Linda, Cat Savant.”
Damn hard. I’d have a long way to fall off that pedestal.
I want to look up to someone, but out of kindness to them, I won’t put them on a pedestal. Even if they ask me to.
I read their books and watch their shows. I love the creativity and sheer gutsiness. If the mythologizing works, maybe it’s fine. I don’t know. (I can say that because I am not a whisperer or a momma.)