A friendly talk about cat grooming by a cat groomer.
Trimming the claws of an annoyed cat.
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I took the #320 bus to Secaucus last Friday. Why? Because of Intergroom, a trade show and educational event for pet groomers. I ogled grooming implements, especially the luxurious made-in-Japan gold Utsumi combs which are so beautiful. Then I attended a useful seminar, “Handling Techniques for Cat Grooming.” The fun part of going to grooming seminars isContinue reading “Intergroom Fun for Cat Groomers”
“A retrospective study revealed that 22 percent of cats over 1 year old and 90 percent of cats over 12 years old had radiographic evidence of degenerative joint disease.” This is why I use plenty of towels when I groom a senior cat. They rest on soft surfaces. If they’re not heavy, I even supportContinue reading “Why senior cats need special handling”
If you bathe your cat, you may have noticed that drying can take a long time. Even a short-haired cat can stay damp for longer than you’d expect. Groomer’s tip: Dry your cat with a towel using every bit of the towel, brush the fur, dry again with another towel, and repeat until the furContinue reading “Drying a wet cat”
A lot of owners don’t feel comfortable picking up their cats, so if you’re one of them, you have plenty of company. It’s not that the cats are mean. It’s that the cats wiggle away while the owner is trying to get them. Sometimes the owner gets scratched because the cat is so wiggly. There’s noContinue reading “Can’t pick up your cat? Think like a rabbit.”
Their body temp is a few degrees higher than ours. I doubt this is the whole reason, because dogs also have a higher body temp than we do. Dogs don’t sleep with their bodies up against hot radiators for hours on end. One of my cats used to sleep on top of a very hot steamContinue reading “Why do cats lie next to radiators?”
What happens if you bravely try to trim your cat’s claws and (oh no!) the claw starts to bleed? You’ve cut a little too deeply into the claw. Instead of trimming the clear, bloodless tip, you’ve cut into the part of the claw that has a blood supply. My guess is that if something can bleed, itContinue reading “Cat’s claw bleeding?”
I enjoy the challenge of claw trims. Keeping the cat still can be a game of skill and imagination! It’s hard to be more clever than a cat when it comes to keeping them from getting away during a claw trimming session. Some gentle restraint techniques I’ve used: No restraint. Just put the cat on a counterContinue reading “Trouble holding cat for claw trim?”