Why senior cats need special handling

“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”

More on how to hold a cat . . .

“How to hold a cat who is wiggly” is a hot topic among readers of my blog.  People come to this site in search of answers. The image below will help you to understand the logic behind safe and comfortable cat restraint. I often review this book. Since I spend my work hours handling cats, knowing theirContinue reading “More on how to hold a cat . . .”

Can’t pick up your cat? Think like a rabbit.

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.”

Trouble holding cat for claw trim?

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?”

What is this cat thinking?

Can you tell what your cat is thinking? As a cat groomer, I need to be able to “read” a cat. This cat is one of my feline friends. I visit her several times a week to cat sit, trim claws, brush her and every so often, bathe her.  I have been her “nanny” forContinue reading “What is this cat thinking?”

Holding a cat who’s not into being held

  Yoga. Jiu Jitsu. Moving 3-dimensionally. Cats twist their body in ways we can’t even begin to do. Cats use extreme flexibility to get the upper paw. If I’m thinking like a human, two-dimensionally, I’m not going to get those claws trimmed. The cat is not a piece of paper or a brick. The catContinue reading “Holding a cat who’s not into being held”

Is house call cat grooming easier for the owner than taking a cat to a salon?

Yes, because . . . you don’t have to bundle up your cat in a carrier and walk or ride to the salon. I come to you, with my equipment. you don’t have to wait several hours to pick up your cat. Grooming usually takes one hour. No, because . . . grooming entails fur.Continue reading “Is house call cat grooming easier for the owner than taking a cat to a salon?”

Are zoo big cats treated better than house cats?

Animals who live in zoos can be pitiful shadows. The number of pacing or lethargic or fur-plucking zoo residents are slowly being reduced by enrichment programs, at least in the United States.  Enrichment can be providing new and different food types, hiding the food in balls or puzzle boxes, introducing balls or other toys into the enclosure,Continue reading “Are zoo big cats treated better than house cats?”

Blood glucose readings higher in clinic than home. Familiarity decreases stress.

House call veterinary service or veterinary clinic? Small study supports house call veterinary services as better choice, even when veterinary clinic offers low-stress handling and cat-friendly practice. Comparison of stress exhibited by cats examined in a clinic versus a home setting Published in Applied Animal Behavior Science (Journal) 2014 Take home message of the study:Continue reading “Blood glucose readings higher in clinic than home. Familiarity decreases stress.”

Exercise class for cats? How to get your cat moving and grooving!

“Cats like to nap.” Wouldn’t you sleep if there was nothing else to do?  Cats were designed for hunting.  They possess athletic and tracking skills galore.  Those skills are going to waste. It’s sad. Why not try an experiment? For one month, hire a neighbor or a cat sitter to actively play with your cat for at leastContinue reading “Exercise class for cats? How to get your cat moving and grooving!”