Hairball season

Cats usually shed more when the days become longer or shorter.  If they lick shed fur, they can wind up vomiting hairballs. Vomiting is uncomfortable for kitty. Remember the last time you vomited? It felt bad, didn’t it? If the hairball is deep in the intestine, it can even become lodged there. Brush your catContinue reading “Hairball season”

Furminator “burn” so bad it looks like chemical burn. Ouch!

Poor doggie! This is the kind of damage that overly enthusiastic use of a Furminator can do to an animal. The Furminator has stiff metal ridges. If you use it carefully and for a minute or two, it’s fine for getting out undercoat. Just don’t get carried away! See video.

No more hairballs

Throwing up hairballs isn’t natural. If cats still lived outdoors, shedded fur would be blown off or pulled off. In the home, fur detaches, gets licked into the throat and is either vomited out, or accumulates enough to create an obstruction if it doesn’t pass through the body.  Everyone has time for 15 seconds of brushing aContinue reading “No more hairballs”

So your long-haired cat needs to be groomed. Here’s what you need to buy.

I groom these two sweet-natured beauties once a month. (Jump to the middle of this post for links to grooming tools.) Even if your long-haired cat is another breed or a mix, you can use similar tools. If you are going to be grooming your cat monthly, it’s worth buying the tools and products. GroomingContinue reading “So your long-haired cat needs to be groomed. Here’s what you need to buy.”

My cat is shedding too much. Solutions for shedding.

Some short-haired cats release a large amount of hair in the spring. I removed this fur using the soft Love Glove.  The cat purred during the grooming. This same cat is brushed four times a week, but look how much fur comes off!  Now she won’t have to cough up hair balls or walk around withContinue reading “My cat is shedding too much. Solutions for shedding.”

Lush new fur coats now in season for your cat.

Longer days and less sunlight mean it’s time to change fur coats. Your cat does not need to have a winter fur coat delivered from the fur vault. Their coat change is “do-it-yourself.” Telltale signs that the feline coat change is underway . . . Tufts of dull-looking fur poking out here and there. More strands of furContinue reading “Lush new fur coats now in season for your cat.”

Reiki is so flakey. Grab a comb and brush instead.

Cat groomers wash, shave or trim, and blow-dry cats. Our goal is comfort and cleanliness. We improve the lives of cats.  Short-term, the cat may not appreciate the attention, to say the least. Cat grooming is physical labor. Groomers can be injured on the job, while slipping on wet floors, lifting a fat pet, being bittenContinue reading “Reiki is so flakey. Grab a comb and brush instead.”

Don’t let anxiety stop you from caring for your cat

If you are scared to trim your cat’s claws, that’s okay.  Claws are pointy, so your fear is understandable. If you are afraid to irritate your cat by combing through her fur, that’s okay. Some cats aren’t easy to comb. YOU don’t have to do these things, but if you want to take good careContinue reading “Don’t let anxiety stop you from caring for your cat”

Working with animals shines a spotlight on character

Speed. It’s a quality. Is it a value? Is working fast always better?  No, of course not. When I feel the temptation to value speed over being gentle, patient and careful, that’s when I find out what I’m made of.  Animals can’t talk. They can act out their frustration or discomfort, but they can’t tellContinue reading “Working with animals shines a spotlight on character”