Even if the salon groomer knows what they’re doing, the bather might be clueless. Want to see how hot a cage can get after just a few minutes of drying the wrong way? How’d you like to sit in a 100 degree metal cage with a wind tunnel of hot air blowing at you and loud noise to complete the picture of hell? Add in the sound of dogs barking and you’ve got a nightmare scenario.
A groomer named Debi Hilley did a test to see how hot cages get when a dryer is directed at them.
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. Grooming is a recurring part of the life of a long-haired cat. (If it’s not, it should be, because ungroomed cats lug around a lot of shedded fur and are coated with too much body oil.)
Chirp & Bambi’s owner is a responsible person who makes sure that her cats get the care they need to stay healthy, comfortable and happy. She combs them frequently, so that when I visit, I don’t have to subject them to intense de-matting. Lucky cats!
You know the saying, “It’s not the heat. It’s the humidity.” With cats, “It’s not the bath. It’s the blow-drying.”
I wish cats looked like this during drying.
Instead, they usually look like this.
How do professional cat groomers blow dry cats without scaring the cat or creating an explosion of claws and fangs?
I choose my tools after doing much research. Dogs tend to react more calmly than cats to loud or harsh noises. I tailor my tools to cats only, since I am a specialist. I talk to other groomers, spend time online reviewing spec sheets, go to trade shows and generally immerse myself in the topic.
My latest discovery is the Dog Shammy Dog Dryer. The dryer has only been available for a year. As far as I know, I am the first and only professional cat groomer in Manhattan to use it.
Despite the name, the dryer is perfect for cats. In fact, I think it even better for cats than it is for dogs.
Why would a professional cat groomer choose this dryer?
Due to increased insulation, the sound is soft, instead of tinny and harsh. Soft noises are more soothing to cats.
The air flow is adjustable, so high air flow can be used for the body, while low air flow is used for the head and tail.
The motor is powerful, so cats dry quickly. Less time spent grooming, more time spent playing with their human.
Here’s to clean, un-matted cats with beautiful dry fur!