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?”

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”

Confessions of a cat groomer: You get to be the good guy

I get to be the bad guy. You get to be the hero who hands out treats.  File under “reasons cat groomers exist”. I love this little cat. She USUALLY loves me.

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”

Arthritis in older cats & grooming matted seniors

Imagine what it would be like if a hairdresser pulled on your grandmother’s arms and legs while doing her hair.  Would your grandmother be happy or upset?  Would you feel good about the situation, or would you feel worried? Grooming the older, matted cat poses challenges which are distinct from the challenges involved in groomingContinue reading “Arthritis in older cats & grooming matted seniors”