Secrets of a cat groomer. Blow drying without blowing up.

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?Continue reading “Secrets of a cat groomer. Blow drying without blowing up.”

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”

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”

Why do I groom cats?

Why do I groom cats? I want to help people and cats share their lives in harmony and comfort. When your cat is soft, clean and fluffy, don’t you feel great holding your cat?  Who could resist? Grooming increases closeness between cat and owner. I am proud to be part of this important, comforting relationship.Continue reading “Why do I groom cats?”

Review of “The Cat Grooming Guide” by Sam Kohl

Rating: 4 stars (****) Brief overview of basic cat grooming in a salon setting. Easy to read. Seems to be most suitable for beginners who are exploring cat grooming, or for professional groomers who are interested in quickly reading about a slightly different approach.  Not suitable for those who want specific techniques explored in detail.Continue reading “Review of “The Cat Grooming Guide” by Sam Kohl”

Cat Groomers are health-care providers. Choose a groomer as you would choose a veterinarian.

Cat groomers use tools for restraint, shaving, trimming, washing and drying. Each tool, if used correctly, helps make grooming a faster and safer experience for your cat.  Handled incorrectly, these same tools can hurt your pet.  Use the same care in choosing a groomer that you use when choosing a veterinarian. Does your groomer knowContinue reading “Cat Groomers are health-care providers. Choose a groomer as you would choose a veterinarian.”

Review: “Towel Wrap Techniques for Handling Cats with Skill and Ease” by Dr. Sophia Yin

Spiffy Kitty Rating: **** (4 out of 5 stars) Notes: Useful for groomers, but much more useful for veterinary technicians. Summary:  If you have the book “Low Stress Handling, Restraint, and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats” you may not want to spend money on this new DVD. There is not that much new material inContinue reading “Review: “Towel Wrap Techniques for Handling Cats with Skill and Ease” by Dr. Sophia Yin”

Cat bathing stimulates skin

Let’s face it. Even though we do everything we can to give our cats a great life, there are some things that are missing. A house cat will never feel warm summer rain on its fur. A house cat will never roll in deliciously scented dirt. A house cat will never feel the massaging ofContinue reading “Cat bathing stimulates skin”