What causes matting?
Greasy skin and coat combined with natural shedding causes matting. Once a small tangle or mat forms, it grows very quickly. The only real defense against tangles and mats is regular bathing and drying done by a professional cat groomer who truly knows what they are doing. Some groomers are not cat groomers and will groom a cat using products and techniques that can cause more problems. Make sure your cat groomer is certified through the National Cat Groomers Institute of America, Inc, the only cat grooming association that offers effective, quality training for cat grooming certification.
Do cats like getting a bath?
Contrary to popular belief, most cats do not mind being bathed. In fact, many are very calm during the bathing process and seem to find it relaxing. Warm water is also soothing for the achy joints of the elderly cat with arthritis. We use special techniques to introduce a cat to the bathing process each time, until we can see that they are used to it. Cat owners often report that they have a very happy cat after it returns home from a day at the spa.
Did you know that the Turkish Van breed is named so after the Lake Van & is commonly considered a 'Swimming Cat'?!
How do you dry the cats?
The Catty Shack Vac is a patented drying system designed specifically for cats. It offers the most efficient drying process and produces the highest quality groom in the end and the lowest animal stress.
Will you sedate my cat?
I do not sedate cats. In reality, very few cats truly do need any sort of sedative in order to be groomed. I handle each cat in such a way that the need for drugs of any kind rarely happens. If we do think your cat would best be served by receiving medication, I will refer you to your veterinarian for a mild sedative that can be administered prior to the grooming appointment. Being mobile also allows me to work more closely with your veterinarian and your cats medical needs.
Will it hurt my cat to be groomed?
It can hurt your cat to NOT be groomed. Cats that are not groomed are prone to serious matting problems, skin conditions, painful ingrown nails, and a variety of other problems that, if left unattended, can cause irreversible damage or even death. A cat that is groomed regularly (approximately every 6 weeks) will not suffer from such problems. Because the groomer is handling the cat on a regular basis and looking over every inch of its body during each visit, health issues that may arise can be found early on, and the likelihood of effective intervention is increased.
In fact, regular grooming is an intense exercise in handling. Those animals who tend to be more shy of handling become more used to regular interaction and tend to show an improvement in behavior, an added benefit of regular grooming.
How long will it take for you to groom my cat?
Typically please allow 1-1.5 hours for your appointment if you have only one cat. If you bring in two or more, or the cat is severely pelted or matted, the groom time may take longe. Seeing a cat/s in person, allows me to give you a better estimate the length of groom. I believe cats are better served by not being away from their normal home environment any longer than possible, and therefore strive to complete each groom in an efficient and timely manner. I work at the cat's pace, which really dictates the time needed to complete a high quality groom.
How often should my cat be groomed?
Most cats need to be professionally groomed every 6 weeks or less, depending on their coat condition. I ask as many questions as possible in an effort to determine what your kitty truly needs and what style is a best fit for you and your feline's breed.
Can you groom my cat if he is aggressive?
Most of the time I can. I can usually tell when we initially see your cat in person whether or not it can be safely handled.
Can you groom my cat if I have tried other salons and they have turned him away?
Yes, that is my specialty.
What are the benefits to having my cat professionally groomed?
The main benefit is having a happier, healthier cat that does not suffer from any of the painful and potentially life-threatening problems already mentioned. In addition, you will benefit as regular grooming cuts down on shedding, eliminates hairballs, reduces allergy problems, and helps promote a cleaner environment as well as a cleaner cat. And the best part is, you don’t have to do any of the grooming yourself.
Leave the tough part up to me!
Other Helpful Information
Database of toxic/non-toxic plants to cats: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/cats-plant-list