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FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What do I need from pet owners?
I need a sink, utility sink, or bath tub to wash your pet and one electrical outlet.

2.  Do I need to provide any equipment?
No. I will bring my own pet grooming equipment.

3.  Do you clean after the groom?
Yes! I will sweep, vacuum/mop and dispose of any hair or dirt, and clean/sanitize the area.

4.  Why should my cat get groomed?
Regular grooming is an integral part of your cat’s overall health and well-being. Can you imagine not washing your hair for several months or years? It would get pretty bad. It is so much nicer to be around a fluffy, clean smelling kitty. It is also much less traumatic and less painful (not to mention less expensive) to have kitty on a regular grooming schedule. They deserve it. Groomers are also in the rare position to examine every inch of kitty. We can sometimes find health problems early that may have gone otherwise undetected and caused more serious conseqences down the road.

5.  Do I have to be home for the groom?
After an initial meeting I can definitely make arrangements, so you do not have to be there for grooming appointments. Either by leaving a key just like for pet sitters or a code for the garage door. I am all about safety and convenience!

6.  What qualifications do you have?
I have been trained by an accredited pet grooming college, am certified in Pet CPR and First Aid by both the American Red Cross and PetTech, and regularly attend grooming training seminars, trade shows/conventions and vendor events. From pet grooms to AKC breed cuts, rest assured you will be thrilled with the results!  Feel free to check out the portfolio of cats on my Facebook page.

7.  My cat has allergies. Are your products safe?
All of the products used on your pet are guaranteed to be hypoallergenic; free of harsh ingredients, dyes and fragrances.

8.  How often should my cat get groomed?
The National Cat Groomers Institute of America and the Cat Fanciers Assocation recommend the following grooming schedule for cats:

Long-haired cats: every 4- 6 weeks
Medium-haired cats: every 6-8 weeks
Short-haired cats: every 8-12 weeks

9.  What will the experience be like for my cat?
The more frequently a cat gets groomed, the more they will be able to handle the grooming process. Grooming should not be a negative experience. Some cats do well with being groomed right away; others take a little time. A compliant or shy cat will have a greater tolerance level than an aggressive cat. Health factors will also affect your cat’s response to grooming. Cats that are ill or are not feeling well have reason to feel cranky and, therefore, will have lower tolerance levels. The grooming experience is mental conditioning and it may take several times for a cat to feel more comfortable with the process.

If your cat has been previously groomed by a dog groomer or at a vet’s office with dogs, they will likely carry their stress response into their next grooming experience. Not all cats are good candidates for grooming, and since we do not use anesthetics during grooming, we will not groom any cat that has a very high stress response. It’s not healthy for the cat, and our first priority is listening to the needs of each kitty.

10.  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. We use special techniques to introduce a cat to the bathing process each time, until we can see that they are used to it.

11.  What causes matting?
Greasy skin and coat combined with natural shedding causes matting. And 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.

12.  Will you sedate my cat?
We do not sedate cats. In reality, very few cats truly do need any sort of sedative in order to be groomed. We 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, we will refer you to your veterinarian for a mild sedative that can be administered prior to the grooming appointment.

13.  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.

14.  How long will it take to groom my cat?
We typically allow 2 hours for your appointment if you have only one cat. If you have two or more, or the cat is severely pelted or matted, the groom time may take longer. Once we see your cat/cats in person, we will be able to give you a better estimate.

15.  Can you groom my cat if he is aggressive?
Most of the time we can. We can usually tell when we initially see your cat in person whether or not it can be safely handled.

16.  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 that up to us!