Frequently Asked Questions – Grooming

 

Nixon, a Persian cat groomed by Aunt Stacey

How often do cats need to be professionally groomed?

The type of grooming required depends on the needs of the individual cat. For some, claw trim maintenance is sufficient. Others may benefit most from weekly sessions.

 

Don’t cats groom themselves?

Yes and they’re quite good at it by nature. Sometimes, it may not be enough. Cats spend a considerable amount of time auto-grooming and they do this for more than just aesthetic reasons. With all that licking, fur is ingested causing the dreaded hairballs. There’s only so much a cat tongue can do. Senior, overweight, or otherwise compromised cats are unable to care for themselves properly. Kittens introduced to positive human-assisted grooming understand it as part of their routine setting them up for a lifetime of grooming pleasure. There are many skin and coat issues that can be resolved with appropriate grooming support.

 

Can I be present while my cat is being groomed?

Absolutely! You are welcome to observe the groom on one condition: please trust me to provide the very best compassionate care for your cat. Your cat will respond to your energy, both calm and nervous. You are encouraged to reassure your cat with praise and sweet-talk, but do not attempt to restrain your cat. To ensure the safest experience, I’m responsible for all the handling.

 

Will my cat be sedated for grooming?

No. Most cats do not and should not be sedated for grooming. The experience can and should be positive. If your cat is or becomes a danger to him/herself or me, grooming will be stopped immediately. We will discuss the best options available, including my popular Desensitization Program. If grooming is necessary and the cat is unable to be handled safely, your veterinarian will need to be consulted about sedation options and the best course of action considering your cat’s mental and physical health.

I will not groom a sedated cat without the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian. There are far too many risks to the cat and it would be unethical for me to do otherwise. DO NOT give your cat anything to “take the edge off” prior to grooming.

 

Does my cat have to be current on vaccinations to be groomed?

Special consideration is given regarding vaccine requirements based on your cat’s individual lifestyle and general health. You will need to provide contact information for your cat’s veterinarian.

 

Can I schedule vaccinations, dental cleanings, or other medical procedures on the same day as my cat’s grooming?

No, in most cases. Grooming is stressful to some degree for all cats. To minimize stress I enforce a strict policy that grooming appointments must take place 2 weeks apart from medical care. Rare exceptions can be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Although it may be more convenient for the client, my top concern at all times is the cat’s well-being.

 

How long will the appointment take?

I reserve 30 minutes for claw trims and 1-2 hours for full grooms. Some cats are more tolerant and cooperative than others reducing the amount of time required. Every cat has a unique personality. Every groom session reflects the current state of mind, coat & skin condition, and overall health of the cat. If grooming is not completed within 2 hours, a follow-up appointment in 1-2 weeks will be scheduled.

 

What is the best way to contact Aunt Stacey for an appointment?

The first step is to review the grooming options, then submit a client/cat profile form. This website is designed to provide detailed and comprehensive information about my grooming services. If you don’t find the answers you need, send me a message.