It’s not a one time thing. It’s not just an old cat thing. And it’s certainly not just a long-hair cat thing. Every single cat can benefit from regular grooming sessions, whether it is you doing the grooming at home (YES- we love it when people home groom!) or whether you would rather let a professional do the dirty work. Regular grooming removes loose hair to prevent excessive shedding and hairballs, keeps nails from growing into paw pads, and can prevent matting, urinary tract infections, and even litter box issues Continue reading Does Every Cat Need Grooming?
Any irregularity of the mouth, nose, or throat can prevent a cat from grooming. This is an example of an obvious growth, but more subtle examples would be chronic herpes infection or low-grade asthma. Continue reading On matted cats…
It’s kinda a big deal so make sure you read the article here and please go to the bottom after reading and COMMENT!!! https://www.newsweek.com/belly-flop-groomer-explains-theories-around-mystery-pouch-cats-viral-tiktok-1719095 The good old primordial pouch is apparently a hot topic! Are you scratching your head in confusion because you aren’t sure what a primordial pouch is? Well, it’s that loose bit of skin/fat that sways back and forth on your cat … Continue reading Did you see we made it into Newsweek this week?
How does the saying go? ‘There’s more than one way to skin a cat’? While I’d rather not think about the origin of that phrase, we all know what it means. Basically, there’s more than way to go about completing most tasks, and that phrase ironically applies to grooming a cat just as it does skinning one. In this post I’ll tell you what tools we use to professionally groom cats in the salon, and I’ll also give less-costly alternatives that get the job done for those of you at home that don’t want to invest $60 in a comb or $350 for a blow-dryer. Capiche? Let’s get started. Continue reading “Which Tools Should I Use to Groom My Cat at Home?”
Let’s start with the fact that it’s not easy and no one wants to do it… A client (who shall remain unnamed) told me he had a good idea for a blog post the other day. This gentleman, a regular client, had just taken his two GSD’s in for grooming at a dog salon. His total bill for two large dog grooms was-uh- how do … Continue reading Why is Cat Grooming So Expensive?
So how do you control a cat that is trying to escape, or attack during a procedure? You can’t put a leash on them for control (yes you can put one on them for fun- as a novelty… “Look at me, I’m walking my cat!” But let me see what happens when a fire truck goes by while you’re walking your cat on a leash. Just sayin’- it ain’t gonna end well. What you CAN do to safely control and calm a cat when needed is grab them firmly by the scruff of the neck with one hand, and use the other hand to hold their back legs. Continue reading Is it Okay to Scruff My Cat?
Why Do Cats Spray Indoors And Can You Stop it?? Maybe one of the most common questions we get asked is “why does my cat spray indoors? The answer is surprisingly simple. In your cat’s world this is perfectly normal behavior. This is how cats communicate with each other in the wild, it’s kind of like you posting a status update on Facebook, or uploading … Continue reading Why Does My Cat Spray?
I’m not a scientist, but I’m going to give you my opinion on it anyway. Take it or leave it. Pet owners are sometimes desperate people. Their unconditional love and affection knows no bounds, but their knowledge of animal behavior and anatomy definitely does. I’m constantly reminded that the average person has no idea how to express their pet’s anal glands, trim their nails, or … Continue reading Do Calming and Behavior Tonics Work for Cats
So where’s the downside, you may be asking yourself? That happens, my friends, when that little bottle-baby comes back for his annual exam exactly 12 months later and doesn’t seem to remember or even give one single f@ck how many sleepless nights you spent caring for him before his little eyes were even open. He only wants one thing- to shred you into tiny little pieces with his perfectly honed nails (naturally he’s too spoiled for his owners to attempt trimming them at home). Y’all…this little guy wasn’t abused- he was the exact opposite- HE WAS CODDLED- like a precious egg. And he’s just an a$shole. Continue reading You’re Cat Wasn’t Abused- it’s Just an A$shole.
The answer is an OVERWHELMING YES! We posted a video this week asking to hear your stories and the response was so surprising that we decided to include some of those stories in this week’s blog post. If this topic looks familiar to you, we did a blog post about a year ago called “Why can’t you adopt AND shop.” We were inspired to write … Continue reading Are People Being Forced to Shop Instead of Adopt?
The answer is both surprisingly simple and complicated at the same time. Let me tell you why… No, I’m not a veterinarian. I have, however, worked with vets since I was a teenager. I’ve known good ones, bad ones, funny ones, sexy ones, moody ones, the list goes on. They aren’t all the same- not by a long shot. That shouldn’t be too surprising since … Continue reading “How do I choose a good veterinarian for my cat?”
The jury is still out on this one. Let’s talk about it. I’ve been letting the comments on Instagram lead the way for the blog lately, after-all, why not answer the questions people are actually asking vs thinking of a new topic? This week is no exception. We posted a reel last week that showed a moderate case of feline chin acne. WOW… I never … Continue reading “Do Plastic Bowls Cause Chin Acne”
Let’s travel back in time together… the year is 1985. Magnum PI is on the television, and your parents have two cats that live outside and have never been to the vet. Amazingly they live to be 17 years old and never have a single problem. That’s how you remember it anyway, but was that really the case? Probably not. Continue reading “Do Cats Need Baths?”
For me, one of the best parts of grooming cats is taking their photo afterwards. I’ve probably invested in every kind of photo contraption around; fancy cameras, light rings, light boxes, you name it. I’ve bought every type of cat costume that ever existed (even a cat stripper costume- thank you Etsy), all in the name of getting that perfect photo for their owner! Holidays … Continue reading My Cutest Holiday Cat Photos of 2021
It’s kind of fascinating, isn’t it? At least that’s the reaction I receive when someone asks me what I do for a living. “That’s a thing?,” has been said to me on multiple occasions. And let’s face it- if you are here reading this right now, then the idea of cat grooming isn’t exactly mainstream yet. Would you have clicked on an article that said … Continue reading Why is Cat Grooming suddenly “a Thing?”
* Pro-tip- don’t put a cat bed on the floor and expect your cat to use it. Start off with tossing it casually on a favorite chair, the sofa, or even on your own bed. It may seem redundant, but this is cats we are talking about… they are the true definition of enigmatic so don’t think too hard about it. Just trust me. Continue reading Five Cat Products that You Should Definitely Have in Your Home!
In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than a waste of time or money, so for me this was a kind of dream-assignment. I love calling people out on crappy pet products (and there are a ton!). I’ve probably tried all of them, but would love some suggestions if you have any new ones that I’ve overlooked. These products range from absolutely absurd and completely useless to actually dangerous. Continue reading The Five Worst Cat Products That You Probably have at least one of…
Did you know We’ve been working as cat-professional for a combined 30 years? Wow-we’re old! But seriously, unless you are one of our clients, you may not know that before this pretty cool gig working at the only Certified Feline Master Groomer in the Lowcountry, I was a veterinary technician at an only-cats animal hospital with Whitney. This means that along with a pretty impressive … Continue reading Our Top 5 Favorite Cat Hacks (As Cat Professionals)
He wasn’t abused by his first owner, and he didn’t have any more of a traumatic experience than any other cat when it was spayed or neutered. I’m going to tell you why. Continue reading Does Your Cat Act like an A-hole at the Vet’s or Groomer’s?
We can. It’s stupid to judge people because they purchased a purebred animal. I’m going to tell you why. Being that I’ve been absolutely cat-crazy since a young age, I’ve owned a lot of cats in my life. I’ve had males and females, long-haired and short-haired (and most recently- NO haired). I’ve had tiny cats and huge cats, shelter cats and purebred cats. Not one … Continue reading Why can’t we adopt AND shop?
If you’ve tried, and tried, and tried… but you’re just not gaining any ground with the nail trims- let me introduce a little something called a Happy Hoodie. No- we didn’t invent them- a very smart groomer did- but, we do LOVE them! They are a complete game-changer for some cats. Have you ever put a Halloween costume on a pet? You know how sometimes they just kinda freeze-up and fall over when you put it on them? Well, sometimes the Happy Hoodie has a similar effect. I’d say it calms down 75% of the cats we put it on. Continue reading Learn How to Trim Your Cat’s Nails (and Take Back Control of Your House)