How to Select a Cat Grooming Expert

Cat Grooming Expert selection process

Families always want the best for their feline pals, and it’s important to always look into their best interests. If you’re one of the millions of cat owners, it’s important to look into getting your pet groomed by an expert. A good cat grooming professional will be able to not only help with the coat, nails, and overall well being, but also look into the health of your cat as well. A healthy cat will also most likely be a well groomed cat.

Consider following the hints below, when it’s time to select a cat grooming expert for your beloved feline friend.

  1. Ask Around – Make sure that you ask around and see if any of your friends and family is moving forward with grooming. Most often, professionals get a lot of their business through word of mouth, so it’s a good thing to consider overall. Neglecting to ask around can mean the difference between getting a good overall professional service or something less than wholesome for your pet.
  2. Reputation – We are living in a digital world, one that has a lot of information at the push of a button. People can even find a lot of different things on their phone, without getting on the full-fledged Internet. Reading the reputation of a company online is easier than ever. You will find that there are many different services in your area that offer the right services for you, at a price that you can afford.
  3. Quote – Get a quote before you invest in any type of service. This is a tried and true option that many people seem to forget about. Always make sure that you get a full quote, and if possible get it in writing. If you don’t get the information in writing, you might end up missing out on the greatness that is involved with getting a cat grooming expert to attend to your feline friend.
  4. Package Deals – Lastly, consider looking for package deals that will give you a discount. These can be a one-time discount or a discount on several services sprawled out throughout any given time frame. Getting ahead of the curve is important, and that’s why a package deal should be move forward with medical assistance as well.

Your pet deserves the best, and if you don’t have enough patience or time to do the whole grooming thing yourself, then look for a cat grooming expert for your overall needs. Your cat might not take to it at the very first moment, but they’ll learn to love the greatness of being pampered, just like the average owner loves it. Brushing the fur, cutting the nails, and a quick shampoo is just what the doctor ordered. The peace of mind that comes over a person when you get a professional service, is quite high, which is why this option is an imperative thing to look into.

Carmen Craig is a cat grooming expert and Certified Master Feline Groomer

 

Lion Cuts Explained

Lion cuts are done for many reasons, mostly to cool the cat or cut down on shedding and hairballs.

A lion cut is a short shave for your cat with definite lines. The body is shaved close leaving the ruff and head full and the legs are shaved to a certain point and the tail may be left full or with a pom-pom.

A groomer should know the lines of this cut in order to present you with a beautiful cat! Cats have paw pads  placed further up the leg, above the foot, as well as tendons that are prominent, below the shave line for the standard lion cut.

When any shaving is done in these areas, unnecessary risk is involved. You should never shave down a cats tail all the way, always leave enough hair at the end to create a pom-pom or leave a full tail. When a cats tail is shaved down all the way, a cat may chew or bite their tail, causing injury to themselves.

Why a Lion Cut for cats?

Sometimes a cat is so severely matted the only remedy is to shave off the damaged hair. Some cats are just happier when not wearing their full coats! Lion cuts are very popular with our clients. Lion cuts can be done on long or short hair cats.

How long does a lion cut last?

On average it can take 3 months for a short hair cat to regrow to full length. On a long hair cat it can take 4 to 6 months to regrow to a full coat. There is no reason, provided a cats skin is healthy and its temperament is suitable that a lion cut can not be done more frequent, if the owner wants this.

Important Considerations for first time lion Cuts

For first time lion cut on a cat, the owner should know that it is a drastic change, appearance wise, for both owner and cat. Most cats adjust to their lion cut within a couple of days, sometimes developing a much better disposition because of it.

Occasionally the cats coat may grow in sparsely after a shave down, guard hairs grow normal but the undercoat comes in much slower. This can happen at any time and may never happen again to the same cat once the scraggly coat is shaved back down and the regrowth process is started over. Reasons for this are not known. If this continues to happen on a particular cat, there could be underlying health problems and your cat should see a veterinarian.

Lion Cut variation is a comb cut

A comb cut is the same as a lion cut, just leaving the hair longer. Comb cuts can vary in length, 1/2 to 1 inch or longer, The thicker and more plush a cat’s coat, the better a comb cut will look. Cats with a silky coat type tend to look choppier and less suited to the style as a whole.

With comb cuts there will always be some level of tracking on the coat. Tracking, being lines left from the comb attachment. Even when tracking is present, it will typically disappear within a day or two of the grooming, after the coat settles. The comb cut, done proper, is actually two grooms, a full coat groom first then the comb cut is done, that is why a comb cut cost is quite a bit more than a lion cut.

Comb cuts must be done on a clean cat. The lines are the same, on both the lion cut and the comb cut. To achieve a good comb cut the cat must  be suitable, in both temperament and coat type.

Call us today or stop by Feline Fabulous so we can discuss if a lion cut is right for your cat.

 

 

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Toe Tuffs & Ruff Skim?

Toe tuffs? Ruff skim? What are you talking about?

Toe TuffsSome of the most beautiful attributes of the long hair breeds can be problem points for the owner. Toe tuffs, the longer  hairs growing on the bottom of the feet between the paw pads, can track litter threw out the house. They are desirable when showing and are part of the breed standard for many pedigreed cats, but can be trimmed, quickly and safely using a small trimmer clipper, to suit the needs of the owner.

 

The ruff skim, when an owner request a trim around the neckline of the cat–often times this request is to prevent the ruff from getting wet or dirty when the cat eats or drinks or to keep the ruff hairs from being caught in its mouth when licking. A ruff trim creates an over all neater appearance, easier to maintain on cats with a longer ruff.

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What is a Master Feline Groomer

Why using a Master Feline Groomer is important.

There are a lot of different pet grooming services that you can find throughout greater Charlotte metropolitan area. Large cities have so many options to look into when it comes to finding a pet grooming service, but few have a Certified Master Feline Groomer from the National Cat Groomers Institute of America (NCGIA)

Cats need special attention, and they all have different personalities.

When you’re looking for pet groomers consider a master feline groomer, there are 3 things that you need to look for. If you can find these things together, you’ll enjoy the best bet for your cat’s overall needs.

Consider the following 3 identifying traits when choosing a Master Feline Groomer:

1. Experience – The first thing that a master feline groomer will have is experience. They will dedicate their life to dealing with felines and nothing else. Sure, there are some locations that have both dog and cat grooming, but the best bet is the ones that deal with purely cats. Providing a stress free, dog free environment for your cat. Cats require a special kind of nuance, and making sure that they are comfortable even when bathing, is important. Only a steady hand, and a caring heart can truly get this done properly.

2. Credentials – Certifications, safety, and more are required to have a fully licensed business. A Certified master feline groomer, service has the credentials to back up their claims. It’s absolutely important to understand that safety comes with thorough care. When a certified master feline groomer takes care of your little one, they’ll be able also give your beloved friend a health examination, close to but not as thorough as a veterinarian during the grooming process. A master feline groomer with experience can spot abnormal situations and recommend you to a veterinarian if needed.

3. Reputation – The online world has information on every single kind of service possible. You’ll find that reputation online of pet groomers will be the third essential piece to finding a master feline groomer. You are going to feel a greater peace of mind knowing your precious pet is in the hands of someone that others have recommended. With the information age in full swing do not miss this opportunity to check out your pet groomer.

There are currently many different things to consider when looking for the proper Charlotte pet groomer for your cat. Before you invest in any major service, you should spend some time looking around for a service that offers you a Certified Master Feline Groomer, one that is highly rated, recommended, and ready for your needs. Do not go with any service that doesn’t give you peace of mind or you do not feel is a right fit for you.

Cats are lovely creatures, and they all have their own personality, so it’s imperative to take your time finding someone that is going to give them the loving attention that you would give them. Never neglect to take your time when following through with selecting the right service for your needs.

Carmen Craig is a Master Feline Groomer

Sanitary & Belly Shave

The Sanitary Shave helps with messy situations

Does your long hair kitty get a bit messy on the bottom and you hate to clean them up after every litter box affair? Maybe your kitty is a bit obese and can not effectively clean themselves properly, or your elderly kitty has a few issues with keeping clean.

What does a Sanitary Shave do?

A sanitary shave is keeping the hair short in these areas and may alleviate the problems. A mini sani shave is hair shaved just around the anus. A full sani shave involves the entire groin area. All sani shaves can be done to suit your kittys personal needs and help keep things cleaner for you and your kitty.

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Long Hair Kitty Care

Does your long hair kitty get those little bothersome mats all on their belly and underarm areas or lay on the ac vents to keep cool? Maybe you are a bit overwhelmed with the maintenance of the long hair but do not want that shaved look, or your kitty might not be a good candidate for a lion cut.

A belly shave, sani combo might be the answer! When done proper the shaved areas are not that noticeable and your kitty can have that full coat look.
We are here to help educate you in proper care and grooming of your kitty. Feel free to call and discuss your concerns with me.

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What is De-Shed Treatment

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De-shed treatment is a great solution

At Feline Fabulous, our De-shed treatment is one of our most popular add on services. Done after your cat is groomed, you get the best results.

It is our human clients that notice the De-shed treatment difference the most, less hair in the house, on your clothes and fewer hairballs to clean up! Short hair cats can shed just as much, if not more, than long hair cats, so no matter your cats hair length, a good De-shed treatment can benefit cat and owner.

De-shed Treatment to gauge When Kitty is Due

Some owners gauge their groom appointments on how much their cat is shedding, pet the kitty and get a handful of hair, it is time to see the groomer! Most deshed treatments can last 3 to 4 weeks, done on a regular basis, the time may last even longer.

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What are Soft Paws

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Feline Fabulous offers Soft Paws Nail Cap applications.

Soft Paws nail caps are a vinyl nail cap designed to fit easily over your cats claws. They are quick and easy to apply and typically last 4 to 6 weeks. Soft Paws do not affect nail extension or retraction.

Are Soft Paws Safe?

They are safe and effective for all cats no matter the cats age. Soft Paws prevent cats with skin conditions from injuring themselves with their hind claws and also can protect infants and seniors from scratches their cats may leave.

Soft Paws are a humane alternative to declawing or having to place your pet for adoption. Developed by a veterinarian, Soft Paws are a painless, non-surgical solution to your cats destructive scratching.

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