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Do you have a question about cat grooming? Below are some of the most common questions asked by our clients about what cat grooming is really like.

  • How much does it cost to groom my cat?
    Grooming fees are based on various criteria such as weight, service provided, coat length, and condition of coat. Our Full Coat Bath & Blow Dry package starts at $85 for cats under 12 lbs. If your cat's coat is not in optimal condition, meaning there are lots of tangles and mats, the price can increase. **We will do our very best to provide you with an accurate cost for the groom when we are able to physically assess your kitty at the time of grooming. See all grooming services provided and their estimated costs here.
  • Why bathe a cat? Don't they clean themselves?
    When a cat licks itself, it doesn't remove the grease, dirt and debris that is in their coat. We use cat-safe degreasing and hypoalergenic shampoos to remove all of the dirt, grease, and debris that their coat accumulates over time. We believe that your kitty deserves to have a clean coat and skin and that this will help them live a happier and healthier life. People who are also allergic to cats are actually allergic to the Fel D1 protein. A degreasing bath and blow dry is the only way to remove this protein from their hair.
  • Why can't my cat be shaved?
    There are a few things to consider when deciding on shaving a cat: the temperament, age, health, and skin conditions. I will not shave your cat if they are aggressive, elderly, have underlying health issues, or if their skin is too thin. An exception will be made if a cat is severely matted or pelted, as shaving is the only option left for them, regardless of their age. A degreasing bath and blow dry every 4 - 6 weeks will remove all of the built up grease, oil and dead hair. I guarantee that your cat will never be matted again if this process is followed. If they do, your next groom is free! Have a read of this article for more information!
  • What does a house call appointment look like?
    The kitchen sink is the preferred place to bathe your kitty as cats tend to prefer small spaces. It makes them feel safer and more comfortable. The area surrounding the sink should be clear of dishes, food, trinkets, etc. This is for your kitty's safety. Some cats move around a lot and like to reach for things during the bath. We will not bathe your kitty in the bathtub. The blow dry is done in the bathroom (preferrably one with a fan) to keep the hair contained to a smaller space. This allows for a smaller space to clean up afterwards. While we strive to limit the amount of actual hands-on time with your kitty, the first appointment usually takes around three (3) hours to complete. This allows us to not only bathe and blow dry, but it lets us get to know your kitty, and for them to get to know us. This helps to develop their trust in the process. Once your kitty understands the process better, appointment time will decrease.
  • What do I need to do to prepare for the appointment?
    Before our groomer arrives, we ask that you make sure your kitty is placed in an area where they are easily accessible. This will ensure that we can set up without worrying about where they are. If your kitty is not readily available when set up is complete, or if we need to go searching for them, an additional fee will be charged. It is very important for you to remain calm before our groomer's arrival. Cats are very perceptive creatures and will pick up on your excitement or anxiety. As we sit on the floor to dry your kitty, please ensure that the litter box is removed from the room and the excess litter is cleaned up.
  • What causes matting?
    Cats are naturally oily and they shed. The combination of the two work together to create tangles and mats. Mats can easily evolve into a pelt if they are not removed in a timely manner. The natural buildup of oils prevents the hair from falling away during the shedding process. The shed hair will often then become trapped and tangled in the remaining hair. Sometimes these tangles are hard to see, making them easy to miss when petting or brushing your cat. With time, these tangles can start to form mats. Several mats can form if not removed and can join together making one very large mat, or pelt. Matting is more prominent in long haired cats, but it can also happen in short haired cats! Matting is completely preventable. Only by scheduling a regular degreasing bath and blow dry every 4 - 6 weeks will this eliminate the prospect of tangles and mats forever! See our list of available prices and services here.
  • Why does my cat need to have updated vaccines?
    For your kitty's safety and our groomer's, all clients require the following information before grooming can be completed: Proof of up-to-date vaccines (Veterinarian recommended) Veterinary exam completed within the last 12 months An exam within the last 12 months assures everyone that there are no underlying health issues that can be affected by the grooming process (such as heart murmurs). Regardless of the environment, whether at home or in a salon, grooming can be a stressful process for some kitties and their well-being is our top priority.
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