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"Don't Cats Groom Themselves?" Just One of the Many Myths About Cat Grooming!

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"Don't Cats Groom Themselves?"

At PreZoomably Cats, an exclusive cat salon in Regina, Saskatchewan, we love it when people ask this question.

Our answer is “No, cats do not groom themselves.” They do lick themselves all over and cover their fur with saliva, which in turn creates dander — a significant contributor to allergies in humans.

It has been approximately three years since we opened PreZoomably Cats: Feline Groomz & Roomz. The impact of our salon on Regina’s cat population has far exceeded our expectations.  We have learned so many lessons in this journey and here are a few:

  • Grooming a cat can genuinely change its life and that of its owner/s. Many clients have informed us their cat changes from grumpy to much more content and compliant — some even say more cuddly — with the Lion Cut. It has been remarkable.
  • Many of our feline clients felt the only way their cat could be groomed was to sedate it. Not only do we never sedate a cat; we also never restrain it during the grooming process.
  • There is a tremendous need for cat groomers to assist with matted/pelted cats, which in the past have had no opportunity to be groomed by a professional Certified Feline Master Groomer (CFMG).
  • With the right training and equipment, a professional can groom a cat with its health in mind, as well as its safety.
  • Grooming a cat professionally can solve many owner problems, such as shedding, dander, dandruff, scratching furniture, allergies, hairballs, matting, dirty ears, sanitation cleanliness and more.
  • Most importantly - There is a huge need to educate cat owners and demystify the myths, such as "You could never groom my cat," or "Cats hate water," and most of all, the line mentioned earlier, "Cats groom themselves."

 

LET'S LOOK AT THE MYTHS ONE BY ONE:

"You could never groom my cat."

The fact is if a groomer is qualified and trained with the proper skills, tools, and techniques; yes they can groom your cat.  In fact, we have three groomers who have become Certified Feline Master Groomers through the National Cat Groomers Institute, and they manage even the most aggressive cats.  In saying this, however, we are often surprised at how many clients come in thinking their cat may very well kill the groomer and the groom turns out to be rather uneventful, and the cat was compliant.

 

"All cats hate water!"

The fact is, all cats do not hate water.  In fact, when we deem a cat aggressive through our assessment, the first thing we do is take it to the bath.  The bath calms the cat down and enables us to complete the groom. Here is a cat that is quite enjoying its bath time.

"Cats groom themselves."

The fact is, daily we see cat clients arriving at our salon greasy, matted, smelly, litter stuck in their pads, ears waxy and full of debris, and packing overgrown nails that look like weapons of mass destruction.  It is evident these cats haven't done an adequate job of grooming themselves.  There is great confusion.  When a cat licks itself, it is not cleaning itself 

When a cat licks itself, it is covering its coat with saliva and an enzyme called Fel d 1. 

Fel d 1 is the allergen that is so toxic to many cat allergic humans. The saliva the cat deposits along with the enzymes and the inherent greasiness creates a situation where mating occurs.  If your cat is short coated it turns the coat to a lack-luster appearance and it isn't  pleasant to pet, plus the "smelly cat" syndrome exists.  Sometimes clients are not even aware their cat is matted.  A mat on a cat can be woven so tightly that it can be confused with the skin.

When a cat is pelted, it causes all kinds of issues.  The air cannot penetrate a pelted area and reach the skin.  Often moisture and bacteria are harbored in the pelt and skin irritations, or even infection can occur.  Also, there's the fact that the cat's mobility is impeded.  Mats and pelts are painful for cats!

Here is one of our worst examples of a cat who failed epically at grooming itself.

This cat is extensively matted and pelted.  The fur is tightly interwoven to the point where its mobility is impaired

This cat is extensively matted and pelted.  The fur is tightly interwoven to the point where its mobility is impaired

This picture shows the depth of the mats.

This picture shows the depth of the mats.

We found twigs, and feces within the mats. 

We found twigs, and feces within the mats. 

Do not fear this cat left our salon happy and overjoyed to be freed of its pelt. 

When you look at her skin, can you see where the pelt impeded air circulation?   (PLEASE NOTE THE BOOT LINE IS NOT WHERE IT SHOULD BE- DUE TO THE PELTING WE HAD TO ADJUST THE GROOM)

When you look at her skin, can you see where the pelt impeded air circulation? 

(PLEASE NOTE THE BOOT LINE IS NOT WHERE IT SHOULD BE- DUE TO THE PELTING WE HAD TO ADJUST THE GROOM)

Now, not all cats come to us with conditions like this.

MANY COME TO OUR SALON ON A MAINTENANCE PROGRAM. 

The client's request is to have their cat's coats cleaned of grease and debris;  to have their nails adequately trimmed and their ears, eyes and sanitary area cleaned. 

Once our clients experience what a clean cat should look and feel like, our education is complete.  Here are just a few before and after pictures to get a visual sense of the difference from a dirty cat to a clean cat. 

 

Example #1

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Example #2

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The results of a clean cat are more than a visual benefit; they are also a health benefit.  A fresh, well-groomed cat can eliminate hairball issues, shedding issues, lessen allergies, improve skin conditions, eliminate ingrown nails and more. 

The myths following cats and their grooming needs are de-bunked, and it is through education of both groomers and their clients, that so many of the feline skin problems and coat conditions are being remedied.

Trusting a Certified Feline Master Groomer is knowing they have been trained not only in the feline grooming aspect but also the physiology and psychology of a cat.  
 

All Fur Love,

Connie Buchanan

Why Would A Cat Require A Professional Groomer?

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"DON'T CATS GROOM THEMSELVES?"

At PreZoomably Cats, a cat-exclusive salon in Regina, Saskatchewan, we love it when people ask this question.

Our answer is “No, cats do not groom themselves.” They do lick themselves all over and cover their fur with saliva, which in turn creates dander — a significant contributor to allergies in humans.

It has been approximately three years since we opened PreZoomably Cats: Feline Groomz & Roomz. The impact of our salon on Regina’s cat population has far exceeded our expectations. Through this incredible journey we have learned the following :

  • Grooming a cat can genuinely change its life and that of its owner/s. Many clients have informed us their cat changes from grumpy to much more content and compliant — some even say more cuddly — with the Lion Cut. It has been remarkable.
  • Many of our feline clients felt the only way their cat could be groomed is to sedate it. Not only do we never sedate a cat; we also never restrain it during the grooming process.
  • There is a tremendous need for cat groomers to assist with matted/pelted cats, which in the past have had no opportunity to be groomed by a professional Certified Feline Master Groomer (CFMG).
  • With the right training and equipment, a professional can groom a cat with its health in mind, as well as its safety.
  • Grooming a cat professionally can solve many owner problems, such as shedding, dander, dandruff, scratching furniture, allergies, hairballs, matting, dirty ears, sanitation cleanliness and more.
  • Most importantly - There is a huge need to educate cat owners and demystify the myths, such as "You could never groom my cat," or "Cats hate water," and most of all, the line mentioned earlier, "Cats groom themselves."

LET'S LOOK AT THE MYTHS ONE BY ONE:

"You could never groom my cat."

T"You could never groom my cat."
The fact is if a groomer is qualified and trained with the proper skills, tools, and techniques; yes they can groom your cat. In fact, we have three groomers who have become Certified Feline Master Groomers through the National Cat Groomers Institute, and they manage even the most aggressive cats. In saying this, however, we are often surprised at how many clients come in thinking their cat may very well kill the groomer and the groom turns out to be rather uneventful, and the cat was compliant.

"All cats hate water!"

The fact is, all cats do not hate water. In fact, when we deem a cat aggressive through our assessment, the first thing we do is take it to the bath. The bath calms the cat down and enables us to complete the groom. Here is a cat that is quite enjoying its bath time.

"Cats groom themselves."

The fact is, daily we see cat clients arriving at our salon greasy, matted, smelly, litter stuck in their pads, ears waxy and full of debris, and packing overgrown nails that look like weapons of mass destruction. It is evident these cats haven't done an excellent job of grooming themselves. There is great confusion. Many people think when a cat licks itself, it is indeed cleaning itself. 

When a cat licks itself, it is covering its coat with saliva and an enzyme called Fel d 1.


Fel d 1 is the allergen that is so toxic to many cat allergic humans. The saliva the cat deposits along with the enzymes and the inherent greasiness creates a situation where mating occurs. If your cat is short coated it turns the coat to a lack-luster appearance and it isn't beneficial to pet. The "smelly cat" syndrome exists too. 

Sometimes clients are not even aware their cat is matted. A mat or pelt on a cat is so tightly woven that it can be confused with the skin.

When a cat is pelted, it causes all kinds of issues. The air cannot penetrate a pelted area and reach the skin. Often moisture and bacteria are harbored in the pelt and skin irritations, or even infection can occur. Also, there's the fact that the cat's mobility is impeded. Mats and pelts are painful for cats!

Here is one of our worst examples of a cat who failed epically at grooming itself.

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Do not fear, this cat left our salon happy and overjoyed to be freed of its pelt.

When you look at her skin, can you see where the pelt impeded air circulation? 

When you look at her skin, can you see where the pelt impeded air circulation? 

When you look at her skin, can you see where the pelt impeded air circulation? 

Now not all cats come to us with conditions like this.

Many come to our salon on a maintenance program. The client's request is to have their cat's coats cleaned of grease and debris; to have their nails adequately trimmed and their ears, eyes and the sanitary area cleaned. 

Once our clients experience what a clean cat should look and feel like, our education is done. Here are just a few before and after pictures to get a visual sense of the difference from a dirty cat to a clean cat.

Example #1

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Picture29.png

Example #2

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The results of a clean cat are more than a visual benefit; it is also a health benefit. A fresh, well-groomed cat can eliminate hairball issues, shedding issues, lessen allergies, improve skin conditions, and eliminate ingrown nails and more. 

The myths following cats and their grooming needs are de-bunked, and it is through education of both groomers and their clients, that so many of the feline skin problems and coat conditions are being remedied.

Trusting a Certified Feline Master Groomer is knowing they have been trained not only in the feline grooming aspect but also the physiology and psychology of a cat. Acquiring the knowledge and skill is where safe and successful cat grooming is at its finest!

All Fur Love,

Connie Buchanan

Yes, I Groom Cats At PreZoomably Cats: Feline Groomz & Roomz!

It’s amazing what a conversation starter it is when you tell someone you groom cats!  If you bring it up at a party the conversation inevitably gets quite silly!

Imagine sitting with friends around a campfire after a few cocktails, the subject of cat grooming comes up,  and suddenly the jokes start rolling… mainly from the male demographic…. I’m sure you know what I mean.  Then by habit, (I’m a follower of Danelle German- found of the National Cat Groomer’s Institute)  

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I RESPOND … “CATS DON’T GROOM THEMSELVES, THEY LICK THEMSELVES…. IF YOU LICKED YOURSELF WOULD YOU BE CLEAN?”  AND SO THE STORY GOES.  

This exact thing happened at a fun get-together and the jokes carried on for two hours!

For many people to wrap their heads around the facts that: yes, cats require professional grooming, &  yes, a human can actually be crazy enough to do this as a career- (& live to tell about it), is just plain mind boggling!

But I DO GROOM CATS and I LOVE IT.  In fact, my salon; PreZoomably Cats: Feline Groomz & Roomz, employs 4 CFMG’s (Certified Feline Master Groomers), and they are incredibly busy!

As much as people want to believe their cats self-groom by licking themselves for years and covering their coat in layers of saliva, (without ever having a bath) is simply “mind boggling” to me.  Problems such as trimming nails, cleaning their ears, solving dandruff and shedding problems, and removing the grease (cats are extremely greasy creatures), and last but not least, eliminating their mats- are not problems your cat can address, no matter how much it licks and “grooms” itself!

PreZoomably Cats: Feline Groomz & Roomz is the first exclusive cat salon in Regina, Saskatchewan. We groom anywhere from 80-100 cats per week.  The impact our salon has had on our cat population has far exceeded all my expectations.  The following is a list of just some of the “Wow” realizations I have had….

  • That grooming a cat can truly change it’s life and their owners’ life.  The many, many, many clients who have informed us that their cat literally changes from a grumpy cat to a much more content- even some say more cuddly cat, with the Lion Trim, has truly been remarkable!
  • That many of our feline clients were previously sedated at  veterinary clinics, only to be shaved by staff with no cat grooming training whatsoever.
  • That there is a tremendous need for cat groomers to assist with matted/pelted cats, who in the past have had no opportunity to be groomed by a professional CFMG!
  • That with the right training and the right equipment, a professional can groom a cat with it’s health in mind as well as their safety!
  • That there is a HUGE NEED TO EDUCATE cat owners and demystify the myths! Myths such as, “You could NEVER groom my cat!”, or “Cats Hate Water”, & most of all the one mentioned earlier, “Cats groom themselves!”
  • That grooming a cat professionally can solve many owners’ problems- problems such as shedding, scratching furniture, allergies, hairballs, matting, dirty ears, sanitation cleanliness, and more!  We all want a healthy cat!
  • That watching  a new client’s reaction when they see their clean/ groomed cat is a most rewarding gift!   Many are in tears, as they had no idea how truly dirty their cat was, until they see the results!

 It is my hope this blog starts conversations of any sort about cat grooming- yes, even the silly conversations around a campfire after a few drinks…. my mission, as with other CFMG’s out there, is to share that Cat’s Need To Be Groomed