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Your Cat At The Groomer

May 16, 2008
You probably already know that cats can bathe themselves by using their tongues to lick their fur clean, but sometimes this type of cleaning just isn't sufficient to work out the mats and tangles that can get into cats' hair. This is especially true for long hair cats, even for those cats that are brushed every single day by their owners. Groomers aren't only for cats that are entered into cat shows. Many cat owners send their cats to the groomers once in a while in order to get a bath and to get their fur conditioned to keep it in its best shape it can be.

You're going to pay a good amount of money in order to send your cat to the groomers, and your cat will probably not be very pleased about the whole process. There is a variety of services a groomer can do for your cat. Some groomers offer fur trims while other will shave the cats completely with the exception of the head and tail. Most groomers will give cats baths and condition their fur.

Getting the claws trimmed its a great idea, especially if you do not trim the claws on your own. You may even opt for some nail polish on those talons...

You may now be thinking that anyone trying to put nail polish on your cat would probably need to see a plastic surgeon, and yes, it is true, most cats do not at all enjoy these procedures and may display both fear and anger.

Finding a groomer that has extensive experience with cats is important. Grooming a cat is very different from grooming a dog. A groomer inexperienced with cats can make the visit into a disaster. Groomers used to cats will have the right temperament and be gentle with the cat, while at the same time knowing how to safely restrain kitty while she is being shampooed and getting her manicure.

After you get your soft, sweet smelling cat back home she may be a bit miffed and feeling insecure. Don't be surprised if she hides out for awhile. The beauty parlor experience can be a frightening experience for a cat.

While it is nice to get your cat groomed once in awhile, the fact is that most cats spend a whole lifetime without ever getting a bath. They are very efficient at keeping their "do" looking and smelling beautiful. If you have decided to take your cat to a groomer, expect to pay a bit of money and to pay restitution to your kitty when she comes home.
About the Author
Virginia Sutherland, author and long-time cat owner adores to write about cats. Here are more of her articles: Cat Distemper Symptoms and Cat Health Swollen Paw
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