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Grooming a cat

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I often get asked when a new client calls to inquire about grooming their cat, “Well, how do you do it?” I am usually at a loss for words. I really don’t know how to answer that question. Groomers are professionals at handling and working with animals. It’s just what we do. I am always amazed when my auto mechanic can fix something that I have no idea about, but I know he has been doing this for years and he understands cars. For us cat groomers, working on a cat is like brushing our teeth. I don’t mean to imply that we aren’t paying attention, I just mean to say that is comes naturally to us. For any profession, if you do it long enough, you become an expert. But for some reason people are always amazed that we do this. So I am getting better at answering these questions now. We have handling skills, tools we use to calm the cat down so they don’t get too stressed out, and the cat knows we know what we are doing.  We work with so many cats we can anticipate a cat’s every move, most of the time! When I watch a person on TV handling wild animals I am amazed too. But they have the skill set to manage it. Now don’t get me wrong. I am not in any way complaining. I am amused mainly. I sort of get a kick out of it. It’s one of the reasons we like new clients to stay for a little while on their first visit so they can see for themselves what and how we groom their cat. I get nervous cat Moms who come in, (more scared than the cat), and by the time they leave they are amazed at how well their cat did. They almost have a shocky look on their face.
We not only believe in our skill set, we believe in the cats that they can sense we are confident and are not here to hurt them. We have expectations of the cats, and 9 times out of 10 they try and live up to it. Cats mirror our emotions. When we are apprehensive, untrusting of the outcome and nervous, they pick up on that. I have had nervous people leave the room, their cat looks up at me and gives a big sigh as if to say, “Thank goodness they left. They were making me nervous, what about you?” Of course I answer back and say, yeah, I felt the same way!

Comments

  1. Great post! Love the blog. I understand what you’re saying. It must be great to get to develop that skill set over the years.

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