Patience is a Virtue

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One of the many valuable lessons I have learned in life from grooming cats is patience. I have learned (most of the time), to slow down, be in the present, and focus on the job at hand. Cats have their bad days and good days just like us, whether they are not feeling well, something might hurt, or just plain old in a bad mood. I know I have days like that. We say we just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Cats can’t vocalize that so they may act out in ways not in line with their every day behavior, in the salon and at home. I always try and do the best grooming job I can. Some days the cats cooperate a lot better and this enables me to do the show finish I like. But it’s not always about what I want. For instance, if I get an elderly cat in with arthritis, and this cat is achy today, I may not push the cat to strip out the coat as much as I would normally do. I try and work with the cat to not distress it. In the veterinary world their motto is, “Do no harm.” I always try and think that. How can I get this job done in time, doing my best work and not cause any stress on the cat? Now there are days when certain cats can just be drama queens. We are in a whole different category now. People have actually heard me tell the cat to quit being so dramatic. The cats look at me with a “How did you know?” look. Yeah, I’ve got your number. After grooming thousands of cats I can honestly say I have never met two cats alike. They all have this distinct personality. Now I am not saying I love all of them. It’s hard to baby talk a cat trying to attack you. But I have learned to stay calm, not rise to their level, but be a grounding force for them to come down to my level and refocus, to gain stability and continue. So many people think of cat groomers being attacked all the time, and this is simply not true. I would say it is only 3% of cats that can be a challenge. Another chance for me to practice patience. Another chance for me to slowly train this cat that what I am doing will not hurt her/him. In time things change. But patience is a virtue.

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