What’s a Girl To Do?

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So here is my dilemma. And it happens so often I am writing in my blog about it. For years I have been trying to educate people about the regular grooming needs of cats. And I don’t mean running a comb through them once a year. Same experience for friends of mine that are dog groomers. I get in these matted cats, but the owner does not want the hair shaved. (Since de-matting a cat is very painful I refuse to de-mat. ) And why would you want to save any damaged hair on this cat? It’s too late! Maybe we should have thought about this 6 months ago? I’m a good groomer, but I’m not a magician. I can’t just wave my magic wand and make it all go away. So we stand there, face to face, like it’s a duel off. I have no other answers for you. If you want me to cause pain to your cat by ripping out mats close to the skin, you’ve got the wrong groomer. A few mats, sure, we can shave those off. I have 2 Master Feline Groomer Certifications and I for the life of me have still yet to figure out how to make those mats disappear. Neglect has consequences we don’t always like. But don’t blame the groomer or get upset with us. Owning a pet requires certain responsibilities. They are dependent upon us for their care. You can’t undo months of neglect in one grooming session. How hard is it to understand? I keep questioning myself. Am I not explaining this right? Am I speaking another language that only groomers understand? Believe me, this happens in the dog grooming world as well. When an owner stands there with this severely matted cat and tells me. “I don’t want my cat shaved”, I feel like a deer caught in headlights. I am baffled. I have no answers for you. Neglect can sometimes have very legitimate reasons, but it is still neglect. And there is nothing I like better than to see a cat in optimum condition. That is rewarding for all of us groomers. I always ask myself; “What is the least painful, stressful procedure we can do on this cat to get it back into condition?” A lot of times this requires shaving the whole cat down. Most people understand this and trust my judgement, but there are those few that put their own ego before what is best for the cat, and yet don’t or won’t see it. So what am I to do? I will just keep nagging on the benefits of regular grooming and hope one day they can hear the message. Until then……….

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