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Cat Mats - Part 2

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Last time, I discussed what causes matting and what needs to be done if your cat is matted. So what can owners do to prevent matting?


The most effective way to prevent that undercoat from building up and leading to mats is to keep your cat on a regular grooming schedule. Regular professional grooming, regardless of the type of groom, will keep the undercoat under control. Pestkey here is groomed every 6 weeks to keep that dead hair from matting in her coat.


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Cat Mats - Part 1

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

In general, cats have two different types of hair in addition to their whiskers – undercoat and guard coat. The guard coat is the outermost layer of hair, which is typically thicker and coarser than undercoat, since its main purpose is to guard the skin. The undercoat is the softer, finer hair that serves as insulation to help cats regulate their body temperatures.


A cat in the wild would shed a small amount year-round but would experience seasonal changes in its coat...

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Avoiding Sedation

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Over the years, veterinary medicine has made vast improvements in both anesthetic medication and sedation techniques to continue to reduce health risks involved with sedating your pet. That said, far too many cats are unnecessarily sedated to be groomed. Health risks are still involved, even as the veterinary industry works to reduce those risks, and it can be stressful for a cat to experience that diminished sense of awareness and then wake up without its full coat.


One...

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What is a Comb Cut?

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

A comb cut is a type of groom that is similar to a lion cut but the coat is left longer. Think of it as turning a longhaired cat into a shorthaired cat. The body is clipped down short but not shaved naked.


A comb cut is a great alternative for cats that may not be good candidates to receive a lion cut. For example, Sophie here is very painful in her back legs, and in order to keep from cutting her with the clippers during a lion cut, I must stretch those legs and be sure he...

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IEK's transformation

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Meet IEK. 


IEK (pronounced "Ike") stands for "Into Everything Kat," a name he comes by honestly. I first met IEK in September of 2011 when he came to me for a groom. I'll never forget the terrified look he gave me that day or how panicked he was during his groom. We worked slowly and gently, and although we survived the groom, it was nerve-wrecking for us both. 


Since that first groom, IE...

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The Importance of Certification

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Before I began grooming cats, I wanted to be sure that I knew how to properly groom and handle them. In January of 2011, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend the National Cat Groomers School in South Carolina, the only grooming school in the country that offers training and education exclusively for cats. For two weeks, I gained hands-on experience from the country’s leading cat groomers. Towards the end of the course, I took 9 certification exams – 5 practical...

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Our trip to the Birmingham CFA Cat Show

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (1)

We were happy to participate in the Birmingham Feline Fanciers' 43th annual CFA cat show this weekend at the Zamora Temple in Irondale! Our lovely client, Hepburn, came all the way from Louisiana to be our mascot at the booth to help demonstrate the difference a groom makes. Of course, that was only when he wasn't in the ring for Household Pets. With so many entries, though, Hepburn faced a lot of competition! Several of the kitties in the Household Pets class were also available for adoption...

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