There are few groomers who only groom cats, even fewer live in New York, and fewer than that will make house calls. Feline-exclusive house call groomers are the rare “white tigers” of the grooming world. Among these few cat groomers, some idealize a perfectionist style of grooming, where the goal is to create an almost doll-like appearance.
I have always found this to be strange. Why is it ideal to look like a doll or a stuffed animal?
My mother was born in a town known as the “Venice of Japan.” Canals criss-crossed the the city, winding from the traditional Japanese homes to the castle. Cats padded through the quiet, intimate streets, eating food left out by housekeepers. Cats lived a life where they were cared for, but still free. When my mother moved here and became a parent, she shared her natural view of animals with me. When I was sent to boarding school in England while my parents travelled, I stayed in comfortable, gracious homes in the countryside, where cats and dogs wandered through the house, lounging on over-stuffed sofas and napping in front of the fireplace, after a day or night of adventures in the fields. Like the cats of my mother’s childhood, these animals were cared for, but allowed to be natural.
Nature was their groomer. Shed fur was pulled off when cats walked through bushes, rolled on the ground, and hunted during windy days. Oily skin was dried by the sun’s warmth. Dirt and dust were washed off by clean rain. Now that many cats no longer have access to the outside world, we need to help them with grooming. We need to replace Mother Nature. Grooming is the most natural activity on earth. Animals who live together groom one another.
Grooming is the world’s oldest profession.
I de-shed, de-mat and brush out cats. I also bathe them and may trim parts of their fur for cleanliness. I shave or hand-scissor mats if the cat is very matted.
- Graduated from The New York School of Grooming.
- Earned post-baccalaureate Bachelor of Science degree with honors
- B.A. Barnard College
- Worked as vet tech at animal shelter. Vaccinations, check-ins, fecal samples, flea medications and other activities
- House call veterinary nurse in Manhattan, giving injections, fluids and other medications
Animal Shelter Employment
- Managed busy animal shelter in Chapel Hill, NC
- Elected to Orange County Animal Control Board
- Emergency animal rescue, working with police on vicious dog calls and stray animal pickups
- Interned at Wildlife Conservation Society (aka Bronx Zoo) caring for the big cats — the type who chow down on 5 lb. chunks of raw meat & bone. Fed meatballs to a cheetah. Held hands with a red panda.
- 600 hours at animal shelters in New York, Ohio, California and Illinois
Business Information for Spiffy Kitty
- New York business license
96th street to Soho. As far west as Central Park West.
General grooming (de-shed, de-mat, claw trim, ear cleaning, and if cat will tolerate it, a bath and drying) is $200 + sales tax for each cat
Shave down or lion cut for a matted cat is $250 + sales tax
Claw trims are $80 per cat + sales tax
Please pay with cash or a local check that has your name on it and the day’s date.
I finish most grooms in an hour or less. With cats, finishing quickly is what they prefer. Humans may find it calming to watch a groomer work slowly, but cats want freedom from restraint as soon as possible. They are still a little wild at heart. That is why some cats do better at home than at a salon, where they are trapped for hours in a cage.
Scheduling your first house call cat grooming visit
Appointments 10 to 3 Monday through Saturday. I’m usually booked a few days ahead. Booking a same day visit is not possible.
I will email a grooming agreement with all the details before scheduling the appointment. After you read the agreement and give your approval, I will confirm the appointment. I do this so that you will feel comfortable and know what to expect, since you are trusting me to be in your home caring for your treasured cat.
EVERYTHING I DO IS FOR THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF YOUR CAT
Private House Call Cat Grooming by Linda Schmoldt
I look forward to hearing from you.
telephone: 347 340 0623
A few reviews from Yelp
Linda was so lovely and calming – this was our fist time grooming and our cat had terrible knots and matts in his long fur. He was totally at ease with her and she got him all cleaned up, no more matted fur and after the bath, he looked gorgeous!
This is my first ever Yelp review. That said, Linda is amazing. My boyfriend and I have used her once to clip our extremely nervous and skittish cat’s nails. It took a little time to get a hold of Max, but once that was done, Linda worked quickly and gently. My boyfriend and I are moving in a few weeks and plan to call Linda to help put Max in his carrier to make this stressful process as painless for everyone as possible. We don’t know how to thank her enough, but hoping a stellar Yelp review helps get the message across!
Bottom line: I think Linda walks on water. I contacted Linda to set up regular grooming for our 20 year old cat, Albert. He was frail and not in the best of health and needed some help. Linda turned out to be a godsend. She is skillful, kind, reliable, and professional. She was ever so gentle and compassionate with Albert- it is obvious she loves cats. She kept his fur looking good, clipped his nails, and cleaned his ears and eyes for him. She gave him a warm bath bringing her special equipment with her and handling him ever so expertly. She even thoughtfully brought a cat toy for our other kitty so she would not feel ignored. There were a myriad small things Linda did to make Albert’s grooming sessions comfortable for him. She always explajned what she was doing and was even kind enough to provide me with guidance when I sent her anxious emails about Albert’s health. Linda was good for me as well as for Albert. Albert died today, after a long and rich life, and I could not think of a better way to honor him than to write about the person who did so much for him at the end of his life. Your cat would be fortunate indeed to have Linda care for him or her.
Words cannot describe what the incredibly professional and compassionate services provided by Linda at Spiffy Kitty House Call Grooming and Cat sitting have done for my life—and the life of my cat! I am a first time cat parent, having adopted my Belle, abandoned on the Jersey shore a week before Hurricaine Sandy hit. How a dear traumatized cat is now becoming a sweet gentle Park Avenue kitty has been a joy to watch unfold. And I attribute the vast majority of her progress to Linda. Linda has been an invaluable educational resourse for me as well as literally making it possible for me to give a home to my wonderful cat. I’m in Boston most weekends and Linda comes for Fri Sat Sun cat sitting sessions which include everything you can think of and more, from feeding, grooming, litter box maintenance, playing, and cuddling. Whenever I schedule a mid week appointment, initially for education and training for ME, Linda is ALWAYS precisely prompt, incredibly skilled and experienced with all aspects of cat care—including nail trimming of a cat who at first was terrified because of her history—Linda was masterful in how she handled Belle for the safety and health of all. Linda is also completely trustworthy. She visits my apartment regularly for cat sitting when I’m out of town, and everything is left pristine and she is most gracious to the staff of the building. And most importantly for me, she calms my nerves by sending an email, photo and often video vignette of how the days session went and any concerns (dietary, behavioral, etc) noted. I have tremendous gratitude and respect for Linda and I hope that Belle, her Auntie Linda and I will have a long relationship. Needless to say, my recommendation for Linda and her services is of the highest caliber imaginable.
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