Manhattan house call cat grooming & cat sitting

To discuss a private house call cat grooming session,

be so kind as to call 347-340-0623 or email

See below for answers to your questions.

I am a feline-only house-call groomer.


Jasper the Maine Coon

Jasper, stunning Maine Coon

After her grooming.

After a bath and blow dry

After a bath & blow dry

After a bath and blow dry

Little lion

Little lion

Kissable senior

Do I care if cats look beautiful after they’re groomed?  No.  My goal to make them more comfortable, clean and healthy.  My experience (see below) comes from working in animal health and welfare situations.  That’s my perspective.

A big difference between hairstylists for humans and groomers for pets is that groomers deal with health and comfort issues all the time. We see the elderly cat covered in oil because he’s too arthritic to clean himself. We see the fat cats with mats. We see the feral (even though they’re living in a home) cats who can’t be touched by anyone.

We see the owner who is coughing because her cat’s shedding isn’t being managed. We see the owner who can’t be scratched, because if she is, her blood won’t clot quickly enough to prevent blood loss. We see the disabled owner who loves their cat but can’t handle the grooming.


In nature, cats run through the woods, roll on the grass, or rub their fur on desert sand. Morning dew soothes their skin, and rain washes away dander. The bark of trees sharpen claws. Pouncing and leaping shortens those claws.  Nature is their groomer.  Nowadays, we’ve brought cats inside, but that means we have to do what nature used to do. The wind won’t blow away their dead fur. The sand and sun won’t dry greasy skin. The rain won’t moisturize and deodorize.

Bodies exude oils and scents. They idea that cats don’t get dirty because they don’t go outside is a false one. I don’t trek through mud, but I still shower because my body is a living organism that secretes what it doesn’t need. That’s life.

Can your cat clean himself? Sure. If he licks himself all day every day, he will be “clean.”


My training, experience, history . . . in other words, why trust me with your precious animal, and do I fit in with your needs?

  • interned with “big cats” at the world-famous Wildlife Conservation Society, caring for cheetahs and lions, as well as monkeys, giraffes and red pandas.
  • managed busy animal shelter in beautiful Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • worked as house-call veterinary nurse in Manhattan: injections, drawing blood, giving medications at pet’s home under direction of a skilled veterinarian.
  • supervised emergency animal rescue: rabid animal capture, rescue of injured animals, and worked with police on vicious-animal investigations.
  • graduated from The New York School of Dog Grooming.
  • Barnard College B.A.
  • Completed first year of DVM Program at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Studied anatomy and chemistry. I use my education to learn about feline anatomy and to understand feline shampoos.
  • Spiffy Kitty is registered with the State of New York. Spiffy Kitty is insured. 

How much does it cost? Fees/Cost/Prices for House Call Cat Grooming.

House call cat grooming sessions range from $150 to $200 per hour, with a minimum of $150. Short-haired cats usually require one hour or less. Long-haired cats usually require one to one and a half hours, though an extremely matted cat may take far longer.

Claw trims & Soft Paws Claw Caps fees depend on a few things. We can talk about it.

NY State sales tax is 8.875%.  Payment  in cash or local check with i.d.

Do you go to my neighborhood? Travel area.

Bounded by 116th street on the west side,  96th street on the east side, extending to Battery Park City. 

*For owners living outside this area who would like a visit, I may be able to schedule a grooming session.  There is a travel fee starting at $50/hour.

How far in advance should I schedule a visit?

Please email or call at least two weeks in advance if you require an appointment on a specific day. After the first appointment, you don’t need to be home.

Linda and Cinnamon 1

Private house call cat grooming, by appointment only.

No carriers, no barking dogs, no waits in cages.

10 Comment(s)

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  3. Brit

    April 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Hi Linda,

    Do you give cats haircuts? I har a persian who is very matted from this past week when I was on vacation. I don’t know what he was doing over the week but it’s unbelievable and I need him fixed up and out of discomfort ASAP. Please let me know…


    • A Curious Cat

      April 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Hi Britt – This is shedding season. When the days get longer, cats shed more. Shedded fur mixes in with other fur, and the result is an increase in visible mats. Since Persians need to be thoroughly brushed every week, and in fact most of them need brushing every day, it’s common for them to become more matted after vacations. If you want to email me at, we can discuss an appointment. I visit homes in Manhattan below 96th street. I also visit parts of Brooklyn and Queens, if the apartment is within five blocks of the subway. If you email, please tell me your location, the cat’s age and health issues. Thank you. Linda

  4. Cathy

    July 22, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    I have 2 cats and would love to have help clipping their nails or someone to do it for me. Maybe you can show me some tricks. One cat is 6 years and the other is new to me and under 1 year. If I can’t get someone to help me the older one has gone for months without clipping. I would like to know your fees. I am at 18th &1st Ave.

  5. Patti Aronofsky

    October 6, 2013 at 3:27 am

    Need UR help
    Lower manhattan
    Can u clip an 11 mo kitten this morn? Have 2 young children

  6. Jeff Goldstein

    March 23, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Hi, I’m looking for a once-a-month groomer on a regular basis to, groom my 6 yo, tuxedo cat, Gable’s ears, a quick brushing, and his claws trimmed. I am located at 135th & Lenox Ave, 1/2 block from the 2/3 express train. Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays before noon, would be the best scenario… can you please help me?
    -Jeff G.

    • A Curious Cat

      March 23, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Hello Jeff. Thank you so much for your interest in my service. Unfortunately this is outside my travel area. I wish you the best in finding another groomer to care for your cats.

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