Email Linda Schmoldt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 347-340-0623
I do health & maintenance grooming to help your cat feel comfortable and to maintain the coat’s condition. I do it to bring pleasure to your cat. Yes, I said it. Pleasure. There’s pleasure in feeling the air on your skin, for perhaps the first time in years. How can air penetrate a coat that’s thick with shedded fur and oil? There’s pleasure in licking your fur without having a tongue-ful of hair go down your throat. There’s pleasure in stretching your trimmed claws without having them get snagged on the carpet. There’s pleasure in feeling the lightness of a coat that doesn’t contain a decades worth of dead skin cells (dandruff) and shedded fur. There’s pleasure in being stroked by your owner’s hand, instead of held at arm’s length. Cats have taught us a lot about pleasure . . . the pleasure of laying in the sun . . . the pleasure of play. Why not return the favor?
In the U.S., more and more cats will never go outside. They’ll never feel rain on their skin or roll in moist soil or stretch out on a sun-warmed rock. In the rest of the world, they continue to spend time outdoors. When cats go outside, their coat is washed by rain, skin oil is dried by the sun, shedded fur is blown off, rubbed off by sand/soil/rocks, or pulled off by twigs and branches. Now that cats live inside, nature can’t help them groom themselves. I am a replacement for twigs, branches, rain and wind:)
The fact is that cats never did groom themselves. Nature always helped them.
I am a cat restorer. I restore cats to their natural condition.
Education, experience, training:
- Interned at Wildlife Conservation Society (aka Bronx Zoo) caring for cats — the type who devour 5 lb. chunks of raw meat & bone — feeding red pandas, mucking out zebra stalls, and tossing bales of hay 20 feet into the air for giraffes.
- Earned post-baccalaureate Bachelor of Science degree with honors.
- Managed busy animal shelter in Chapel Hill, NC.
- Did emergency animal rescue, working with police on vicious dog calls and stray animal pickups.
- Volunteered about 600 hours at various animal shelters.
- Was house call veterinary nurse in Manhattan giving injections, fluids and other medications.
- Worked as vet tech at animal shelter.
- Graduated from The New York School of Grooming.
96th street to Tribeca. Occasionally I travel outside my area to Forest Hills, Park Slope or Brooklyn Heights.
Scheduling a house call cat grooming appointment:
Appointments are 10 to 4, Monday to Saturday. After the first appointment, you will not need to be home. No same-day appointments because same-day appointments lend themselves to a hectic, rushed feeling. Cat grooming and rushing do not go together.
I don’t ask for proof of vaccinations. I will ask you to provide two large, soft towels for use as gentle restraint and/or drying. After grooming, they will be your cat’s own towels, so that they retain your cat’s scent. You don’t need to wash them unless they get dirty during grooming. Just shake them out, dry them and put them away until next time.
Fees for private luxury house call cat grooming:
$150 – $200/hour, with a 1 hr minimum. I charge by the hour, not by the cat. If grooming takes more than an hour, the 2nd hour is pro-rated. Since I have a lot of animal-handling experience and know how to work both gently & efficiently, 95% of grooms take an hour or less. No sedation. Claw trim, ear cleaning and under-eye cleaning included in grooming session. Claw trims $60 to $80 per cat. New York sales tax is added to my fee. Payment with cash or a local check with your name shown on check.
Senior and Hospice Cat Grooming
Grooming for senior cats and cats who have been diagnosed with cancer or other non-communicable diseases. I have several years of experience as a veterinary nurse and shelter manager. If your cat can no longer groom himself and is greasy, matted, or dirty, grooming will allow him to feel comfortable, younger and stronger. It will allow you to enjoy your cat’s company during the time you have together. Senior Cat & Hospice Cat Grooming for cats who have impaired immune systems, surgical scars, or gastrointestinal problems. These cats are more vulnerable to infections, have tender or extremely delicate skin, and recover slowly, if ever, from nicks to the skin. They are often unable to regulate their body temperature, so need to be kept warmer than healthy cats.
How I do it: Quiet atmosphere. Music of your choice, if your cat is calmed by music. No electric tools (clippers, blow-dryers). Everything is done by hand. If your cat is calmed by your presence, you should be there. If your cat becomes more excited when you are close by, I may groom in another room. If your cat has been prescribed fluids, pills, or requires gels/antibiotics/ear cleansers, I can apply those during the grooming session, as per the veterinarian’s instructions.
I visit cats who are grooming clients. My visits are 1/2 hour of socializing, petting, brushing, playing, or if your cat is shy, I will sit in the room and read. I clean the litter box and put down fresh food and water. I check on the cat’s behavior in case there are new signs of illness (vomiting, going outside the litter box, sensitive to touch, etc.) You’ll receive an email with a photo each day.
Private House Call Cat Grooming by Linda Schmoldt
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.
What my cat sitting visits look like
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