Let’s find out what’s under all that fur! It’s the magical mystery tour of fluff.
Email Linda at catgroomnyc@yahoo period com (that’s yahoo.com) or call 347-340-0623. Before making an appointment, I’ll ask a few questions about your cat to see if the way I work matches up with the situation. If you’re looking at this site and don’t feel like we’re a good match, try A1 Pet Grooming or The Pet Maven. Both are run by nice women.
My goals . . .
I want to get your cat clean and comfortable. Will your cat look like a show cat after the grooming? I don’t care. Yep, I said it. I went there. I don’t even care if your cat looks like a lawn mower ran over their coat. I want the mats out, shed fur removed from the coat, claws trimmed.
Most cats look pretty good afterwards. Some even look beautiful. That’s fine. It’s not my priority.
See, a lot of groomers obsess about appearance, and with dogs, that makes sense. Dogs are a whole lot more tolerant of people messing with them. You can do things like give them a “continental”.
Depending on your cat’s needs and personality, I’ll clip claws, brush out the coat to get rid of shed fur, get rid of mats, bathe and dry. Honestly, most of the time you could do it yourself with a little training — but sometimes Mr. or Miss Kitty decides to make it a big deal. If your cat’s a tough guy, I’ll bring protective gear and try to groom the wild one, so that he doesn’t have to be sedated, but you need to be able to stay calm. A lot of cats freak out partly because their owners freak out. A sweating, trembling owner usually results in a wacko cat. I stay calm no matter what.
Education, experience, training . . . yada yada yada
- Interned at Wildlife Conservation Society (aka Bronx Zoo) caring for cats — the type who chow down on 5 lb. chunks of raw meat & bone.
- Earned post-baccalaureate Bachelor of Science degree with honors. Woo hoo!
- Managed busy animal shelter in Chapel Hill, NC.
- Did emergency animal rescue, working with police on vicious dog calls and stray animal pickups. Chasing down pit bulls, trying to catch rabid possums and attempting to get lost dogs off the highway. Not too good at it, but lots of adventures.
- Volunteered about 600 hours at animal shelters. Basically maid service and personal trainer for cats and dogs.
- 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.
Travel area . . . I don’t roam too far. Like cats, I’m happiest closer to home.
96th street to Tribeca. I go as far west as Central Park West.
Scheduling a house call cat grooming appointment . . .
Appointments 10 to 3. No same-day appointments because that’s hectic. I’m incommunicado on Sundays, having my day of rest and religious inspiration.
I don’t ask for proof of vaccinations, but I need to know that your cat had a veterinary exam in the last two years. I don’t sedate. Most vet clinics will sedate before grooming, automatically, so if you think your cat needs to be sedated, look into a vet clinic groomer.
After I get your cat’s fur and skin back to normal, I can tell you how often your cat should be groomed in order for your cat to be comfortable. If you’re interested, I can make suggestions for keeping the cat in good shape between fur and skin restoration sessions.
I don’t restore matted cats more than once. Dematting hurts. Also, it’s depressing. Who likes to pull on cat’s skin? Not me. After the first visit, the owner either keeps their cat in shape, with my help if you want it, or finds another groomer.
If your cat has an ingrown claw, infected ears, a skin condition or other treatable condition, have them checked out by a veterinarian before scheduling grooming. I can’t take the place of a veterinarian. I can’t provide antibiotics for infections and don’t carry iodine to soak a bleeding paw pad. I’m not holistic. I believe that for infections, cuts, etc. you need to go to a trained veterinary doctor.
You’re hiring me to safely and kindly groom your cat the way that I see fit. If you want to groom your own cat, you can hire me to show you the tools and give you some tips to make it easier. In other words, there’s only one cook in the furry kitchen:) If you start telling me how to work, I’ll pack up. No charge if that happens. No hard feelings either. You can stop the session any time you want because it’s your cat.
Prices vary. Generally, basic grooming starts at $150 plus sales tax for each cat. A shave down or lion cut starts at $200 plus sales tax. Claw trims are from $60 to $80 per cat plus sales tax.
You can pay me with cash, or a local check that has your name on it. I can’t take post dated checks.
Since I have a lot of animal-handling experience, I finish most grooms in an hour or less.
* I do a 3 minute tidy up, but I won’t sweep, vacuum, move furniture or scrub the counters. I’m really good with animals, but house cleaning does not run in my DNA. Believe it or not, I’ve had clients who expected me to clear out laundry rooms filled with clothing and groom on floors where there’s broken glass.
Senior and Hospice Cat Grooming
Fur and skin restoration for senior cats and cats who have been diagnosed with cancer or other non-communicable diseases. I have about six 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 helps him feel comfortable, younger and stronger. Cat do like to feel clean. They’re built so that they want to be clean.
Learn to groom your own cat
Want to learn how to keep your kitty in decent shape? Afraid you’ll hurt your cat? I can show you how to hold your cat, comb and brush your cat, and maybe even trim his claws and give him a bath. $80 for a half hour lesson. You’ll learn a lot in half an hour. You do the grooming. I’ll watch and make suggestions. I’ll step in once in a while to demonstrate, but you’ll be the one with your hands on the wheel most of the time.
Just brought a cat home? Don’t want your cat to get crazy?
First time you’ve had a cat? Was your last cat a disaster? Want to start off right? I can visit for half an hour to get your cat set up with things to do and the stuff you need so that your cat won’t turn into a curse instead of a blessing. We’ve got thousands of fat, stupefied cats in this country whose lives are about as exciting as a bowl of jello. You don’t want to wind up with an obese animal who can’t even clean their own backside and who’s no fun at all because they’ve gone brain-dead from boredom. Half hour visit to get off on the right foot for $80.
Rescue Groups and TNR Groups
Need some help learning how to keep your cats in decent condition, if they’re getting matted or soiled? Sometimes I host groups at my home. If you’re a non-profit, I’ll invite as many of you as can fit into my home and give a half hour session for $80 for the entire group. Most likely if there’s more than 6 people my place is not going to fit you all, so can’t be a huge group, but the ones who attend can then go on to train the others. I’ll give you basic tips, show you ways to restrain and demonstrate tools.
Private House Call Cat Grooming by Linda Schmoldt
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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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