Caring for pets since 1996. Experienced and educated.
Cat grooming is an essential part of responsible ownership.
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My Extensive Training & Education (partial list)
- Graduate of New York School of Grooming
- CUNY scholarship winner for pre-veterinary studies
- Barnard College B.A.
- veterinary nurse for Upper East Side veterinary clinics
- house call nurse (injections, fluids, etc.) for veterinarian
- animal shelter manager for busy shelter in Chapel Hill, N.C.
- intern Bronx Zoo Big Cats Exhibits
- 1,000’s of hours of volunteer work at animal shelters
- “owner” of (or owned by) a 15-year old cat
Linda Schmoldt (Spiffy Kitty House Call Cat Grooming)
Please share with me your location, describe your cat (age, health, long or short hair), and let me know if there is a specific way you’d like me to help.
Where I travel to care for your cat
Manhattan from 96th street to Battery Park.
*$100 travel fee in addition to grooming fees, if your residence is outside my travel area.
Important Rules for Kitty Spa Day & Kitty Mani-Pedi Day. These rules are for the benefit of your cat.
- Clean kitchen sink & counter
- 2 large bath towels for gentle restraint & possibly drying
- Peaceful home. No renovations, vacuuming, or other distractions
- Children, guests & housekeepers stay in another part of the home during grooming
- Doors closed & hiding spaces blocked if kitty may hide
- If kitty will definitely hide, kitty placed in a carrier before arrival of groomer
- Owner 6 feet away unless invited to come closer, so kitty can be focus of my attention
- If owner or grooming area is not ready when I arrive, I may need to cancel or reschedule
- Owner has to be home for the first visit
Fees for house call Kitty Spa Day and Kitty Mani-Pedi
A full groom ranges generally from $160 to $210, plus sales tax, depending on travel distance, cat’s behavior and coat condition. The claw trim is included in a full groom.
If you only want a mani-pedi (claw trim) the range is generally from $50 to $80, (plus sales tax), depending on travel distance and cat’s behavior. Other choices — if you only want a “sanitary trim” of the rear, the fee varies. Please email to discuss.
*Plus $100 travel fee if your residence is outside my travel area.
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When I groom old cats . . . 100% focus on comfort and cleanliness, not on appearance. Half-hour maximum time if over 16 years or if in treatment for non-contagious illness. If senior kitty needs more than 1/2 hour, we schedule weekly sessions so as not to tire out the old pet.
How I keep cats still long enough to groom them . . . I use plenty of towels and soft fabrics to create a nest for the cat. This is unique to me. I’ve studied feline anatomy in veterinary anatomy books and dissection courses, so I know how their body is structured.
What if a cat is scared of the blow dryer . . . For short-haired cats, the dryer is optional. Even for long-haired cats, I can sometimes skip drying. It depends on the fur type. Some cats mat up right away unless they’re dried. Others don’t.