Information for cat owners

Cat Care

Linda’s Training & Education

  • Graduate of New York School of Grooming
  • CUNY scholarship winner for pre-veterinary studies
  • house call nurse (injections, fluids, etc.)
  • animal shelter manager for shelter in Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • internship Bronx Zoo Big Cats exhibits
  • 1,000’s of hours of volunteer work at animal shelters
  • meeting coordinator for House Call Groomers Association
  • Spiffy Kitty House Call Cat Grooming is insured

My story

By the time I was 16, I’d gone to school in New York, Connecticut, Texas, Virginia, England, Switzerland, France and Germany.  Adventures!

And yet . . . there was something missing.  Pets!

I’m making up for lost time now.  Cats fascinate me.  We know little about them.  For one thing, how about their ability to act normal — for long periods of time —  even when they’re ill?  What goes on in their body to enable them to function despite the pain?  How do they communicate with each other? How do they make decisions? We just don’t know.

Have you been told that cats groom themselves? 

“Common sense” or cultural group-think?  Americans keep shoes on in the home, while the Japanese remove shoes before entering.  Cultural habits determine what is “normal” and even what is “clean”.

In Japan, pet owners assume their indoor cat needs to be groomed.  They trim claws and brush fur.

Who is right? Depends on your culture.

Where I travel to care for your cat

Manhattan from 96th street to Battery Park.

Hours

10 to 3.  Tuesday through Saturday.

Preparing for Kitty Spa Day

I groom for your cat’s health and comfort.  I aim for a 1-hour time limit, because for many cats grooming is stressful.  Holding tension in one’s body is not good for us or for them.  If you’ve ever been anxious for even a few hours, you know what I mean. The goal is a clean and un-matted cat. Keep it simple.

These rules are for the benefit of your cat, especially if you have a “scaredy-cat”.

  • Clean kitchen sink & counter before I arrive
  • Chair with a back (folding chair) in case I want to put kitty in my lap
  • At least 2 large bath towels per cat 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 surely 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 attention
  • Owner has to be home for the first visit

Safety rules for the pet and the groomer

  • Never put your hand in front of the cat’s face while I am grooming the cat
  • Do not block my movement by standing close to the cat.  If a cat tries to bite or scratch, I have to be able to move fast.
  • Cat bites & scratches can lead to treatment in the hospital. High risk of infection. Stay conscious of the risks, even with normally friendly cats.

Fees for Kitty Spa Day, Manicure or “Sanitary trim”

A grooming session ranges generally from $160 to $210, plus sales tax, depending on travel distance, cat’s behavior and coat condition. A claw trim is included in a full groom. The goal of my grooming session is to make the cat feel as comfortable and clean as possible, given their age & reaction to grooming. “Humanity over vanity”.

“Lion cuts”/shave-downs grooming sessions range from $200 to $300, plus sales tax, depending on how matted or thick the fur is, and on how your cat reacts to being shaved.

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.

If you want a “sanitary trim” of the rear or a “ruff trim” (fur under the chin) the fee ranges from $80 to $100 plus sales tax.

Tips for exceptional service are appreciated, but not expected.

How to Pay

1) in cash 2) with a local check that has your name and the current date.

Contact information 

Linda Schmoldt (Spiffy Kitty House Call Cat Grooming)

Email Linda at catgroomnyc@yahoo.com.

Please tell me your location, cat’s age, cat’s health condition, the service you’d like me to provide, whether or not you can pick up your cat without concern about being bitten or scratched, and lastly whether you are available for a 10-3 Monday – Friday visit or you need a Saturday visit. Thank you very much.

 

 

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I don’t use sedation.

I can try to shave off each mat instead of shaving entire cat, as long as the cat doesn’t have several mats. A “lion cut” is not the only choice.

If I need to shave your cat due to mats, allergies or other reasons, your cat may not look symmetrical & smooth afterwards.  It depends on how well they tolerate being groomed and the number/size of mats.

My grooming sessions are a guilt-free zone. No lectures about food, weight, brushing or anything else.

 

 

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