Greeting from Linda . . .
Linda Schmoldt is the first & currently the only housecall groomer recognized as a Fear Free Certified Professional.
Linda’s Training & Education
- Graduate of New York School of Grooming
- Bronx Zoo zookeeper internship
- 1,000 hours of volunteering at shelters
- veterinary nurse
- awarded scholarship for pre-veterinary program
- Barnard College.
Where I travel to care for your cat — Manhattan from 96th street to Battery Park.
Hours — 10 to 3. Monday through Saturday. Same-day appointments are not available, because I usually have a full day.
How to prepare for Kitty Spa Day — Let’s keep things calm & relaxing, because that’s best for cats. Goal –> soft, un-matted cat with trimmed claws.
I specialize in The HCC effect: Healthy, Clean and Calm.
How do we do this?
- No renovations or vacuum cleaners.
- Guests, staff & children relax in another room
- Avoid sudden noises during grooming. Even a door opening can make a difference.
- Big towels, or even a blanket, to swaddle kitty in case of wiggles
- Please provide favorite treats & toys for distraction.
- IMPORTANT TIP: the more annoying the procedure, the better the treat must be, same as for us!
Fees for Kitty Spa Day, Manicure or “Sanitary trim”
How much time does it take to put your cat in a carrier, go to a salon, drop off the cat, pick up the cat and return home? What is the value of that time? House call grooming is for people who treasure their free time and their comfort.
$170 to $210 for regular grooming
$250 to $300 for lion cut/shave down (Suitable for calm cats, or cats who have been provided calming drugs such as Gabapentin.)
$60 to $80 for claw trim
$80 to $100 for rear fur trim
Details: If you live with a scaredy-cat, I will towel-dry instead of blow-dry. Towel drying stimulates the skin. If your cat is wiggly, shaving may increase the risk of skin nicks. Consider a modified style such as a “Bolero” or a “flat top and sides”. Wiggling or a little bad mood is natural, but if your cat looks panicked or aggressive, discuss with your veterinarian the humane calming medications now available. Drugs such as Gabapentin help cats relax during their necessary maintenance grooming sessions.
$40 to $50. Put out fresh food, change water, litter box, play time or cuddle time, daily photo. Cat sitting helps your cat bond to me, so grooming sessions become fun for the cat. Cat sitting+Cat grooming=Trust
Easy Ways to Pay
1) in cash 2) with a local check that has your name and current date 3) Venmo.
Now you are ready schedule an appointment. Let’s go!
Email Linda at email@example.com.
Please tell me your location, cat’s age, cat’s health history & the desired services.
See you soon! Email Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a visit.
Want to know more? See below for ideal grooming schedules.
Sample grooming schedules for various breeds
This is the schedule to follow if you want your cat to have a beautiful, healthy, un-matted, de-shedded coat at all times.
Persian cat kept in a full coat: Daily brushing of entire body by owner. Monthly full grooming session with bath. This is the MINIMUM required to keep a Persian cat in a full coat without any mats and with minimal shedding. Many Persian cat owners have no idea how gorgeous and soft their cat can be. Don’t deny yourself this pleasure!
Siberian or Maine Coon kept in a full coat: Completely brush the body every 3 days. Monthly de-shedding and de-matting grooming session.
Domestic Short-Haired: Weekly brushing of entire body. Baths every 3 months.
What if you don’t have time to brush your cat? Schedule more frequent visits. Simplify your life.
Expert tips: Experiment until you find the treats your cat can not resist. Using treats, play distraction, and/or head rubs, gradually get your cat to associate brushing with fun and delicious food. Advertisers train us to buy all sorts of things. You are more than capable of training your cat to enjoy brushing. All it takes is confidence and determination, traits which all New Yorkers share.