Caring for pets since 1996
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
By the time I was 16, I had attended school in New York, Connecticut, Texas, Virginia, England, Switzerland, France and Germany. My parents were loving and adventurous people. I appreciate my unusual childhood. Still . . . there was something missing. Pets didn’t fit into that kind of life.
I began volunteering as a dog walker and cat socializer at the ASPCA. I enjoyed being around animals so much that ever since then, I’ve made being around them a part of my life.
What I love about cats is their ability to create a feeling of home, security, warmth and humor.
Where I travel to care for your cat
Manhattan from 96th street to Battery Park.
10 to 3. Tuesday through Saturday.
Preparing for Kitty Spa Day or Manicures
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 really 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
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, 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.
Linda Schmoldt (Spiffy Kitty House Call Cat Grooming)
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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.