Brief overview of basic cat grooming in a salon setting. Easy to read. Seems to be most suitable for beginners who are exploring cat grooming, or for professional groomers who are interested in quickly reading about a slightly different approach. Not suitable for those who want specific techniques explored in detail.
The drawings charmed me. If you are looking for photographs of techniques or of cats, this will not be a satisfactory book for you.
Sam Kohl covers cat handling, bathing, brushing, de-matting, drying, breeds, and the cat grooming business, among other topics. Each topic is allotted 3-8 paragraphs. Much of the book consists of drawings. He does not go into the specifics of how to do a “lion cut,” nor does he discuss clippers.
Pro: Emphasizes protective gear and safe handling.
Summary: Thorough demonstration of home-bathing a Persian cat using many products.
This DVD shows award-winning breeder of Persians Laura Thomas washing her Persian cat in a double sink with a spray nozzle. For the degreasing and bath she uses an entire can of Goop, Kenic Sno-Flake shampoo, baby shampoo (human), EZ Groom Oatmeal Medicated shampoo, diluted vinegar, Tresemme Hot Oil Treatment, and lastly, texturizer spray. Wow! That’s some bath!
She also discusses different coat types (Dilute, etc.).
Her cat is docile, so this video is not for those seeking handling techniques.
Bonus clips include a brief demo of claw trimming, drying, product overview, and a segment promoting Laura Thomas’s book about her faith (Christian). The audio and video are good. It is easy to hear and see what is going on. Her voice is pleasant.
Cat groomers use tools for restraint, shaving, trimming, washing and drying. Each tool, if used correctly, helps make grooming a faster and safer experience for your cat. Handled incorrectly, these same tools can hurt your pet. Use the same care in choosing a groomer that you use when choosing a veterinarian.
Does your groomer know that cat skin is thinner than dog skin? Does your groomer know that while dogs pant frequently, cats rarely do so unless stressed? Does your groomer know that using a “groomer’s loop” on a cat can be dangerous? Does your groomer know that Acepromazine does not reduce fear; it just disables the cat temporarily while heightening their perception of noise?
Grooming is part of your cat’s health care. Choose wisely. Groom often.
I pre-ordered Dr. Yin’s DVD with a feeling of excitement. The description stated that this DVD is for groomers, as well as for veterinarians, owners, shelter managers and so on. Cat groomers face an intense challenge. Each cat grooming session is an opportunity to make a contribution to the health and well-being of an animal. However, cat groomers run the daily risk of a cat bite that could send us to the hospital. Some cat groomers have dropped out of the profession from fear of injury or due to a bad experience. Safe handling techniques are crucial!
Dr. Yin is a veterinarian with a Master’s in Animal Science. She is breaking ground with her focus on low-stress techniques for both cats and dogs.
What I loved about the DVD: Dr. Yin demonstrates each toweling technique, then we watch students attempting to wrap the cats. Lastly, we are able to follow along with the DVD as we try to wrap our own cat at home. Her teaching method is clear and thorough. The DVD is well-produced with good audio and visuals.
After viewing the DVD, I towel-wrapped one of today’s clients, a very large and grumpy cat.
Towel-wrapping helped protect me and the cat. It works!
Price: if pre-ordered, the price is $55.20. After the pre-order period, the price will be $69.00.