Why scruffing a cat doesn’t always work

“Cats have flexible spines and can pivot their back feet and scratch you.”   From CatWatch newsletter.

My technique:

Scruff across the shoulders, instead of the neck. The neck protects the esophagus and trachea, so I don’t mess with it.

Support the cat, either by keeping the cat on the table, quickly wrapping the cat in a towel, or holding the cat tight up against my body. Nothing dangles. A cat is not an astronaut. They feel the weight of gravity just like we do, even if it doesn’t always look that way.

Cat allergies? What to do. Baths once a week.

“Gene Nesbitt, DVM, a veterinary dermatologist and clinical professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, offers these helpful tips to ease symptoms:

* Conduct grooming outdoors

* Bathe your cat weekly, weather permitting

* Use a vacuum that has a Hepa filter on your carpet regularly

* Use a room air cleaner”

To read the full article in Catnip Magazine, click here.

My note:  Because grooming outdoors isn’t possible in most New York apartments, I suggest letting your cat air-dry if the cat is short-haired.  If the cat is long-haired, I would blow-dry the cat in the bathroom, then use a Swiffer mop to wipe the bathroom floors.

Give me a mani-pedi! Where’s my Fancy Feast!

I like to spoil my kitty clients. They quickly learn that I am at their beck and call. They know they have a right to daily brushing, playtime, baths, mani-pedi’s and their favorite food. It’s in the Kitty Bill of Rights.  What, you haven’t heard of the Kitty Bill of Rights?

Photo by Rosemarie Bria
It’s time for my manicure. Rub my ears. Give me my treats. Then playtime! (Photo by kitty mom, Rosemarie Bria)

If your cat has 1960’s hippy fur . . .

Your cat is not a hippy.  This is not the Age of Aquarius.

Your cat wants the air to swim through her silky fur and sunlight to dance off her paws, while tom cats howl “Afternoon Delight.”

She does not want to look like Janis Joplin.  Not that there’s anything wrong with Janis Joplin. I love Janis Joplin, but she’s not a role model when it comes to fur (or hair.)

Great photos of the great Janis Joplin.  If you don’t know her music, please please please listen to it.

Call me so I can de-Joplinize your cat.