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.
“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.
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?