My Cat Grooming Training

I have worked with animals for many years.

90% of cat grooming is holding on to the cat.

10% of cat grooming is everything else:)

My many years of handling animals and learning about their anatomy so I can handle them . . .

  1. graduated grooming school
  2. house call veterinary nurse administering medications and fluids
  3. managed busy animal shelter
  4. emergency animal rescue in Chapel Hill, NC
  5. internship with “big cats” at The Bronx Zoo
  6. kennel worker
  7. post-baccalaureate biology honors program at CUNY
  8. hundreds of hours of volunteer service at animal shelters, and more. . .
  9. former member of Girl Scout Mounted Patrol in San Antonio, ha ha. The good old days:)

Cat Grooming Cuteness

I groomed a little teeny long-haired white cat this Saturday. Wow. So much sweetness in such a little package.  She’s a clinger, a hugger. Velcro-kitty.  She plasters herself against me when I bathe her then again when I blow dry her, which works out because that way my wet uniform dries off, ha ha.

What feels better than being hugged by an adorable cat? Huh? Is there any feeling that’s better? I could eat her up she’s so cute.

She just had some extra fluff and clumped together fur on her haunches. Brushed her, bathed her, dried her, brushed her again, trimmed claws and she’s good to go.

Experience, Education and Training

I have worked with animals for many years.

  1. graduated grooming school
  2. house call veterinary nurse administering medications and fluids
  3. managed busy animal shelter
  4. emergency animal rescue in Chapel Hill, NC
  5. internship with “big cats” at The Bronx Zoo
  6. kennel worker
  7. post-baccalaureate biology honors program at CUNY
  8. hundreds of hours of volunteer service at animal shelters, and more. . .
  9. former member of Girl Scout Mounted Patrol in San Antonio, ha ha. The good old days:)cropped-riding1.jpg

Chipotle and Cat Grooming

Definitely one of my weirdest headlines, but wait, there’s a logic to it. Chipotle and cat care share something.

Chipotle’s been in the news due to a large number of food poisoning outbreaks.

Seem like they were so busy focusing on (and bragging about) being GMO-free, locally sourced and fresh that they forgot the most important part of running a restaurant.

Don’t poison your customers!

“Marler said: ‘I think the Chipotle business model is a good one,’ and added: ‘There’s nothing incompatible about being local, organic and fresh and also safe. I just think they haven’t yet figured out how to embrace food safety with the same zeal they’ve shown for the other things they’re striving for.’”

We’re always being told about this toxin or that toxin. Chemicals are now supposed to be our enemy.  Go all natural or die a lingering death.  I visit many homes where smart, caring people are concerned about such things.

Just don’t “pull a Chipotle.”  What does that mean? It means focusing on potential, possible, long-term problems while ignoring day-to-day issues. It means spending an hour deciding which gluten-free sourced-from-local-buffalo cat food to buy while your cat’s claws grow into their paw pad, their fur mats into a dense ball and they lose their mind from boredom because no one is playing with them.

Daily grooming and cat maintenance can awfully dull.  Creating and enforcing food safety rules can also be awfully dull. As the incredibly well-paid owners of CEO discovered, dull work can be the most important work of all.