Intergroom Fun for Cat Groomers

I took the #320 bus to Secaucus last Friday. Why? Because of Intergroom, a trade show and educational event for pet groomers.  I ogled grooming implements, especially the luxurious made-in-Japan gold Utsumi combs which are so beautiful.

Then I attended a useful seminar, “Handling Techniques for Cat Grooming.”  The fun part of going to grooming seminars is watching adorable cats being used as “models”.

Continuing education makes for a better groomer.

 

 

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Cat chowhound? Cat eats too fast?

I saw this feeder in action while cat-sitting.

Who . . . A senior cat with a habit of eating, then vomiting up food right away

Why . . . Automated feeder dispenses food on a schedule, so cat eats a little bit many times a day

Does it work . . . YES!!!!

So exciting. I used to worry about my sweet little friend throwing up.  Her “parents” made such an effort to find a kind solution. Success!!!

Name of feeder . . . HoneyGuaridan A25 Automatic Pet Feeder

 

 

Why senior cats need special handling

“A retrospective study revealed that 22 percent of cats over 1 year old and 90 percent of cats over 12 years old had radiographic evidence of degenerative joint disease.”

This is why I use plenty of towels when I groom a senior cat.  They rest on soft surfaces. If they’re not heavy, I even support their body while bathing them. The little things count.

 

The Secret to Successful Cat Grooming

The secret is that . . .

Cat grooming is not for the cat.

Cat grooming is for the owner.

Things I see after I finish grooming a cat . . .

Owners breathing in the clean smell of their cat’s fur.

Owners ruffling the soft fur of their beloved cat.

Owners able to let their cat snuggle with them, without fear of being scratched by overly long claws.

It’s the simple things in life that give the most pleasure.

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(Note.  Grooming isn’t just for the owner.  Many cats do need help staying clean. They certainly can’t trim their own claws.)