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Getting Your Cat Groomed

March 15, 2021
Cats have many wonderful traits. One of the best is the fact that they are naturally very clean. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t use some help now and then. Fluffy may benefit from occasional—or even frequent—trips to the salon. A local Des Moines, IA vet discusses taking your furball to the groomer’s in this article.

Benefits

There are a few reasons that Fluffy may need to see a groomer. Longhaired kitties often need help caring for all that fur and getting rid of knots. Older cats sometimes have a hard time cleaning themselves. Some furballs may need grooming because of medical issues.

Choosing A Groomer

Choosing a good groomer is half the battle. Ask your vet for recommendations. Keep in mind that any decent groomer is going to ask for certain paperwork, such as proof of vaccinations. 

Getting Started

Fluffy’s first appointment will likely take a bit longer than recurring ones. If your groomer has never met your kitty before, they may check her over, and take note of her skin and coat condition. If your feline buddy has any health issues, and/or is just sore or thin, you’ll want to go over special procedures or and concerns. This may be when you get a final price quote. Some groomers won’t commit to a price before seeing their new client. This makes sense, as they can’t really judge what needs to be done and how much time it will take without seeing the kitty themselves.

Pickup

When you go to get Fluffy, take a minute to chat with the groomer. You’ll want to know how things went! This is also a good time for groomers to recommend products, styles, and/or grooming schedules, and to address any concerns they have.

Purr Reactivation

When you get your kitty back home again, she may want to go take a nap. She may also lick herself to style her fur to her liking. However, she should be back to normal within an hour or two. Give her a treat, some catnip, or a special toy. It’s worth mentioning that, though it’s rare, occasionally cats do have bad reactions to shampoos. If you notice anything odd, such as vomiting, limping, or seizures, call your vet immediately. Please contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your local Des Moines, IA veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!

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