Complete Grooming & Spa Packages to Pamper Your Kitty
At All About Cats we offer a variety of spa packages and grooming tools to meet your kitty's particular needs. Whether it is a simple brush out and de-matting, a pedicure, a hygiene clip or a full Lion Cut, our experienced staff is well-equipped to cater to your kitty's individual grooming requirements and to make his/her experience as comfortable as possible. All of our grooms include a pedicure and a full head to tail pampering starting with the eyes and ears all the way down to the tip of the tail.
Grooming – Important for Your Cat’s Health & Well-Being
Grooming, while it may seem to be just cosmetic, is actually a very important part of your kitty's health and well-being. Keep in mind that there are a variety of reasons why a kitty's coat can become shaggy or matted other than merely failing to keep up with the daily brushing. Illnesses such as hyperthyroidism, parasitism and arthritis, just to name a few, can play a big role in the coat quality of a cat. Furthermore, kitties who are simply feeling generally unwell will often stop grooming themselves the way they normally would. Should you notice any deterioration in your kitty's coat quality an exam may be warranted to further investigate the underlying reasons for such an occurrence.
Grooming for Short-haired Cats
Some may think that short-haired cats do not require any grooming at all but this is not true. While their shorter, coarser coat demands less attention than that of a Persian or a Ragdoll, for example, they still need regular grooming to remove the dead undercoat that collects under their soft top coat. Cats use their tongue and teeth to groom themselves and consequently can end up ingesting a fair amount of hair. This hair can collect in their stomach and intestines and subsequently end up on your living room carpet or worse, end up creating a blockage which can turn into a serious medical problem. Using a Zoom Groom, which is a soft rubber brush, is an excellent way of avoiding these problems as it is specifically designed to remove only the dead undercoat leaving your kitty’s fur looking and feeling soft and smooth.
Grooming for Long-Haired Cats
The magnificent, lush coat of a long-haired kitty is a beautiful sight, but does not come without required maintenance. Without a proper grooming regime, their coats can easily become tangled and matted before you know it. These matts can cause a significant amount of pain and discomfort, as they pull and can even tear the skin when your kitty moves around. This is particularly true of the armpit and groin areas. Grooming a long-haired kitty can be quite a task, especially since some of them find this particular procedure quite disagreeable. For these kitties, we recommend that professional grooming appointments be made every one to three months depending on the coat type to avoid any problems or discomfort. The longer that grooming problems are neglected, the worse they get, resulting in the need for more drastic corrective measures, greater expenses and more discomfort for your kitty.
Face, Nails & Rear End
Proper grooming involves much more than just brushing or combing out a kitty’s fur – attention must also be paid to the face, nails and rear end.
It is crucial to clear away debris from your kitty’s eyes and nose as the skin in these areas can become very red, inflamed and even infected if left unattended. This is especially true of brachycephalic or “flat-faced” kitties such as Persians or Himalayans. As a kitty ages, it is also important to pay close attention to the nails as they become thicker and the nail casings don’t always shed properly. This can result in the nails growing around into the pads which can become infected and very painful.
Last but not least, it is important to make sure that your kitty’s rear end is kept clean and free of debris of any kind. Long haired cats in particular may require regular hygiene clips to keep them free of any caught-up fecal matter which can end up causing problems such as urinary tract infections and skin scald.