So you live with a cat, or two (or three) and there’s cat hair everywhere! It’s on your clothes, your bed, the living room furniture, the kitchen counter…….pretty much everywhere.  And your cat is shredding the furniture with his claws. Or maybe you just got a new sweater with a thread pulled from the sleeve because you picked up your cat for a little snuggle time and, well……..his claws caught in your brand new sweater.

Or maybe you’re finding a slimy hairball surprise waiting for you on the kitchen floor approximately one morning each week. Which is slightly better than accidently stepping on the hairball surprise left beside the bed, a little gift from your cat, a token of his appreciation. At least you didn’t have to listen to him hack it up.

And then there’s that little tangle up in the armpit. You tried to get it out once, using that expensive comb you put in the cat’s stocking last Christmas. But kitty is having none of that, thank you very much! There will be no pulling knots of hair out of those armpits! At least not without a follow-up ER visit right after.

Somebody really should do something about the dried poop ball on the cat’s behind, too. It looks petrified. And it might be; it’s been there awhile. But every time you try to trick play with the cat so that he thinks you’re just out to pet him but really your out to snatch dried poop balls off his butt, he runs away just before you grab at the right stuff. He’s on to you.

There’s help. I promise. At least for some of you. It’s called a professional cat groomer. And if you’re lucky, it’s a CFMG™ (Certified Feline Master Groomer).  Where do you find one of these? You ask.  Go to and search the online directory by zip, city, town, whatever. All NCGI members are listed in the directory and some of them have a CFMG behind their name, meaning they took a series of exams (both written and hands-on) and scored well enough to earn this prestigious title. It means they know how to handle a cat with finesse and how to groom it to perfection. They can help you with all your cat grooming needs and provide services you may not even know existed.

Besides the basic grooming services, there are more services available to you that can help remedy the problems mentioned earlier, as well as a host of other issues you may be dealing with. Let’s face it, living with a cat has its definite perks, but there are usually a few not-so-perky things that come with it.

Take for example:

  • Odors
  • Sharp claws
  • Stinky bums
  • Anal gland issues
  • Dandruff
  • Allergies and other skin issues
  • Fleas
  • Tangles
  • Mats
  • Thickly pelted hair
  • Knots
  • Nappy bellies
  • Eye stains
  • Chin acne
  • Stud tail
  • Lip gunk

Wow, putting all this down on paper makes me think and we like cats, why?? Ah but we do!  So we put up with this stuff and try our best to shove it out of our minds. Ignore it.  Try to fix it. Fail. Try to clean it up. Fail. Ignore it some more.

Enough with all that. Call a pro!  Find a cat groomer who loves their job and can provide the following services:

  • Degreasing bath and blow-dry
  • Nail trim
  • Softpaw™ application
  • Sanitary clip
  • Belly shave
  • Lion cut
  • Comb cut
  • Face trim
  • Tear stain removal
  • Mat removal
  • Knot removal
  • De-shedding treatment
  • Pelt removal
  • Flea elimination
  • Dandruff elimination
  • Skin irritation relief
  • Allergy relief
  • And more!

It can change your life!

Here are some examples of the services listed above.

An example of a tidy little sanitary clip. It can make such a difference!
Soft Paws nail caps. Save the furniture!
A lion cut on a short-medium haired cat. Super smooth!
A lion cut on a Himalayan. Feels like suede.
Persian getting a comb cut. These can be done in a variety of lengths that best suit the cat as well as the preferences of the owner.
Finished comb cut. These can be done in a variety of lengths that best suit the cat as well as the preferences of the owner.
Dramatically cut down on shedding and hair balls. This is a fairly low-maintenance style.
A Persian with a bit of overgrowth on the head/face. In need of a face trim.
This is after a face trim. What a difference!
An example of flea bite dermatitis. Itchy, oozy, and terribly uncomfortable for the cat. This can lead to an infection that requires treatment by a vet.

See more information about the issues grooming can help with, read the Grossness series or reach out to your local Certified Feline Master Groomer or trained cat groomer!

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