REASONS TO USE A CERTIFIED CAT GROOMER
There are many reasons for a veterinarian to use and recommend a certified cat groomer. The most important is that it improves the over all health of the cat. There is less dead hair to form hairballs and cause intestinal problems. Less dead hair also means less matting and skin irritation. With less skin irritation, there is less chance of skin infections or over-grooming. The haircoat is not the only part of the cat that a certified cat groomer looks at. The ears, eyes, and mouth are also noted. Many times the groomer is the first person to notice changes in the cat’s health and can point out subtle changes that indicate the beginnings of a problem. This allows the cat to be evaluated by the veterinarian for the changes.
A certified cat groomer is also trained in how to handle a cat for grooming. Cats are not small dogs and need to be treated differently. A certified cat groomer does; treating the cat with gentle assurance. Under a cat groomer’s care, the cat gets a complete brushing of the coat, a bath with gentle shampoos, nail trim, ear cleaning, and special attention for special breeds like Persians. Due to the specific training groomers receive, most cats relax and enjoy the experience. With a more positive experience, the cat needs to see the veterinarian for stress related problems less often.
When my patients need a grooming, I recommend only the certified cat groomer in my area. With her, I am sure my patients will get the care they need to complement my treatment plan for their particular condition.
Dr. Pam Cuevas, DVM
LaGrange Park Cat Clinic, LaGrange Park, IL