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So Your Cat Needs A Bath, Eh? - Tips Before Taking Your Cat To A Groomer

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Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2010 Time: 8:11 AM

Most people probably already know that cats do a fine job cleaning themselves by using their tongues to lick their fur clean, but on occasion this type of cleaning just isn't adequate to work out the mats and tangles that can develop in a cats' hair. This is generally true for long hair cats, even for those cats that are brushed every single day by their owners. Groomers aren't only for cats that are entered into cat shows. Many cat owners send their cats to the groomers once in a while in order to get a bath and to get their fur conditioned to keep it in its best shape it can be.

You're going to pay a good amount of money in order to send your cat to the groomers, and your cat will probably not be very pleased about the whole process. There is a variety of services a groomer can do for your cat. Some groomers offer fur trims while other will shave the cats completely with the exception of the head and tail. Most groomers will give cats baths and condition their fur.

Plenty of cat owners send their cats to the groomer in order to get their claws trimmed, and in some cases there are cat owners who send their cats to the groomers with the express intent of getting the cats gussied up with nail polish on the claws and bows in the fur.

Needless to say, most cats do not enjoy this process whatsoever and will put up a fight every step of the way. After all, cats aren't really sure what is happening when a groomer starts coming at them with water and soap, and so it's only natural that the cats would react with fear and sometimes even with aggression.

You'll need to find a groomer who is well versed in dealing with cats, because a dog groomer may not have the talent needed in order to finagle a cat into accepting this type of treatment. Before taking your cat to a groomer, ask about the groomer's experience with cats and make sure that this won't turn into a disaster. A groomer who is well versed in dealing with cats will know exactly what needs to be done and how a cat should be restrained in order to get the job done.

When your cat comes home from the groomers - especially if this was its first experience with a groomer - it may hide out for a while. You might be disappointed because perhaps you want to show off your shiny, groomed cat, but you need to be patient with your cat because going to the groomers can be a traumatic experience for a cat.

You should also keep in mind that most cats can go their entire lives without a single visit to the groomers. Cats are usually clean creatures and do an effective job of keeping themselves tidy. If you insist on sending your cat to the groomers, however, be ready to pay quite a bit for the experience and to deal with an angry cat when it's all over. sdlj65736

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