Welcome, Cat Lovers!
CatGroomersNearMe.com is an online platform which has two purposes: to help tens of thousands of cat owners get quality grooming service for their pets in a convenient location every day and to be a resource for all sorts of useful cat grooming advice.
The first purpose of our website is fulfilled through a cat grooming business directory, which sorts cat grooming salons by location:
For our readers, this means that you can simply enter the location you’re looking to get your cat groomed at (e.g. New York) and get the contact information for best cat grooming services in the area.
Did You Know That?
- More than 36% of US households own a cat?
- There are 95.6 million cats in the US?
- On average, every cat in the US gets a $20 worth of grooming services every year?
- There are only about 50 grooming salons in the whole state of Alaska?
- roughly 60% of US households own a pet?
At the same time, we offer an excellent chance to advertise for cat grooming businesses, since the only people who will see your listing will be extremely targeted customers (interested in cat grooming in your area)
As for the resource part, we run a blog where you can find most various cat grooming tips and cat care advice. These include practical advice on the actual grooming, medical and practical reasons on why grooming is necessary for your cat, criteria for selecting the right cat grooming and much more.
That’s why we use professional expertise for every single blog post that we publish and link to any sources that we use to back our opinions.
The rest of the article will be an overlook of the most important topics and issues associated with cat grooming. Read on!
Find the Best Cat Groomers Near You
A core part of our philosophy includes providing only the best cat grooming service recommendations to our readers. What exactly do we mean by that?
First of all, we manually process every single listing request that we get. With every single business listed on our website we’ll have made personal contact and ensured that not only they’re a real company, but that they also have a base of satisfied customers.
That’s why even if you don’t see any reviews on a certain company’s profile, please remember that it’s already been through our strict selection process.
Secondly, we want to give you as much of useful information about the businesses as possible. That’s why we created rich business profiles, which include:
- Up-to-date contact information and a physical address
- The business’s email address
- Short description of services offered
- Detailed reviews written by our readers
- Working hours
- Interactive map feature which shows directions from your current location
- Link to the business’s website for more information
We designed our website to be as intuitive to use as possible. Simply enter the location you’re looking to get your cat groomed in and get the information you’re looking for within moments.
Top Reasons Why Your Cat Should Be Groomed
We understand that not all of our readers might be here outright looking for cat grooming services. Some of you might have a question: “Why should I groom my cat at all?”
While it is true that grooming is not as vital to your cat as, for example, food, reasons behind cat grooming go deeply beyond just appearance. Here are a few major reasons why all cats without special conditions should get regular grooming:
- Cats don’t always stay 100% on top of their personal hygiene. Cats have a naturally oily skin, so after a while they might develop an unpleasant smell. If your pets love to spend time outside, they might come home dirty. Cats might suffer from dandruff, and they might have accidentally have something stuck to their rear after using the litterbox. Not only all those things are unpleasant for you and your cat, they might indicate or lead to a more serious health problem.
- Cats without proper care tend to have lumps of tangled hair. And this is not just a cosmetic issue: these chunks of fur might cover problematic skin areas like wounds, bruises or fleas. If you notice that your cat has this problem, please do not try to shave the hair yourself, since the skin under matted hair is usually very sensitive and, possibly, damaged. Instead, leave this task to professional cat hygienists (and ask them to be extra careful!)
- Self-licking is not the same as grooming! Yes, cats do lick themselves as a means of keeping themselves clean, but licking doesn’t fix issues like bad breath, fleas, funny smell or poop stuck to their butts. In fact, the contrary is true - many of these issues arise because cats have a habit of licking themselves.
- Cats like to look gorgeous, too. Isn’t it nice to look nice? We believe that cats are magnificent and elegant creatures, and that they deserve to look spectacular. Even if you got used to your pet’s matted hair, it doesn’t mean they’re comfortable in their own skin!
Types of Cat Grooming Services
Before you start looking for the right salon for your cat’s grooming needs, you should think about what kind of services does your cat actually need.
In entirety, cat grooming can be divided into these categories:
- Bathing (1)
- Haircuts (2)
- Tail trim
- Aromatherapy (3)
- Nail trim
- Ear cleaning
- Nail caps application (4)
- Sanitary trim (5)
- There are several types of baths offered by most cat salons. The basic baths often include the usage of an emollient and/or whitening shampoo. However, for cats with skin disorders, medical baths with specially designed shampoos are the only way to go. There are also baths that are specifically recommended for cats suffering from fleas.
- The most popular haircut for cats is the “Lion Cut”. With this style, only the cat’s head is left unshaved, imitating the look of a lion.
- Aromatherapy usually involves usage of avocado, lavender oils and calming shampoos. Yes, cats need stress relief, too.
- A preventionary measure to minimize the damage done due to cat’s scratches. These caps usually last for 3-6 weeks and are very effective.
- Genital area trim, aimed to remove soiled hair in sensitive areas.
A couple of tips on types of grooming services:
- Know exactly what kind of service you’re looking for. Cat groomers are usually quite specific in terms of services offered, so make sure that the groomer of your choice does provide the service that you need. Most of the grooming services are quite different in terms of equipment/expertise required, even if they sound closely related, e.g. sanitary trim and haircuts.
- Don’t strain yourself looking for the best grooming price on the Internet. Cat groomers don’t usually have fixed rates; instead, they quote a price dependent on your cat’s medical state, fur type and even things like the time of day (professionals in this field seem to be a little relaxed in regards to pricing). You’ll get much more information by calling them on the phone or visiting the salon.
How to Choose a Great Cat Groomer
Perhaps the most important - and, probably, the hardest - part of getting your cat proper care is actually choosing between the numerous cat care salons out there. Here are a few things you should pay attention to when choosing a cat grooming business:
- Reviews, testimonials and referrals. Nothing says more about a service than experiences of people who have used the same exact service, and that should be a key factor when making a decision. If you can’t find any reviews for a specific place on our website, go to the salon’s website and see if there are any on-site reviews or testimonials. If even that’s not enough, try asking someone you know who has a cat for a grooming service they’d recommend.
- On-site text and service descriptions. Small businesses like cat grooming salons usually don’t hire skilled copywriters. Pretty much everything you’ll see on their websites they write themselves, and they do it simply and straight-to-the-point. That’s why studying a cat groomer’s website is pretty much the same as talking to them directly - you’ll get a good feel if this person knows what they’re talking about and whether you’d trust their expertise.
- The actual person who’s doing the job. For most of us, cats are like family. That’s why if you truly want to feel comfortable leaving your beloved pet in someone else’s hands, don’t hesitate to spend some time and chat with the business owner/groomer over the phone or face-to-face. You don’t have to like them, but you at least have to believe that they’re going to be gentle and careful with your cat.
On the other hand, one thing that you shouldn’t give too much weight in your final decision is the quality and design of their website. Cat groomers are mostly small businesses who don’t have the budget or the need to hire skilled webmasters. Therefore, you should cut them some slack and not judge about the quality of their service based on the fanciness of their website.
DIY Cat Grooming Tips
We always recommend going to professionals for grooming services unless you truly know what you’re doing. Although some tasks like brushing your cat are harmless in most cases, attempting something like a nail trim for your cat might end up in an injury for both of you.
However, if you do decide to groom your pet yourself, here are a few tips that’ll get you started:
- Let your cat get accustomed to being brushed. Remember the time when your mom used to forced you to brush your hair in the morning? Remember the unpleasant, unavoidable pain?.. Well, take that pain and multiply it by three, because cats have thicker, oilier hair than we do and their brushes look like alternative torture instruments. Approach your cat when they’re in good mood, and carefully offer them a short brushing session. After a while, they’ll want it themselves.
- If your cat is long-haired, prepare a small bag for all the loose hair. You’ll be surprised how much hair you’ll end up with.
- Be extra gentle when brushing in the belly area.
- If you’re going to trim your cat’s nails, always do it before bathing.
- If your cat isn’t particularly excited to get its nails cut, start touching her feet more. Massage them. After a while, your cat won’t even notice you’re doing something with its feet.
- Use only specifically designed scissors to trim a cat’s nails, and cut off only the white tip of the nail. Be very careful not to damage the pink quick, which can sometimes be noticed through the partially transparent claw.
These are just a few practical tips on cat grooming and not complete guidelines. If you do decide to groom your cat yourself, please seek out a more complete source and, preferably, get consulted by professionals.
More Cat Lifestyle and Nutrition Advice
Although cat grooming is an important element of good cat care, there are more important things to watch out for when speaking about your cat’s health.
For example, the number one nutritional problem that cats have is obesity. The urban cats of today live a much more sedentary lifestyle than, for example, cats which used to live in barns. Due to them being relatively inactive, their nutritional needs are very low - scientists recommend to give your cat between 24 and 35 calories per day to keep a healthy weight.
It’s very easy to overfeed your precious pet, and this is a big cat owner problem. While an overweight cat has become normal and even cute (Garfield, anyone?), obesity is directly related to having diabetes, arthritis and urinary tract diseases.
Also, cat owners often get mad at their cats for “bad behavior”, which is mostly just cats trying to tell their owners that something’s wrong. Here are three most common tricky cat owner situations and their solutions:
- Refusing to use the litterbox. In 99.99% of cases, cats won’t use their dedicated litterbox since they don’t like the litter or they simply don’t like where you put the box. Solution: use unscented (possibly, synthetic) litter and/or put the box somewhere else (preferably, somewhere quieter).
- Damaging the furniture. Cats have the need to “sharpen” their “claws” from time to time, and your furniture pays the ultimate price. Solution: buy your cat a few structured scratching posts.
- Not playing nicely. Cats have a little different understanding of the word “game”. They scratch, they pounce, and they bite. Solution: gift your cat some toys to spend their “predatory” energy on. Even a ball of foil can keep your cat busy for hours.
Sources: National Cat Groomers, Love That Pet, Cat Obesity - WebMD, Cat Behavior - WebMD, Pet Statistics, Pet Groomer