Cat Grooming – The Basics
Cat grooming is an expanding industry in the UK. Many dog groomers up and down the country are finding the demand for cat grooming increasing, so much so that earlier this year, the Pet Care Trade Association launched a new cat grooming qualification at the British Dog Grooming Championships. Pampering all pets is becoming the norm. To reflect this, we at Groomers have created a guide to some of the basics of cat grooming for any professional groomers out there considering this type of business development.
Some General Cat Grooming Information and Tips
- It is best to train through a dedicated cat grooming course before you start this work professionally. It is important you learn techniques specific to cat grooming, as well as knowledge of the tools and product suitable.
- Cat grooming is very different to working with dogs. Safe and efficient handling, and temperament and stress management are key elements of this type of work.
- It is important to study the different breeds of cat to allow you to understand the needs of each feline client.
- Professional cat groomers will generally tend to work with long-haired or older cats. Brush outs and matt removal will be common, as well as treatment for skin conditions.
- In general, cat hair is much finer than dog hair. However, cats, like dogs, still have different hair types, including long, short, soft, silky, coarse, etc..
- Owners may need to stay throughout the grooming session. Cats typically behave better and are less stressed when their owner is present.
Essential Cat Grooming Equipment
- Soft slicker
- Fine comb
- Grooming mitt
- Matt breaker
- Waterless shampoo