Salon Coming Soon!

Well, after what seems like an age, my little dream is becoming a reality.

For years now I’ve been grooming cats in a mobile setting. It’s not as easy as you might think! Yes, I’ve groomed cats in luxurious surroundings, but also on my knee, in cupboard sized rooms, bathrooms and other sadder surroundings such as rescue situations and more. I feel that this has given me incredibly important experience that I could never have received in a salon setting, and I’m grateful for both that, and the wonderful clients I am so lucky to have.

Harry, Retford.

Finally, planning permission has been passed for my cat only grooming salon (located West Stockwith, Doncaster). All that’s required now is for final works to be done on the cabin and it will be open on an appointment only basis.

I will be maintaining my mobile work, but am no longer taking on clients in areas I haven’t previously covered. This does not mean new clients can’t get an appointment, just that if it is in an area not already on my books, I’ll be more likely to refer you to another ethical, holistically minded groomer nearer you. The salon will be open Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, working between 10am-8pm, but will accommodate early intakes to help out people who have to go to work.

My mobile days will be Tuesday and Wednesday, still working between 10am-8pm and will still be rotating between areas, aiming to group clients in the same area together to save money on the visit expenses.

The view from my house, early morning, where the salon will be located.

Our property is located in West Stockwith, near Misterton in Doncaster. It has been a serious undertaking for a couple with three teenage daughters who had never done any renovation before! We bought the house after it had been owned by a guy who loved to do his own DIY. An example of the work that needed to be done would be when we moved in. The first plug socket I touched gave me a huge electric shock! We knew it needed work, but didn’t quite expect as much as was required. We have spent the last three years slinging literally everything we had into the renovation, and are finally just getting to the point where the inside of the house is looking nice – it’s almost ready for outside work!

A sneaky peek at the Salon

As you can see, it doesn’t look too glamourous as yet! It will be painted outside and the windows will be altered too. The inside is already laid out, there is a reception room which will not only welcome clients and their cats, but will host a selection of products I advise my clients to use, as well as some lovely accessories handmade by a few select small businesses.

There are two working rooms. Both will ultimately be used for grooming, but initially there will be my main grooming room, and another quiet room for cats either waiting to be groomed or for their owners to come collect them. The emphasis will be on a quiet and restful room, in a lovely rural setting without the disturbance and the strange scents and noises which most cats receive in a typical dog grooming setup. The cats waiting to be groomed or go home in my parlour will be provided either cat TV/music while they wait, or if a more nervous type, dark and quiet with no other disturbances.

The working rooms will be laid out similarly to an examination room in a veterinary surgery. Hygienic cladding on the walls and ceiling, and waterproof medical grade flooring. My cleaning regime is quite simple but very effective and tools are cleaned after every groom to industry standard. Cat grooming may not be regulated (yet!), but I intend to set the bar very high – just because there are no regulatory stipulations, that does not mean cats should receive lesser care and attention.

My van is about to be customised purely for cat carriage, with four crates. I could have fit more in, but I refuse to squash them in like sardines. Two will accommodate cats in their crates, and two will serve as cat crates themselves – these two have a double door system so there’s no chance of escape. The van will have air venting for fresh air, and the temperature will be monitored. Soothing music will play in the back to distract the cats from the noise of the road.

Moonie, one of our rescue cats.

Well, I think I’ve babbled on enough for now. Thank you for reading, until next time.

Do We Really Need to Groom Our Cats?

Contrary to common belief, assisted grooming is an essential part of most cats lives. It is not simply about fur, but the cats health and well-being too.

“Oh, cats don’t need to be groomed, they do it themselves!”

Of course they can groom themselves, but what about the ones that can’t quite manage their coat? Or those who for whatever reason can’t reach certain parts of their body regularly? These are the cats who need assistance more than any other, however, even cats who aren’t long-haired, overweight or elderly need help too.

What about you, as an owner? Are you happy with the level of cat fur which is present in your house?

A cat groomer is not someone who just messes about with brushes and gets enjoyment from combing a cats fur. They perform other services, for example, even short-haired cats may need ‘sanitary’ assistance. Their eyes and ears need cleaning, in a safe and hygienic way. Their claws may need attention. A good cat groomer will assess your cat and take notice of them physiologically as they are grooming as a matter of course. (I will take a moment at this point to stress that no-one, unless qualified as a vet should diagnose or make any sort of attempt to prescribe something for your cat, but your groomer might notice something you may need to talk to your vet about).

Grooming can be such a wonderful relief for your cat, and the removal of a heavily matted coat can do more for his or her happiness than you might think.

Without a regular and very thorough brushing, a cats coat can develop knots and tangles, particularly in certain areas.

If left for too long, these tangles progress to an even more knotted state and become an almost weave-like shield of knots that present as a mat. Once it gets to this stage it is an incredibly hard and time-consuming task to comb out, and will often result in the need for shaving/clipping. The longer the mat is left, the closer the fur tangles to the skin until the point where it touches and then ‘shields’ the skin from any outside influence. Once it’s at this point, it becomes an even more dangerous job for the groomer to remove due to the risk of breaking the cats skin with the clippers.

At this point, cat owners often give up and take their cat to the vet to be clipped. This is perfectly fine of course, but regular maintenance can prevent this. A trip to the vets is never cheap, and there is always the likelihood of sedation in order to clip the cat which can run to hundreds of pounds.

Your cat groomer will take more time. They will brush out the coat until as much of the dead fur (as possible) is removed. The vet knows all there is to know about the health of your animal, but your groomer spends all of her working day doing specific tasks. She will get to know you and your cat and establish a good relationship with you. She will take notes on your needs, and how your cat reacts to being groomed and develop a plan in order to deal with your cat in as gentle a way as possible but still get the job done.

To sum up, grooming is essential basic maintenance for any cat owner. Just remember that prevention is better than cure!

Until next time x