Contrary to popular belief, cats do not groom themselves; They lick themselves and spread saliva all over their bodies. Cat saliva contains Fel D1 protein that promotes the allergic reaction in some humans. Licking the surface of the coat is also ineffective at removing grease that originates from the skin, which ultimately leads to painful mats and if left untreated, eventually pelts.
Why does matting occur? Cats naturally shed their coats, and a mat is simply the buildup of detached hair that was unable to fall off completely because it was caught in grease or a thick undercoat. Think of it as the same concept as dreadlocks on humans, which is why people wanting dreadlocks don't wash their scalps while they are attempting to form them. As the cat sheds over time, the buildup of trapped and tangled hair worsens, and mats form.
Do you have a greasy, matted or even pelted cat? Do you have difficulty trimming your cat's nails or even running a comb through them? Our goal is to both solve your cat's grooming issues without judgement passed on you the guardian, and to promote healthy skin and coat through education and a regular grooming schedule.
This will depend on a variety of factors such as your cat's skin and coat type, tolerance, indoor/outdoor, health and age. Anywhere from 4-6 weeks for long hair cats, to once every four months for short hair cats is recommended to keep the skin and coat healthy.
Yes! We groom 7 days a week, even during our "closed" hours Saturdays and Sundays. Mornings preferred on weekends. If your cat isn't already registered with us, go to BOOK ONLINE to put them in the system, and then call 719-602-6081 to schedule your groom.
Yes, through our mobile vet partner. We just need plenty of advanced notice in order to schedule a time for Dr Victoria Staus of Furry Friends Mobile Vet to come to our grooming salon to administer. Her sedation fees are an estimated $200 which includes travel, exam, sedation, monitoring of vital signs throughout, and after care.
If your cat doesn't require full sedation or "going under," your veterinarian may prescribe an oral sedative in anticipation for grooming, which is best to administer approximately 30 minutes prior to your appointment.
Cats have exquisite senses and can stress very easily. We highly recommend adding Zylkene to their food at least one week prior to your appointment to help facilitate adaption to the challenging situation of grooming. Zylkene is a natural product that comes in capsules you sprinkle over their food, proven to help manage stress in both cats and dogs. Its active ingredient is derived from milk protein casein, the same calming agent a kitten would get from their mom while nursing.
For the safety of our staff and because our salon and boarding area are under the same roof, proof of FVRCP and Rabies must be provided before we can groom your cat.
Yes! An average full groom should take about an hour, but if you don't have that kind of flexibility during your day, we're happy to put them up in one of our luxury boarding rooms as long as we have space.