Cat Grooming? Really?

Cat Grooming? Here’s another thought on this Feline Friday.

One of our destinations on Thursday was the Pick of the Litter Thrift Shop, operated by Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA in Burlingame. We found it easily with a little assistance from Google Maps. There’s a municipal parking lot right next door.

It’s a great thrift shop, and we’ve found it on previous trips. Usually there are animals for you to interact with, hoping to be adopted. They’re back by the book section, and a very nice feature of this store.

Across the street I noticed the big sign on a storefront, “Groomingdales, Dog & Cat Grooming.”

Really? Cat grooming? If our cats are any indication, that must be a business struggling to develop and clientele.

I don’t believe that any of the cats that have ever lived with us over the past 40+ years would ever submit to anything like grooming. In a strange place? With people they don’t know? No way. Perhaps if they were drugged, but even then it would be a struggle to drag them out from hiding places and into the light. I just don’t think it would work.

Does that mean there’s something wrong with our cats? With us? Are there enough of those big, passive, show cats, the ones you see featured in photos of cat shows, to keep a place like this in business?

I was going to go in and ask them about the cats they groom at Groomingdales, but thought better of it. Best leave it a mystery.

Have any of you taken your cat to a groomer? I would be interested.

4 responses to “Cat Grooming? Really?

  1. No, never have taken any cat to have it groomed. Both of my current two would
    Pitch a fit! But, we have seen that our local big box pet stores offer cat grooming, too. Maybe they take care of the claws? Our friends have a Persian that loves to take baths, so who knows.

  2. Lurline McGregor

    Someone would be very severely scratched and probably bitten if they tried to give either of my cats a bath. It’s traumatic enough just getting them in the carrier for their yearly vet visit. But they do like being groomed with the Kong Zoom Groom… assuming it’s me grooming them and they’re in the mood…

  3. After our Persian had a bad experience at a groomer’s–evidenced by his hurtling himself to the top of very high book cases–we clipped him ourselves for years and brushed his teeth for good measure. He always looked like he’d been in a fight, but he maintained his regal indifference. Out latest cat submits placidly to having her nails cut and teeth brushed. She is quite timid but for some reason becomes Miss Personality at the vet’s. She’s also much smarter than the male Persian which doesn’t surprise my wife.

  4. I gave my cat a bath yesterday. He has a skin allergy and i bathe him with a hypo allergenic soap for cats. He does not love the bath at the time, but after he is very relaxed.

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