The Cat Class

Advice from Lexie, Master Cat Groomer

Desensitisation in Cat Grooming

Desensitisation Systematic desensitisation and counter-conditioning (DS/CC) are the main techniques that behaviour professionals use to change a cat's response to a specific triggers (stimuli eg. water) in a variety of situations. In the Grooming salon these triggers include water, clipping,...

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Cleaning the Feline Face

Having a brachycephalic/short nosed cat, can be super cute! Brachy breeds include the Persian, Chinchilla, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, British Shorthair, and Scottish Fold. But they can also come with some extra grooming needs. A short nose means wrinkles in the face, and sometimes tear...

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Lockdown Reboot

Interview with May Wong – M Dog Grooming, Grooming with May May Wong is the Owner and head Groomer of M Dog Grooming in Mulgrave Victoria, Australia. May is known internationally for her high quality styling and online grooming video classes. From the 5th of August until the 19th October...

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Ew! Dandruff!

Have you noticed flakes on your cat? Like someone has sprinkled salt on your kitty? Dandruff can affect any cat. Dandruff is the build up of dead skin, known as seborrhoea sicca. It happens when the skin produces more skin flakes then usual, or they are not being moved by grooming. Before...

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Don't Catch the Cat!

It’s the age-old question; should I reach out and catch the panicking cat? Whether it’s a well-prepared for capture, or you’ve caught them in a freak moment; the moral of the story is - never try to catch the panicking cat. The danger of a cat bite is a real one; cat saliva contains the...

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Why does my Cat Shed all year round?!

Why does my cat shed all year round? In the wild, cats grow hair seasonally. They build up coat in winter and shed in spring and summer to allow air in and cool the body. Due to domestication, breeding, and weather change, many cats shed all year around. Sometimes this shedding coat gets...

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To Clip or not to Clip? That is the Meowstion

It's getting hot, you may want to clip your cat. Should I clip? We need to consider a few things first. The Cats coat is it's protection from the elements. It creates undercoat that is built and shed seasonally to help regulate temperature and protect the skin. Clipping the coat exposes...

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De-matting

Why don’t you recommend de-matting? De-matting with de-matting tools is a high-risk grooming procedure, Cat skin is so thin and easy to cut, not to mention the quick movement of a cat. This may cause a trip to the vet to stitch the skin. Is it worth the risk of an unhappy cat and owner? Most...

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Reducing Cat Carrier Stress

Remember a cat will always see a carrier as a negative thing as it always leads to a location they don’t enjoy! (unless they are one of our clients that enjoy the grooming/Vet). Being in a car can also mess with their balance and therefore many cats cry. Here are some tips to try and see it in...

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Use of Carding tools on Medium to Long hair cats

Furminators or Carding brushes A furminator is a carding tool that is sharp straight out of the packet (just like any blade or stripping tool). It has its use as a tool for short haired coats that lay flat if used carefully and blunted. The cutting edges in between each of these teeth very...

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