Professional Cat Grooming Services in Campbell & Saratoga, CA
Although you may consider your cat a self-cleaning creature, it can be beneficial to take him or her for professional cat grooming services. Campbell and Saratoga, CA pet owners prefer the full-service grooming salon at Dr. Dave’s Doggy Daycare, Boarding & Grooming. Our groomers provide bathing, brushing, nail trimming, and even tooth brushing for cats of all breeds, sizes, and ages. While you could attempt these basic grooming services yourself at home, many cats do not like having a bath, getting their claws clipped, or their teeth brushed. Rather than fight with your cat and possibly injure both of you in the process, it’s usually less of a hassle to rely on our well-trained cat groomers to get the job done. A clean cat is a healthy, happy cat. Let our groomers help keep your cat purr-fectly groomed!
Signs You Need to Take Your Cat to Our Cat Groomers Soon
As cats age, they may not groom themselves as efficiently as they did in years past. If you’ve noticed any of the following warning signs, it could be time to take your cat to a professional groomer:
- Matted Fur – Is it becoming more difficult to brush through your cat’s hair because of excessive mats or knots in their fur? While you might be tempted to cut out these mats yourself, you could accidentally lacerate your cat’s skin. Our cat groomers know how to remove mats gently.
- Ingrown Claws – Just like your nails need to be clipped to prevent ingrown nails, your cat’s claws sometimes need to be clipped to avoid curling inward as they grow. If ignored, ingrown claws can lead to painful infections in your cat’s paw pads, which may need medication from the vet.
- Anal Gland Leakage – Have you noticed an unpleasant smell from your cat or on the couch where they were lying? Your cat could be experiencing anal gland leakage, which could be a medical issue you need to address at the vet. Some cats need regular anal gland expression services provided by a professional groomer to combat the problem. Any time you notice unusual drainage from your cat’s anal glands, eyes, nose, or ears, you should contact your vet.
- Sticky Fur – Has your cat gotten something icky stuck in his or her fur? If you leave it up to your cat to clean, he or she may ingest something they shouldn’t. If it’s something potentially hazardous, such as a topical medication or chemicals, it may require emergency vet care.
Preventing Hairballs and Other Benefits of Grooming Your Cat
Pet grooming for cats offers various health benefits. Not only will your cat feel refreshed after a bath, but keeping your cat clean prevents ticks, fleas, and other parasites from setting up camp in their fur. Cleaning their teeth and ears helps prevent cavities, gum disease, ear infections, ear mites, and more. Regular grooming also allows you to inspect your cat’s skin for lumps or lesions that could indicate more severe health issues. Finally, getting your cat regularly groomed can help prevent hairballs. Because cats keep themselves clean with their tongues, hairballs are a common unpleasantry. Hairballs are caused by your cat swallowing loose or dead hair while grooming. Most hair passes through your cat’s digestive tract without any issues. However, it can form hairballs in your cat’s stomach, which may cause your cat to vomit. Over time, too many hairballs can hurt your kitty’s intestinal tract and even lead to life-threatening blockages.
How to Groom Your Cat at Home Between Cat Grooming Visits
Brushing is like giving your cat a massage while removing dead hair and stimulating new hair growth. We recommend brushing your kitty at least once or twice per week to maintain a healthy glow. Whether you have a long-hair or short-hair kitty, shedding is normal. If you notice bald patches or significant hair loss, consult your vet. We also suggest brushing their teeth at least three times a week (if you can’t commit to daily brushing) and examining your kitty’s ears once per week for waxy buildup. Cat nail trimming is essential every 10 days or so to prevent curved or overgrown nails from harming your cat’s paw pads, not to mention your furniture and other belongings.
Preparing Your Cat for Professional Cat Grooming Services
Many cats become aggressive, stressed, or anxious when it’s time for grooming. Depending on your cat’s temperament and tolerance for professional grooming services, it may be necessary to sedate them before their grooming appointment. Several over-the-counter sedatives are available, but you should always talk to your vet before administering any of them for your cat’s safety. There are other ways to reduce your cat’s anxiety before grooming appointments that you may wish to try first. Some cats benefit from a body wrap, which puts gentle pressure on their torso for a calming effect. Specific food supplements also combat anxiety, as do natural herbs, synthetic pheromones. Always ask for professional recommendations to achieve the best results.
Are You Curious About Cat Grooming Prices? Contact Us Today!
As a responsible pet parent, you want your cat to feel happy, healthy, and pampered. If you’re curious about our cat grooming prices in Campbell and Saratoga, CA, contact us today for more details or to schedule an appointment with our professional cat groomers. At Dr. Dave’s Doggy Daycare, Boarding & Grooming, your pets are like family!