My Groomer recommended medication for my cat?!

Yes! Not all cats can be groomed without some help.  

Some cats will show fear and stress, and we must reduce these stressors in order to reduce the risk of injury and health problems that can arise with grooming. 

Please do not think worse of your groomer, they are thinking of the safety of your cat, and cats are… well… cats! (And sometimes they think they are lions).

Why would a cat need to be medicated? 

  • Aggression where the cat is a risk to itself and/or the Groomer
  • Pain due to arthritis or an old injury
  • Memory of pain of an old injury
  • Fear that causes a high stress response (flight, fight, fright, flail)
  • Sensory decline or cognitive disfunction
  • A previous bad experience

Some cats do not have the option of a full sedation or anaesthetic at a Veterinary Clinic, so to continue to have a groom at a salon, they may need help in removing the fear or memory.

A common recommendation is Gabapentin, but your Vet may recommend another medication due to your cat’s health.

What is Gabapentin?

Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant and analgesic medication. Gabapentin is prescribed by veterinarians for felines suffering from seizures, chronic pain, and anxiety. It works on calcium ion channels in the brain to reduce excitement.  This is a short-acting medication that takes effect in 60-90 minutes and lasts about 8-12 hours.

You should always test any medication at home before presenting for grooming.  If anything goes wrong or your feel your cat is not ‘sedated’ enough, you can then attend your veterinarian again.

Some potential side effects include:

  • Lethargy
  • Sedation
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of motor coordination
  • Agitation

This is not a miracle drug, of course as with any medication, some cats will become worse, or require something extra to make Gabapentin have its full effect. 

Natural alternatives that may be tried are:

  • Zylkene
  • CBD Oil
  • Aromatherapy
  • Bach animal rescue remedy
  • Pheromones such as Feliway

This is for informational purposes only, and you should always consult with your veterinarian and advise your groomer if you are to medicate your cat. Never give medication to your cat that has not been recently prescribed for your cat and under veterinary care.

More reading:

Study: Gabapentin Reduces Stress in Cats Before Veterinary Visits (fearfreepets.com)

Gabapentin For Cats: Usage, Safety, And More – All About Cats

There is nothing to FEAR in Cat Grooming

I find that a lot of groomers will not touch a cat as they fear so much biting and scratching and cats losing their mind!

Let’s cover some rumours for cat grooming:

Cats hate baths and go crazy with the dryer

Actually, it’s rare a cat will ‘go crazy’ in the bath.  Slowly introduce the water, once a cat is wet, most will sit there and accept the bath.   You should know what to do in case of flail if it does occur. Most cats will easily accept drying at a low speed, while being burrito wrapped.

What do I do if a cat flails? (panics) (extract from Bathing the Feline online course)

“If a cat is to flail (lose control), DO NOT put your hands in front of it, if you cannot stop before they go crazy, let them flail. They will generally flip, let them do so, but controlled in the area you can continue to help them. Keep hands over them to keep control, but not in the face. If needed use a towel. Stop the bath, if shampooed then try and rinse by bucket or any means necessary, but do not continue bathing. You will get bitten. In this case, they would have to go home wet as it would be too dangerous for you and the cat to continue. 

This is the flight response but in extreme circumstances, where they think that it is life or death, you cannot reason with this. Most owners will know whether their cat will lose control in the bath. A lot of cats that are aggressive can be bathed, but ‘flail’ cats are usually the scared shy kind that can turn aggressive for fright alone.”

Clipping cats is scary

Clipping cats is not scary at all. Once you have a procedure of how a cat is clipped, including your preferred handling and understanding the skin and anatomy, most cats are easy to clip and take less than 20-30 mins to do so.

Cats bite and scratch the groomers

Assess every cat’s temperament and watch for stress signs, to prevent escalating to the point of biting and scratching. Biting and scratching is a cats fight motion (flight, fright, fight). Most of the time, the bites you see on social media are a result of someone ignoring signs and pushing a cat past it’s limits.  Every time I’ve been bitten, it’s a result of me being complacent. I don’t believe we should have to groom every cat.  Some cats require sedation or medical behavioural support.

Want to learn more about preventing bites and enjoying the grooming process, learn more on my courses, behaviour for the cat groomer, clipping the feline, bathing the feline. 

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Don’t scruff the Cat!

Should I scruff a cat for grooming? 

It’s the controversial question that everyone has an opinion over.

I’m going to share mine!

What is ‘scruffing’?

Scruffing includes using a hand behind the cat’s neck to hold a large amount of skin, aiming to imitate the way a kitten’s mother transports kittens, causing a cat to ‘relax’.  Scruffing is also used by tom cats when mating with queens and during fighting. This is no longer a positive hold after a few weeks of age, as the reflex that causes relaxation disappears.

It should not be mimicked in a grooming salon unless there are extreme circumstances, such as where a cat needs to be removed from a high-risk situation. There are usually alternatives such as using a towel.

Look, back when I started, yes, that’s what you did! 15 years ago, you scruffed cats as it made them limp. right?

Yeah, well, I’m not too sure about that.  Over the last 15 years I have met many cats that are scruff sensitive; and if you reach for that neck, you will never gain their trust again.

I believe that in cat grooming you need to build trust with a cat, so that they know you are not going to hold them down or hurt them in any way.

Why would a cat become scruff sensitive?

  • Scruffing can cause discomfort or pain, for the cat, and therefore elevate aggression or increase sensitivity.
  • Scruffing can be interpreted by a cat as a negative association to grooming. Especially if used previously.
  • It can increase the likelihood of the groomer being injured while attempting to scruff.
  • It may exaggerate feeling of fear, stress, frustration, loss of control. and this will affect future grooms.
  • Scruffing a cat can cause it to become aggressive, from a fearful state.
  • Using the technique can increase stress, increasing cortisol, heart rate and temperature which can have adverse medical effects.
  • Scruffing will hurt the relationship between cat and groomer, where trust is important.

Scruffing removes a cat’s sense of control in the situation and limits their options, causing stress.

What can I do instead of scruffing?

There are many, many ways to restrain a cat.  Many types of towel wrap can be used instead of scruffing and other stressful holds.

Here are a few ideas I have used:

  • Upside down e-collar: Using an elizabethan collar upside down can stop paws scratching you when trimming heads, instead of using a scruff.
  • The scruff substitute using a small towel: The Scruff Substitute – Dr. Sophia Yin (drsophiayin.com)
  • Using light pressure on the shoulders at all times is one of the techniques I use in all of my grooming. This reassures the cat I am here and what I am wanting them to do.

Here are some ‘holds’ I demonstrate in Behaviour for the Cat Groomer.

  • Snake hold: Hold your hands in a V over the cats head.
  • Using the snake hold instead of scruffing to access  the armpit.
  • Chin hold: Using your thumb between the bones of the jaw, and placing the other four fingers around, or on top of the head.  You may also reverse this using the thumb at the top of the head, and fingers between the jaw bones.  This prevents the cat from biting and sudden head movements.
  • Using the wrist to hold and cut nails or check paws

To see more holds and scruffing alternatives, see Behaviour for the Cat Groomer and Clipping the Feline.

The proof is in the Veterinary and Behavioural Science. It is no longer standard practice to scruff a cat for Grooming and Veterinary treatment, as it can have repercussions on the health and wellbeing of the cat.

As you can see, I’ve only scraped the surface of the many alternatives to scruffing. If that’s what you do, then that’s what you do, but remember there are many alternatives that can mean a happier cat.

See the links below for more information.

The Importance of Business Relationships

Having business relationships, especially those in the industry, is extremely important for a Cat Grooming business.

Why network?

Referrals- I get a lot of referrals from Vets all over my city.  When I started my business, or when I needed a client boost, I sent out a letter and my cards explaining my services and what I can help their clients with. Referrals also come from Vets that see your work, so it’s good to know what Vet clinics your clients also use.

Injuries- If a client has an existing injury or becomes injured in the salon, the local vet will understand you and your business, and hopefully be more supportive if an accident would occur.


Emergencies!  I always go to the closest vet for in case of emergency, so it is best for them to know who you are and why you are on your way (collapse, seizure, bleeding). Make sure you introduce yourself to the closest vet, and have them aware of your service location/s.

Pet Shops- Knowledge of what products are available at local pet shops helps when you are needing to refer them to buy a tool or if you are asked for information.   Pet Shops are also asked daily for groomers to refer, so a bunch of cards wouldn’t go astray regularly.

Other Groomers- What if you drop and break your blade, or your clippers stop and you don’t have your back up?  Its important to build relationships so you can help each other in time of hardship.  It’s also great to know their services and availability if you need to refer possible clients you cannot assist.

Catteries/Pet Sitters- For referring to when clients ask, many will also refer to you for grooming.  Sending a letter to have them aware of your service, and a pamphlet on recommended tools for them to use on  their clients, may help build understanding.

Feline Behaviourist (or a Canine Behaviourist too if working with them)- For those cat clients with aggression or stress problems in grooming or home life.

Can you think of any more relationships a Grooming business should have?

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Who am I?

I’m Lexie Goldsmith,

My slow introduction and low stress handling techniques have been proven over 14 years of grooming cats without sedation and many happy clients, being the go-to cat groomer in my state.

I am contacted regularly by people all over the world wanting to learn cat grooming from me, and this makes me excited to see students now grooming cats with my videos, instructions and support.

I am a Qualified Veterinary Nurse, Pet Stylist and Master Cat Groomer, available for your cat grooming education needs.

Come join me on your cat grooming journey, I promise you will not be disappointed, I have a 30day money back guarantee for all courses.

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Arrrgh Fleas!

It’s getting warmer here in Australia, and that means fleas!

Keeping up with your flea prevention is so important, especially if you have children, or cats that roam (or some that come into your backyard).

If you find fleas on your cat, the first thing you should do is check your flea prevention. Only use what is sold in pet stores or vets. Those in supermarkets although cheap, don’t work. Flea powders are also a waste of money.

Can I use a flea shampoo?

Washing your cat in flea shampoo is not recommended, (yes I’m telling you not to wash your cat!) Using flea shampoo adds chemicals to your cat’s coat, and are very toxic, which they ingest. They do not kill enough of the life cycle to make a difference to the infestation. When you see one flea, there are hundreds more! Wait until your cats flea treatment works, until you do a normal maintenance bath for flea dirt and dead egg removal.

How can I tell that my cat has flea dirt (flea faeces)?

Your have appearance of speckles of dirt. Wet a tissue or wipe. Wipe the section until you have a piece of the dirt on the tissue/wipe. Wait a few minutes. If the surrounding tissue is red/orange, there is evidence of fleas or there has been fleas.

But my cat is indoor, how is it getting fleas?

Fleas can be brought in by neighbouring animals, other animals, visiting pets, and even on your shoes.

Think of a flea ridden pet like a pepper shaker, once they walk into an area, they can drop fleas and eggs, everywhere they go.

How do I check my cat for fleas?

Fleas love to congregate around the anus and the base of the tail. Under the cat between the legs and around the face. You may find fleas or flea dirt, or in some cases flea allergy dermatitis.

I recommend:

  • Wash all bedding and floors with hot soapy water.
  • Vacuum daily.
  • Spray the garden with a pesticide.
  • A natural way to kill fleas is adding food grade diatomaceous earth to cat’s food, or a as a coat powder, as this is safe for the cat and works by breaking down the fleas exoskeleton. More about diatomaceous earth.
  • Worming is important as fleas carry tapeworm. Worming should be three monthly from 6 months of age.
  • Use a spot on treatment or internal treatment. If infested, use of a spot on treatment more often then on the packaging, along with a capstar (Nitenpyram) daily, for five days, will help kick start the killing of fleas. Call the company on the flea treatment product for advice on the dose recommended for infestations, many can be used 2 weekly.

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My slow introduction and low stress handling techniques have been proven over 14 years of grooming cats without sedation and many happy clients, being the go-to cat groomer in my state.

I am contacted regularly by people all over the world wanting to learn cat grooming from me, and this makes me excited to see students now grooming cats with my videos, instructions and support.

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What I learnt from my first online Grooming Comps!

Want to compete in an online grooming competition and unsure what it’s like?

I have always been one for grooming competitions, whether it’s the buzz of the adrenaline, or the need to improve in all breeds of dogs, being surrounded by like-minded groomers or the gratitude given by the dog owners for choosing their little one. And once they said cats were involved, that’s it! I’m in!

I decided to do one cat and one dog competition.

This is my review over both.

But who knew the online competition could be so different? The stress is of course still there. The want to succeed and not clip or trim the wrong area. Here’s the difference:

Online vs in person

Preparation before the day: I didn’t need to prep the pet every week up until the big week, because really, I could have chosen to groom the pet on any day, in the two months leading up to the competition.

Choice of pet: I didn’t have to worry if they were table shy, scared of big crowds, a squealer, nervous, or, you know, a cat haha. I literally chose the cat that I had time to do pictures of. I don’t have any time between grooms anymore.

The area: I had to move my table, as I work against the wall. Not much needed changing.

The audience: No one watching! This was amazing. And you know what, if you think you have really stuffed that groom (what are critiques for anyway? Improvement.) You could just choose another pet on another day and redo it. Look, I almost decided to do that. My dog was not having a ball that day, and the coat, argh! Puppy coat change is not fun. Then I remembered I was in it to learn and try something new, so I kept going (and grooming around a sick toddler at home probably didn’t help).Of course, I do miss the social aspect.

The timing: You can have as much time as you need (unless competition rules say otherwise).Which is good when you have a sick child you are watching.

The cost: Not having to do free coat preparation grooms, and getting paid for the groom, was a bonus. I’ve never had the guts to charge a client for a competition groom. Also, not losing half or all of your day off, and being absolutely gutted the next day, is so much better!

The wait: The fact that the pet does not have to wait for the other competitors to finish, the judge to go around to everyone, and the judges’ decision making was great. My chosen dog wouldn’t stand there for that long. But… you must wait until the competition closes and the judges have gone over all online entries to receive a critique. This can be up to two months wait, depending on when you complete your entry and the specific competition.

The cats: Finally, a competition for cats! Yay! The only competitions I’ve seen available in-person for cats have been creative (in Australia). I’m not sure if a cat grooming competition is possible, but if there was, I’d be keen! And igroomhub actually does horses too!

Make sure you keep in mind what they are looking for in the winner, this helped me choose what style, length and clients to use.

I will definitely be doing another online competition, hopefully I have more choice of dogs this time, I didn’t give myself enough time to try another breed of dog.

I hope this helped you! I know there is a few competitions still open, such as the Maryland and igroomhub. The NDGANZ Groomalong competition is live and online, so a little different.

Good luck I hope to see you entered one day.

Pictured below my entries!

After all of that, I won Second Place in the Professional Cat Category!

Lexie Goldsmith

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I am contacted regularly by people all over the world wanting to learn cat grooming from me, and this makes me excited to see students now grooming cats with my videos, instructions and support.

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Grooming Senior Cats

Senior cats make up the bulk of new enquiries in my salon.

The problem with cats ageing, is that it happens without you even noticing, and then the next thing is the cat is matted!

“Wait, my cats never needed grooming before?!”

Their owners are unaware that cats do require help with grooming, especially as they become older.

Reasons why senior cats require more grooming:

  • Senior cats release more oils in their coat
  • They can become more uncomfortable in everyday life (arthritis) so they are unable to get to the required areas to move these oils and remove undercoat
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Skin and coat changes
  • Build up of nail layers due to less exercise and activity
  • Less exercise (sleeping most of the day)
  • Less self-grooming
  • Dandruff
  • More odour (and a messy behind usually too)
  • Dental issues
  • Underlying health issues
  • Medication side effects

Clipping to remove the matting is a band aid solution. We need to keep on top of this in the long run with bathing, to prevent this from reoccurring. Clipping a senior cat comes with many more risks to the cat. Removing of the excess oils, dandruff and undercoat, and a veterinary consultation to make sure there is nothing else going for the cat is recommended for a happy healthy cat and coat.

There are a few things you need to consider when grooming a senior cat:

Their thin skin! Their skin loses elasticity and is a lot thinner than younger cats. Sometimes it even becomes translucent, and you can see the veins. When grooming the sanitary area, I will always do a 10 blade. Never use a brush on a senior cat. The thinnest skin is in the armpit, anus, ears and groin. Sometimes they are also very underweight, so grooming around a bony figure too.

Possible sensory decline or cognitive disfunction. An older cat may not be able to hear and see as well and can urinate when stressed, as well as startle and lash out. They can become vocal during the groom.

Grooming a senior cat, can be more of a risk when it comes to stress causing death. When stressed, cortisol levels rise, sugar levels rise. The pulse rate will rise. Toxins can be released into the liver and kidneys in extreme stress. Extreme stress can cause urinary blockages and kidney or heart failure, even 24 hours after the stress is removed. Most of the time this risk is less than with sedation, so Vets recommend a Groomer.

It is recommended to do as little as needed to a cat during the groom, so you may choose to clip the cat in two sessions and with the owner present.

A bath and blow-dry in 6 weeks generally can be a lot less stressful for a senior, as less handling, warm water, warm air and massage is used, rather than clipping.

Senior nails can go into the pad when not as active

An example of what it can look like on cats with senior skin. (transparent skin)

Before and after Grooming on a senior cat.

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I am contacted regularly by people all over the world wanting to learn cat grooming from me, and this makes me excited to see students now grooming cats with my videos, instructions and support.

I am a Qualified Veterinary Nurse, Pet Stylist and Master Cat Groomer, available for your cat grooming education needs.

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Stud tail- Ew!

That icky greasy looking section of the tail that removes from the beauty of your cat or client’s luscious tail. It can be just oily, black, or scaly, I have an easy home remedy that works for my grooming clients that is reachable (and in your pantry). Ok, I literally stole mine from my pantry and haven’t put it back!

See before and after photos below

What is stud tail?

A cat has a gland that secretes oils on its tail and this is commonly called ‘stud tail’ (Supracaudal gland) as mostly seen in entire (un de-sexed) male cats to secrete scents. It may show baldness, flaky skin, oils, blackheads or thinning hair.

The Stud tail will need extra shampoos but you will never be able to remove completely. When drying the cat, you will notice that this patch still looks ‘wet’, this is the coat oils.

When the stud tail look like open wounds, or more than just a little crusty, please to not over wash as you may cause more problems and advise the owner to get it checked by their vet.” Extract from bathing the feline, one of my professional cat grooming online courses.

Help! How do I remove stud tail? That icky tail grease!

You may use a few ways to reduce stud tail. It is impossible to remove completely, and being a natural part of a cat, I wouldn’t recommend scrubbing away.

Degreasing method: You may try using strong degreasing agents such as ‘Groomers Goop’ (oil based) or ‘Progroom degreasing gel’, but do not do more than two applications, as you can do harm when washing possibly open skin.

Conditioning method: Oil removes oil, right? So using a concentrated conditioner may help remove the oils, then shampoo and condition again.

Soaking up the oils: I have found using corn starch (corn flour) prior to, or instead or a bath, to work very well. Here is my technique below:

Step one: Separate hairs and add the corn starch, using lots! Work it in with your fingers.

Step two: Allow to sit for 5 minutes.

Step three: Using a pin brush, brush excess out, carefully and fluffing up the coat to remove all remnants.

Step four: If possible, hold the tip and shake the tail lightly, so there is no corn starch left. You may then proceed to wash the cat as normal. I found this can keep stud tail from the coat from 1-4 weeks depending on how quickly the body secretes oils. This is a gentler approach for the skin, remembering, what we put in the skin, absorbs into the body, so I prefer to avoid harsh chemicals.

This easy approach can be done at home by anyone, and it’s cheap! 🙂

Before

During

After

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My slow introduction and low stress handling techniques have been proven over 14 years of grooming cats without sedation and many happy clients, being the go-to cat groomer in my state.

I am contacted regularly by people all over the world wanting to learn cat grooming from me, and this makes me excited to see students now grooming cats with my videos, instructions and support.

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What do I need to start Cat Grooming?

What equipment do I need to start Cat Grooming?

Whether you are starting out in Cat Grooming, or adding to your services, here is the list of what I recommend in a basic Cat Grooming Kit.

Clipping:

High Non-slip table

A5 blade type clippers (eg. Heiniger Saphir Clipper, Wahl Km10 or Oster Pro 3000i)

Steel blade/s: #10 (7F if ceramic not available)

Ceramic Blade/s: #7F (3F or 4F if looking at teddy clips in future)

Mini Trimmers or #30 blade for pads (eg. Heiniger Mini, Wahl Bravura Mini, Shear Magic mini)

Short 6inch thinning scissors for around head, tops of feet

Non-scented baby wipes

Small Dog Nail Clippers

Clipper oil spray and disinfectant

Veterinary Elizabethan Collar (easy to snap on/off type)

First Aid kit

Greyhound comb

Cat Comb (gripsoft fine comb)

Shedding Comb (Gripsoft shedding comb)

Mini Persian type comb

Bathing

Shampoo Dilution Bottles

Cat/Clarifying Shampoo (Progroom Xtra Clean, Petway Clarifying, Secret Weapon Apple Cider Vinegar)

Shower hose

Happy Hoodie/Show tech ear buddy

Large bath sheets (towels) for wrapping

Dryer with an adjustable dial (eg. Lanton, Shernbao Cyclone, Aelous Cyclone.)

Small Nail Clippers

Greyhound Comb

Pin Brush

Shedding Comb

To see a full list, see my online Professional Courses Bathing the Feline, and Clipping the Feline.

Winter Cat Grooming

You may think that cat’s don’t need grooming in winter, when in fact they may need more grooming!

The end of winter, my phone rings off the hook, as many cat owners have matted cats.

Why is this?

Because they have been matting for the whole of winter and have been putting off clipping their cat because of the cold Meanwhile, matting gets tighter and spreads the longer you wait.

Let’s look at the life cycle of the cat’s hair shaft.

  • Anagen – This is the active growing phase of the hair.
  • Catagen – This phase signals the end of the active growing phase, hair growth slows down.
  • Telogen – The resting phase of the hair cycle.
  • Exogen – Shedding phase.

Before winter, a cat’s coat is built up for protection and warmth. If the cat has not had the undercoat from spring/summer shedding removed, and has a clean coat and room for undercoat to grow into, the cat’s coat will start to mat. During winter 70% of the primary hairs and 90% of secondary hairs, are in resting phase (not shedding), hence the large amount of coat. This also explains why they shed such large amounts, as these Telogen (resting) hairs must become shedding hairs.

The cold wet air also can add to the likelihood of a cat matting, touching the wet grass, can cause parts of the cat to mat. If the cat becomes wet, it must be dried properly, and the coat separated to prevent matting. Just like our hair, if we are to wet it, and let it dry without combing/brushing, the hairs group and cause knots. Wet hair not dried properly, like with dogs, can cause bacteria to grow at the skin.

So in short, cat’s need their undercoat regularly combed out, and prevent medium to long hair cats getting wet outside, if they do, comb them as they dry to let air in and separate the hairs.

Want to learn more about matting prevention and removing undercoat?

See my courses:

Professional: Bathing the Feline, Clipping the Feline.

Cat owner courses: Short hair coat maintenance course, Long hair coat maintenance course.

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Who am I?

I’m Lexie Goldsmith,

My slow introduction and low stress handling techniques have been proven over 14 years of grooming cats without sedation and many happy clients, being the go-to cat groomer in my state.

I am contacted regularly by people all over the world wanting to learn cat grooming from me, and this makes me excited to see students now grooming cats with my videos, instructions and support.

I am a Qualified Veterinary Nurse, Pet Stylist and Master Cat Groomer, available for your cat grooming education needs.

Come join me on your cat grooming journey, I promise you will not be disappointed, I have a 30day money back guarantee for all courses.

More information on my courses here

Lexie the Cat Groomer Teacher