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Cat Grooming: How To Tackle Your Cat’s Shedding

Cat Grooming: How To Tackle Your Cat’s Shedding

Cat Grooming. Those words strike terror into the hearts of even the biggest cat lover. Feline parents know how our babies feel about having their routine upset. Some cats would rather spend one of their nine lives than leave their comfy bed and take a bath!

But it’s summer, and your house is awash in cat fur. For the sanity sake, your cat needs grooming. We know you hate to stress your cat out, but did you realize seeing a groomer a few times a year can prevent serious health problems down the road?

Most cat breeds will shed their winter coat in the spring and summer months. While aggravating, there’s no need for worry. It’s perfectly normal. Help the process along with regular brushing and a bath. If this doesn’t remedy the issue, it could be time to let a professional help.

If your cat gets too stressed out from traveling back and forth from the groomers, consider mobile cat grooming. The groomer will come out to you at your convenience.

Once a groomer has seen your cat, they can help determine if this is normal shedding or if your cat seems to have a problem causing the fur loss.

What’s Normal Shedding And What’s Not?

Nearly all furry animals will shed some of their coat starting in the spring. Outdoor cats will shed more than indoor cats, but they all drop fur. Some cat breeds with the worst shedding include Maine Coon, Persian, Siberian, Himalayan, Chartreux and the American Curl.

If your cat is one of these breeds (or a mix) expect lots of shedding…and lots of cat grooming. If you are looking to adopt a new kitty, and you want a cat with low grooming needs, you may want to consider one of these breeds: Siamese, Cornish Rex, Turkish Angora Bombay, Burmese or a Bengal. Regardless of the cat you have, regular brushing and bathing should help control annoying shedding.

If you have a cat who is shedding in clumps, is continually itching, or has stopped grooming themselves altogether, there may be a bigger problem.

Underlying Causes Of Shedding

Sometimes no matter how well you groom your cat, the shedding continues. Then it’s time to see if there is something else going on. Common reasons for excess shedding include:

  1. Pests such as fleas, ticks, and mites. Even indoor cats can end up with pests like fleas. Make sure you are giving your cats the proper medication for the control of insects.
  2. Allergies. Just like people, animals can have allergies to grasses, food, or pollen. A vet will have to check for allergies and prescribe the right medication and environmental changes.
  3. Poor diet. A cat needs enough fat and nutrients in their food to maintain a healthy coat. A poor diet will cause shedding and more cat grooming. Make sure your cat food meets all nutritional needs.
  4. Hormone imbalance. Giving birth, spaying, or neutering can all cause your cat’s hormones to fluctuate and induce shedding. This will usually rectify itself.
  5. Stress. All fur parents know that cats hate stress. A new routine, an added pet to the home, or going to the vet will cause excess shedding until the stress is over.
  6. Tumors and cancer. Discolored skin, lumps, and excess shedding can be signs of a rare, but severe condition. Regular grooming can help find anything out of the ordinary that a vet needs to look at.

How Regular Cat Grooming Can Detect Problems

If you are regularly brushing your cat, but the shedding is still a problem, you may want to consider professional grooming. An experienced groomer sees hundreds of pets and has a better idea of what’s normal and what’s not.

Fleas, bumps, hair clumping, discolorations are all things a groomer can find and report to you. A flea infestation can cause anemia, a condition where the blood doesn’t have enough red blood cells. Your cat will itch, shed, and feel tired. A vet can quickly correct the situation before it becomes severe. Young cats are especially at risk.

Your older or overweight cat may stop grooming themselves altogether as they aren’t as limber as they should be. It’s essential for your cat’s health that they stay clean and groomed.

Contact The Lucky Dawg Salon & Mobile Grooming Team For Your Fur Baby!

Our caring and experienced pet groomers are ready to answer your cat grooming questions. Are you undecided about whether mobile or salon grooming is right for your cat? We can help you make the best choice based on your pet’s personality.

For mobile grooming, please call 310-784-0566. For salon grooming call 310-784-0775. You can also reach us by using our contact us form. Make sure to like us on Facebook!

Salon Or Mobile Grooming For Your Furry Feline?

Salon Or Mobile Grooming For Your Furry Feline?

Our goal is to help you find the best option for your cat. After all, they are a member of your family. We understand how important it is for your four-legged friend to have a grooming experience that is comfortable and safe.

Salon Grooming For Your Cat

If you’re like most pet owners, a grooming salon is probably the first place that comes to mind in terms of getting your furry feline squeaky clean. Salons have all the tools and products to groom your cat in a safe and effective way. If you choose a grooming salon like Lucky Dawg, you can rest assured your cat will be treated like royalty.

Pros:

  • Price: Grooming salons are typically more affordable than the mobile pet grooming option. This is largely due to the brick and mortar salon being able to see more pets during the day than a mobile salon. Due to the higher volume of pets being groomed, salons can keep their prices a bit lower. Sometimes, pet salon shops will offer in-store discounts and promotional offers.
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  • More Groomers: As the saying goes, “Many hands make for light work”. Grooming salons often have multiple groomers on staff. This means they can help each other with cats that might have special needs or behavioral issues. Multiple groomers also cover for each other. If your pet’s groomer cancels your appointment there will probably be another groomer to take their place.
  • Flexible Scheduling: Scheduling and/or rescheduling appointments is often much easier in a shop type setting versus mobile pet grooming. This is because they have more openings available.
  • Longer Grooming Times: For some, this can be an annoyance. However, if you have a senior cat or a pet with special needs, longer grooming may be beneficial.

Cons:

  • Distractions: Some salons have a receptionist or secretary for answering phones and checking in clients. However, some do not, which means the groomers will be distracted with other duties other than pampering your cat.
  • Kennels: Some shops place pets into kennels while they wait for their turn to be groomed. This can cause anxiety and stress for your cat if the wait time is long.
  • Noisy: Grooming salons are going to be buzzing with other pets, phones ringing, music, etc. Some cats do not handle this type of chaos, well.

Summary – There are pros and cons to salon grooming. Lucky Dawg makes sure your cat has the best possible experience at our shop.

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Mobile Grooming For Your Cat

The pet grooming industry is growing by leaps and bounds each and every year. One trend that has recently hit the streets is mobile cat grooming. This convenient service offers many things for you and your cat. Be advised, there are pros and cons to mobile cat grooming.

Pros:

  • Convenient: When you don’t feel like leaving your house to go to a noisy salon, have the salon come to you! Mobile pet grooming is highly convenient for both you and your cat.
  • Dog-Free: Most kitties don’t mesh well with doggos. The mobile grooming environment extinguishes any interaction between your cat and other client’s dogs.
  • Faster Grooming Times: By comparison, salon grooming time versus mobile grooming time has about a 1-2-hour difference. Mobile grooming has your cat feeling fresh and fabulous in about 45 minutes.
  • Undivided Attention: Your mobile pet salon groomer is only going to be working on your cat. Therefore, your kitty will be getting the star treatment and won’t have to share the attention with other animals.

Cons:

  • Price: Because mobile pet grooming is a convenience service, the price is often a bit higher than salon prices. Time, travel, and gas are factors that the groomer uses to determine their pricing as well as seeing less clients in a day.
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  • High Velocity Dryer: These types of dryers are great for speedy drying; however, they can be scary for cats due to their loud noises.
  • Limited Scheduling: Mobile groomers may only be in your area at certain times of the month. This limits when you can have your cat groomed. A salon allows you more scheduling flexibility.
  • One Groomer: Unlike a salon, mobile pet grooming only has one set of hands on deck. This can be a good thing in some respects but a bad thing in others. Some cats have special needs that require the help of multiple groomers.
  • Mechanical Issues: Just like any mobile service, these groomers depend largely on their vehicles and equipment to be working properly. When a groomer has a mechanical breakdown, your appointment is going to either be pushed to a different time or day or even canceled altogether. This can be an inconvenience for you because you’ll have to rearrange your schedule.

Summary – Mobile pet grooming comes with the good and the bad depending on your cat’s specific needs.

Contact The Lucky Dawg Salon & Mobile Grooming Team Today!

Our pet grooming connoisseurs are standing by to answer your cat pampering questions! Are you undecided about whether mobile or salon grooming is right for your kitty? We can help you make the best choice based on your pet’s unique needs. Tell us how we can make you and your cat’s day brighter!

For mobile grooming, please call 310-784-0566 or 310-784-0775 for salon grooming. You can also reach out by using our contact us form.

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Reasons Your Cat May Not Be Grooming Itself & How You Can Help

Reasons Your Cat May Not Be Grooming Itself & How You Can Help

Unlike dogs, cats tediously clean their coats from head to toe. They are experts at cleaning themselves and love keeping their coats spotless and tidy. It’s one of their main hobbies. But what happens when your cat’s self-grooming becomes a problem?

Sometimes, cats will stop grooming themselves out of nowhere, and you may suddenly notice that your cat constantly has dirty feet or doesn’t smell very good. You may wonder why this is happening, and what you can do to help.

Why Your Cat May Not Be Grooming Themselves

While it may be alarming when your cat stops grooming itself, it’s important to make sure to assess the situation to determine the cause, and then you can take appropriate action. A visit or call with the veterinarian is always a good idea, so that you can get a professional eye on the situation.

There are many ways to detect why your cat is not grooming itself on their own. The most common reasons why cats stop grooming themselves or groom themselves less are:

You have a senior cat.

Senior cats have special grooming needs. Just like people, cats have issues as they age, and their grooming is affected by it. They have physical changes, like arthritis and overgrown claws and are more prone to dental disease. Senior cats often clean themselves less often or even completely stop, which results in odor, hair matting, and other issues.

Your cat is ill.

If a cat has fallen ill or is in pain of any kind, it may be less interested in grooming itself. When a cat is ill, they have detectable changes in habits, such as increased sleeping, eating less, or a change in litter box use. If a cat has gum disease, you will be able to see tooth decay or smell bad breath. Gum disease makes grooming uncomfortable, which can result in grooming less or not at all. Your cat may also have a bone or joint disorder that causes them to ignore certain spots.

After you’ve kept an eye on your cat’s behavioral changes for a while, contact your vet with your results and see what you need to do next.

Your cat is overweight.

Do you know how much your cat weighs? When a cat is overweight, it can have trouble reaching certain parts of its body and may stop attempting to groom these areas anymore. If you need to get your cat weighed to help determine if this is the cause of their grooming issues, contact your vet to make an appointment.

In any case, a cat’s weight can be controlled by switching to a healthier food and controlling portions. This can help ease their grooming issues and get them back in shape.

Your cat may have never learned.

Some cats have grooming issues from the start of life. When separated with their mother too early, they may have not developed the skills to properly groom themselves throughout life. In this case, you’ll likely need to help with your cat’s grooming regularly, but they may catch on as you do so.

Summary: When cats stop grooming themselves, there are a few common reasons. It may be because you have a senior cat, or your cat might be ill. It also may be because your cat is overweight, or they may have never learned how to groom themselves properly as a kitten. In any case, it’s a great idea to take your cat to the vet for a medical analysis.

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How To Help Your Cat With Grooming

Bathing

Bathing is a great for your cat, if your cat is having grooming problems or if they’re not. You’ll be able to spot any fleas or ticks that might be present and get a closer look at the coat to detect any abnormalities.

Brushing

Daily or regular brushing of your cat’s hair can help eliminate matting, which can make your cat uncomfortable. It will help new hair growth and help bring back your cat’s natural skin oils. Your cat may really enjoy the feeling of being brushed

Trim Their Nails

When your cat’s nails are trimmed, they are free from pain and discomfort of overgrown nails, just like people. Since most house cats don’t run around on concrete daily, your cat won’t wear its own nails out, so owners can easily help with grooming in this area.

Ear Washing

To keep infections at bay, regularly wash your cat’s ears with ear cleaner, which helps clear out any buildup and sanitize inner ears. In addition, you’ll keep them free from ear mites, which can be a recurring problem in some cats.

Schedule A Vet Visit

When your cat is having trouble grooming on a regular basis, there may be an underlying issue at hand that needs to be dealt with by your vet. You can get a plan for getting your pet back to good health, and you can have peace of mind knowing that your cat is getting any major issue at hand taken care of.

Summary: There are many ways that you can help a cat that is having trouble grooming themselves, including bathing them, brushing their coat regularly, trimming their nails, washing their ears, and scheduling a vet visit.

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Experience Our Professional Cat Grooming Services

Lucky Dawg Pet Services offers both salon pet grooming and mobile pet grooming services for your cat, and we’d love to pamper him or her at your convenience. We’re a family owned and operated pet grooming salon that’s been in business for over 20 years. Our personal and friendly staff is ready to love on your cat and make them feel at home in our salon.

Not only will we expertly and efficiently groom your cat, we’ll also help you detect any problems that we see during the service, and the service will take only two hours or less.

Whether you’d like your cat to receive our bath service, our bath with tidy up service, our bath with a haircut and style service, or any of our additional services, your precious feline will feel refreshed and better than ever after our visit.

Summary: Lucky Dawg Pet Services is a family owned and operated provider of pet grooming services, both in our salon and through our mobile grooming service. We have a wide range of grooming options to fit your needs and budget, and we’d love to pamper your cat anytime.

Let Us Help Your Cat With Grooming Today

Our salon is open 7 days/week from 8 am to 5 pm to fit your busy schedule. To set up a mobile grooming appointment in the convenience of your home, call 310-784-0566, or to set up a salon grooming appointment, call 310-784-0775. You can also contact us through our website form anytime! We look forward to serving you and your cat.

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4 Essential Tips For Grooming Your Cat

4 Essential Tips For Grooming Your Cat

I don’t know about you, but swimming with sharks or cliff jumping sounds less dangerous than attempting to bathe and groom a cat. All of you cat lovers out there can understand what I’m talking about.

Besides, cats groom themselves right? Why even bother going through the trouble? Though they are relatively clean and low maintenance, even cats get the point where a sandpaper tongue just isn’t going to cut it.

When that time comes, you’ll need to be ready. With the right environment and procedures, cat grooming doesn’t have to be a horrible experience.

Keep reading while I highlight four essential cat grooming tips.

Trim The Claws

This is probably the most important tip depending on how well equipped you are at handling pain. If you don’t want to get badly scratched, trimming the claws is essential.

The cat will handle this better if its something that you have done consistently from an early age, however, if that is not the case, an older cat still will have the ability to grow accustomed to this process.

The idea is to be firm and calm. Grip the cat between your legs for stability and press down onto the pad of his or her paw. After the claws are exposed, use a special nail trimmer to quickly cut off the top part of the claw (the clear curved part).

The Correct Way To Brush

After the claws are sufficiently clipped, and you feel a little less endangered, it is time to brush the cat.

Our tip? Make sure that you brush your cat the same way you would pet it. Try to keep the motions and pressure the same and a firm hand. Be persistent and gentle, because a cats skin is very sensitive.

If your cat is getting too irritable, take a break. You want to ensure a positive experience to help with future grooming.

Stress-Free Bath Time

The moment we all have been dreading, the most stressful part of cat grooming (for both the cat AND you). Bath Time.

Bathing a cat is very important, especially for older or injured cats who aren’t as capable of cleaning themselves.

What do we suggest? Allow your cat to have as much control as possible.

1. Never immerse them completely in water. It’s better to pour warm water over the cat.

2. Place a mat or an old towel underneath them so they can have stability and grip.

3. Be gentle but firm, its probably a good idea to do this with another person who can hold onto the cat while you wash him or her.

Cleaning The Ears And Eyes

The biggest advice would be to use a cotton ball, never a swabbing stick. A stick might injure the eyes or ears if your cat jerks away while wiping excess wax or eye residue.

Again, restrain the cat firmly but remain calm and gentle. The cat will feed off of your energy.

Cat Grooming Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult

Owning a cat is a pretty low maintenance job. They are usually independent, tidy and can take care of themselves.

However, just like our human companions, it never hurts to have a little help. If you remember those simple tips, you can make your grooming experience simple and stress-free.

Still not sure you want to go through the process? Check out our cat grooming services at Lucky Dawg Salon. Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions regarding the ins and outs of cat grooming.

The Top 5 Cat Grooming Tools You Should Have In Your Home

The Top 5 Cat Grooming Tools You Should Have In Your Home

It’s no secret that cats love to groom themselves but this doesn’t mean you’re off cat grooming duties. With so many cat grooming tools and products out there, you might be wondering, “what do I need and how do I pick the right one?” Today we’ll tell you just that.

Top 5 Cat Grooming Tools Every Cat Owner Should Have

When grooming our cats, there’s a lot more to pay attention to than just hair. We also need to make sure their eyes and ears are clean and their nails are trimmed.

1. Hair Care

A good hairbrush for cats is one that can brush off hair that’s lying on top of the cat’s coat and underneath it. The FURminator is a crowd favorite because it has sturdy, metal teeth that are spaced just far enough to grab hair but not too far that it can still hold and bring out all of the cat’s hair. It also comes in various sizes and lengths for different types of cats. Brush your cat regularly for fewer hairballs.

2. Nail Care

Trimming a cat’s nails is not an easy task but it can be done as long as you have the right tools and follow the right directions. The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a cat nail trimmer is to make sure it has strong and sharp blades. Dull blades can crush or crack nails. Whichever one you choose, make sure it doesn’t scare your cat otherwise they will not sit still for it.

3. Teeth Care

Veterinarians recommend brushing your cat’s teeth daily to prevent plaque buildup, tartar, and gum inflammation. Pick out a toothbrush with strong bristles and a toothpaste they like. We recommend a finger toothbrush or a toothbrush with a shorter handle for better control and toothpaste that is seafood or poultry scented to entice them.

4. Eye and Ear Care

A cat’s eyes and ears can get infected if they are not cleaned regularly. If you live in a particularly humid environment or your cat goes out when it rains, their ears can get infected. To help clean them, we recommend using a good ear cleaner and wipes regularly to wipe away dirt, dander, and loose hair that can get trapped inside their eyes and ears.

5. Bathing Care

Yes, it’s true, most cats do not like taking baths but not all. If your cat doesn’t mind water, dilute a gentle soap made for cats in lukewarm water and rinse their hair slowly. If your cat is not the biggest fan, being patient and taking things slowly will help the process.

A Healthy Cat Is A Happy Cat

There you have it, these are the top 5 cat grooming tools every cat owner should have. We hope you’ll use them to keep them clean in between professional grooming appointments.

If you would like more professional tips on how to groom and clean your cat, be sure to check out our blog!

The Ultimate Guide on How to Bathe a Kitten

The Ultimate Guide on How to Bathe a Kitten

You have your new kitten and you are ready to give them a bath. Where do you start and how do you make it enjoyable for both of you? While giving them a bath can be a lot of work, giving them a bath is an excellent way to bond with your new fur baby.

It’s a way to tell them you care for them. After all, they’re depended on you to show them how to fend for themselves and upkeep their cleanliness.

We understand if you’re nervous about how to bathe a kitten. That’s why we’ll go over everything that’s needed and everything that needs to be done to keep you and your kitty calm through the process.

Ready to find out the steps?

Let’s get into it!

Items Needed

Before you grab your kitten and take them straight to the bathing area, there are a few items that are necessary. Here’s a brief list.

  • Soft towel (hand towels work best)
  • Kitten or baby shampoo
  • Kitten treats
  • Cup

Once you’ve gathered the supplies, it’s time to move your kitten into the bath. Sinks are the ideal place as your fur baby is too small to be bathed in a bathtub.

How to Bathe a Kitten

Before you begin the process, make sure you’re calm. Being nervous or anxious will make it unpleasant for both you and your kitten. Remember that cats can sense our emotions.

Let’s go through the necessary steps to ensure your kitty is calm and gets clean.

Test the Water

Just because you like to take hot showers doesn’t mean your kitten will like the hot water too. Lukewarm temperature is best as it’ll prevent scolding. Think of your kitten like a baby–their skin is very sensitive.

If you have a drain stopper, you can place that in the drain. Fill it up just enough to submerge your kitten’s paws.

They may cry at first but if they don’t seem to be struggling to get out of the water, you can proceed. The key is to make sure your kitten is calm when exposed to water.

If they’re having trouble, get them in a calm state and return to the bathing area when you think they’re ready.

Moving on, use the cup to gently pour water all over your kitten. Do it gently and avoid getting water in his/her face.

Add Bubbles

Now that your kitty is soaked, it’s time to add the shampoo. A gentle formula is usually best but you can substitute kitten shampoo for natural baby shampoo if need be.

Apply the soap and gently massage it into their fur. Avoid getting soap in your kitty’s eyes, ears, nose, and mouth.

Once they’re all sudsy, you can wash off the bubbles using the cup again.

Drying Time

After the bath, your kitten is cold. Wrap them up gently in the towel.

Be sure to dry off their face, ears, and eyes to ensure no water gets in there. Give them a treat to let them know how good they were and that a bath is nothing to be afraid of.

Once they’re dried off, you can brush their fur so it won’t get tangled.

Your Kitten is Now Squeaky Clean

Knowing how to bathe a kitten doesn’t come easy at first. After time, you and your furry friend will come to enjoy this time together. Being prepared with useful tips will make the process that much more enjoyable.

If you decide you would rather leave the bathing to our team of professional groomers, schedule and appointment for a salon grooming session or set up a mobile pet grooming session and we’ll come directly to you!