What is the difference between a lion clip and a comb clip?
Will I need your help?
A lion clip is a full-body short shave with the exception of the head and lower legs. You have the choice to leave the tail unshaved or as a pom-pom. A comb clip is a longer length shave over the whole body and is more suitable for winter.
Update: No. Nikki grooms cats without having customers inside the salon until Covid 19 resolved. If you choose to watch your cat being groomed, you can do so from a platform looking through a window.
Do you use sedation to groom cats?
No, I do not use sedation to groom cats and I am not going to.
Why We Do Not Recommend Sedatives
Because they do not work for the purposes of a 1 hour "hands on" grooming appointment which is very different from a typical vet visit.
Cat grooming involves an incredible amount of triggering starting with the cat carrier, leaving your house and going for a car ride.....followed by strangers, grooming tools, touching, water, smells, drying, sounds and so much more. Sedatives do not block the triggering of cats they just mask the bodies response to them. Slower & drunken like but still triggered and capable of aggression & temper tantrums. The side effects of sedatives can also be upsetting for many owners and linger with cats all day.
Do you groom aggressive cats?
For some cats I might need to use an air muzzle or towel if they exhibit an overly aggressive behaviour. Some cats can not be groomed by cat groomers.
Fear Free Solution: Gabapentin is a breakthrough in the treatment & blocking of the Fight or Flight response in cats. Gabapentin is safe and effective and NOT a sedative. Also used as behavioural health support for emotional cats. By prescription only from your vet. Recommended by FEAR FREE, a organization founded by Dr. Marty Becker. Ask your vet to supply you what you would need for a years worth of grooming. PLEASE Do Not administer on a full stomach of food or this will significantly reduce its effects. For best results treat with a 100mg capsule of Gabapentin.
WHEN TO ADMINISTER: Please administer 2 hours prior to the groom or vet visit. Do not administer with a full meal as this will significantly reduce it's effect.
50% of vets recommend a "slow walk" which is 2 full doses, one the night before and one 2 hours prior to the groom or vet visit.
Gabapentin as a fear free solution was introduced to me by Samantha Darcy, owner of The Main Lion Cat Grooming Salon, Paoli, PA, Philadelpia. Thank you Samantha!
How long will my cat's groom take?
My cat has never been groomed/bathed before. Is this a problem?
Do you groom elderly cats?
Will you trim my cat's nails and clean ears and eyes too?
My cat has mats but I do not want it to be shaved. Can you do it?
A lion cut without bath is 20-40 minutes and with bath is 40 to 60 minutes. Bath/spot shaving or bath/brush out will take 40-80 minutes depending on hair length. If your cat is matted or badly matted or hard to handle, the grooming will take me some extra time to finish.
Every cat is different but I am a professional groomer used to dealing cats and will look after them really well.
Old cats (over 10 years) can tire more easily so I will try to be as fast as possible. Grooming an elderly cat can be risky and is not always advised please call me to discuss your cat's needs.
For your cat and my own safety, trimming nails is the first thing I do for all cats. Yes, I do clean healthy cats ears and eyes. I am not a vet, so if your cat requires special eye or ear treatment, please discuss this with your vet.
I can offer spot shaving for sensitive areas (sanitary clip, neck, armpits, belly) and brushing out the rest. However, if the mats are too tight/cover a large area and/or your cat doesn’t take the brushing very well – it hurts! – doing a shave down could be the only option.
Can I request special shampoo?
How offen do you sanitese your tools?
How do I pay?
I can see your prices. Will I pay any extra fee when I pick up my fury friend from you?
Do you work by appointment only?
What if I have to cancel my appointment with you?
What if I am late?
I only use shampoo made for cats, I do not use shampoo for dogs. Yes, I can also give your furry kitty a hypoallergenic bath. I can also use your own shampoo (medicated or just your own preference).
All tools and equipment, including clipper blades, are decontaminated between cats to prevent the spread of diseases, bacteria and fungus.
Cash or bank transfer. Pay on card is 2% surcharge.
I will have to take a look at your cat to see how badly matted your cat is and will give you a price beforehand. If your cat is very hard to handle and I need extra time to groom, I will charge you extra fee.
Yes, I work by appointment. Please see my opening hours on my home page and give me a call for an appointment.
I will send you a friendly reminder sms a day before your appointment. If you have to cancel your appointment, please let me know at least 24 hours earlier.
If you are going to be more than 10-15 minutes late, please give me a call because I might have to give you another appointment. I am working with animals and the time scheduling is very important.