Occasionally a customer will call the store and lambast me for having a dog-centric website and marketing material.
I think it's pretty clear that we provide grooming services for cats, but obviously some cat owners don't agree. This is one reason why I really enjoy feedback from customers - I need that outside perspective in order to improve and grow.
So, for the record, Best In Show Grooming Salon does groom cats. In fact, we groom a lot of cats.
Our grooming services for cats fall into two basic categories - bath and brush service, and full service groom. Our bath and brush service for short hair cats costs $44. We will shampoo the cat, condition the coat, clean out the ears, and trim the nails. For a medium or long hair cat, the bath and brush service is $50 to $54. For this higher price, we can shave out the sanitary, rear and underbelly. For long hair cats, this helps the cat keep himself clean after using the litterbox, plus helps minimize tracking.
Our full service groom includes everything in the bath and brush service, plus a hair cut. For most cats (regardless of hair length), the full service groom costs $66. If the cat is unusually large, very aggressive and/or matted, the price may go up to $80.
Our hair cuts for cats are very limited. We either shave down the cat or give him a Lion Cut (there are several variations to the Lion Cut; see one example in the video above). Unlike dogs, cats won't stand still on the grooming table, nor will they follow commands. Cats have very flexible bodies, thin skin and a generally low regard for the grooming process. So, to minimize stress to the cat and groomer, we opt for very simple cuts - shave downs or Lion Cuts...nothing fancy or extraordinary.
You may never have thought of getting your cat groomed, or if you did, weren't sure how often to get it done. If you have a long hair cat, and have allergies, or dislike shedding, get your cat shaved frequently - probably every few months. For all other cats, I recommend having them professionally groomed (even if it's just a bath) at least twice a year. Even though nature has equipped cats with the instinct and tools to clean themselves, they can always use a hand now and then. Think of all the dead hair, dander, dirt, litter, dust, food, etc., that cats must lick off of themselves everyday. Give them a break, and let us do the dirty work.