Being a life long cat lover, I began working professionally with animals in 2015 when I opened my pet care business in Milton Keynes. Having a passion for behaviour and noticing that there was a gap in the market for both cat sitters and groomers who fully ‘get’ the link between health, stress, and nutrition and how this ties in with the cats overall presentation both in terms of their behaviour and other health related conditions. I became interested in learning more about cat grooming specifically because there are so many cats that need help maintaining their coats (especially as they get older) and as many of these cats might also be be suffering with concurrent medical conditions such as arthritis, I was interested in learning more about grooming from a ‘feline only’ perspective and what steps are involved in the groom process so that I could assist owners with this aspect of their cat care, but without the need for unnecessary stress or pain.
In late 2021 I undertook intensive training at The London Cat Grooming School and recently qualified as a Master Cat Groomer; the certified course is run by renowned cat groomer and Russian vet Svetlana Brussova and covers all aspects of the feline only groom process. My passion is feline behaviour and I want to use this qualification to teach owners about both the groom process and how to recognise signs of stress in their cats. A cat grooming session will be about desensitizing the cat to the grooming tools and processes, whilst building up mutual trust and respect so that the grooms can be completed calmly and safely, and also to ensure that owners are able to keep on top of their cats coat in between maintenance grooms. We are a Fear-Free certified practice, which means I work towards specific standards with regards handling. You can read more about what Fear-Free means to me over on the blog.