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If you are one of those cat-keepers that believes that the furry pets are self-groomers, then you could not be more wrong. Cats lick themselves, yes, but it does not mean that they groom themselves by doing so. Cats need regular cleaning; otherwise you'll be left with a dirty, smelly, and unhygienic pet.
Why Licking is not Grooming
When a cat licks itself, it spreads its saliva all over
its body, which needs to be cleaned. It also takes into its mouth a lot of hair
along with the bacteria and germs on its body.
The hair it ingests is thrown out in the form of vomit,
which again finds a way to your cat’s skin when it steps or rolls on it.
Feels yucky, right? Which is why you need to keep your cat
clean by giving it regular baths.
Another reason to groom your fluffy pet is to keep its
claws in control. Cats like to sharpen their claws as they provide them greater
grip. Sharpened claws present a risk of injury for the pet and the owners, as
well. Nails, therefore, need to be kept trimmed.
The natural choice for pet owners is hiring a professional
cat groomer. Several grooming service providers are willing to do the work for
you. But, is hiring a professional service the right choice for you?
Here, we list some pros and cons of hiring a professional
cat groomer to help you make an informed decision:
A professional cat groomer provides all essential grooming
services under one roof. A typical service offers basic nail care, hair
brushing and trimming, bathing, ear care, and sometimes even dental care. With
professional taking care of your pet, you can avoid the stress and mess
associated with the task.
With options such as mobile pet grooming, the task is even
more convenient now. Mobile groomers visit either your home or other convenient
location, as specified by you, to groom your pet. You will not even have to
part with your pet for grooming service.
Safe for Pets
It can be extremely difficult to groom your cat,
especially if you are a new pet owner. Even if you are an experienced pet
owner, a grooming session can be tiresome and demanding because cats are not
willing pets. Handling a fussy, irritated, or worse, a frightened cat can be
stressful for yourself and the pet too. Grooming under stress can even cause
Professional groomers are trained to soothe and calm down
an irate cat. They create the right environment for the cat and then groom it.
Cat groomers offer a premium service. Expect them to be
expensive. If they are offering comprehensive grooming care, then the price can
be even higher. Know the price before you hire the service.
Professional Service is not Easy
Finding a registered and experienced groomer requires
extensive research. Your pet can be in inexperienced, or worse bad, hands,
increasing the risk of physical or mental injury to the cat.
Weigh these pros and cons of hiring a professional grooming service to
know what suits you the best.