Cat Calls

I love my dog grooming clients. And as many of you know, I am also a proud cat parent – we have 3 of the most wonderful, beautiful cats around. We spoil them with an all meat diet (with occassional cookies) and their health and coats are magnificent and virtually non-shedding. (I have detailed this diet in an earlier post called ‘The Magic of Raw Food’).

Given my great love for cats, it is making me quite happy that my services to cat clients, without any extra advertising, seem to be picking up. I can’t help like feeling like the cats who need me are somehow helping their owners to find me!

I mentioned this to my former grooming teacher, who is a very spiritual person, and she shared these thoughts: ‘I understand your being called upon by the feline spirits. There is a great demand for someone who not only grooms cats, but who is also very spiritual in
nature. Consider their callings to be an indication of your spiritual growth as
that is usually the time when the “feline society” steps in to help teach and
take you to the next level of soulful knowledge.’

I love this thought!

Lately, I’ve had more than a few calls from cats who needed backend matting clippered out (ouch!). I have a number of clients who need frequently scheduled deshedding grooms to limit allergies of their human friends. I had one call this month from a new cat owner, who just needed someone to come bring some calming energy into her home to help make a new shelter kitty feel welcomed. It felt really cool that I was able to noticably deliver that very energy needed. I have also started to get calls from some of the long haired lovelies who need regular TLC grooming just to maintain their glamourous coats.  Here are photos of one such beautiful Ragdoll that I helped today.

Scruffy, matted and anxious before groom

Scruffy, matted and anxious before groom


Calm and mat free after groom


Viva la difference! The fluff removed…

So basically, I am hoping that the cats keep calling this year, because I am loving grooming them too!

Here are my ‘pay it forward’ efforts, to move me toward that goal:
* I have volunteered with the Cat Connection – a local cat rescue group – to groom 8 cat for no fee.
* I fulfilled a pledge and donated 5% of last year’s BuddyBarber profits to Forgotten Felines – a web based cat rescue organization.
* I have pledged to donate 5% of next year’s profits to The Pat Brody Shelter for Cats .


About Respect The Paw

Izzy Tappan-deFrees is a compassionate animal groomer, a musician and songster, a teardrop camper lovin' traveler, a daughter, a wife & mom, a trail hiker, a campfire devotee, a wood carver, a student of spirit around the world, a good listener, a part-time poet and a former data analyst and programmer.
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