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Talking Cat Shop with Groomer Priscilla Rodriguez

As our DFW clientele know, the Cat Connection is proud to offer professional grooming services that leave your cat looking and feeling great. But as nice as kitty may look after her grooming appointment, it’s important to remember that proper and regular coat care is also an essential part of your cat’s health. Cat Connection co-owner and groomer Priscilla Rodriguez sat down to answer the most frequent questions she receives about her profession, her life and the importance of keeping your cat’s coat clean, groomed and healthy!

How long have you been grooming, Priscilla?

I’ve been grooming for 14 years, with 13 of those years spent here at the Cat Connection.

Have you always groomed cats?

I groomed dogs for a year and then moved on to grooming cats exclusively. My inspiration started at home with my first two Himalayans. These were my first long-haired cats that required more work, but this allowed me to learn how much I love to groom felines! I am an overall animal lover, but I do have a passion for cats.

What cats to do you have at home?

Right now I only have one cat. His name is Seiji, and he is a 2-year-old, short hair Siamese that we adopted at the Cat Connection.

My first cat was a Siamese too and they are great! So talkative! There are so many grooming styles available for cats. Do you have a favorite?

I really don’t have a favorite cut, but the Lion Cut does become very popular in the summer in Texas, as our customers want their cats to feel cool despite having all that fur!

That’s a great point about long-haired cats in the Texas heat. Of course, grooming isn’t just about looking pretty. It’s also about the cat’s health and well-being.

You’re right. I always emphasize the importance of not neglecting your cat’s coat. So often we see cats with severely matted fur, but the owners may not realize how uncomfortable, or even painful that can be for the cat. For many breeds, regular grooming is the only way to ensure that your cat’s coat is in good condition and that their overall health is not suffering.

Is there anything else you’d like our customers to know?

Yes. Please, please, please never take a sharp cutting object, like scissors, to your cat’s matted fur! It’s very easy to nick the cat’s skin, which becomes thinner as cats age. You may not even realize your cat is bleeding if your cat has long hair, and this can be very dangerous! Always consult a professional if your cat is severely matted. Your cat will thank you.

Good point. I’ve seen cats at the emergency vet when accidentally nicked at home. It’s no joke. So what can our customers do to maintain their cat’s coat in between appointments?

Our fur babies are like family. We want to make sure they are kept looking and feeling good in between grooms. The best way to help to accomplish this is with lots of love, weekly combings and brushing their teeth!

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