Professional cat groomers can be dangerous for a cat. They can be lethal. I clearly remember an article by Darlene. Such a tender, sad and tragic story. Quite unforgettable for me. She loved her cat, Hugs. He had long hair and although she kept Hugs groomed decided to have him groomed professionally. She went shopping after delivering him to the groomers and when she got home the groomers rang up and spoke to her mom. Darlene knew something was wrong and she prayed for her cat. Her mom held her tight and told her Hugs had died at the groomers. It was a shattering event.
“I threw myself onto my mom’s bed and busted out crying. My mom hugged me tight. All I could say was my baby’s gone and I kept on repeating this…”
That still makes me tearful. This is the article: Hugs the cat I loved dearly died at a cat groomers.
At the time, I didn’t have the time to follow up on the story. What can happen at a cat groomers that could kill a cat? It is enough to put you off for life.
I actually had my Missie groomed at a vet’s clinic on one occasion. She came back traumatized and I vowed to never do it again.
There is one comment by Kathy that supports the original article, which provides good advice. This is her comment in full:
“I am a groomer who is not a groomer right now. I first started out grooming dogs when I was 20. I am now 56. I worked at Petco about 5 years ago and that was the last grooming job I had.
However I worked at a petshop/grooming store for 13 years. I did not groom there but assisted a lot when they needed it. We had one cat die on the table. Luckily one of the groomer knew animal CPR and the cat was revived thank God.
Cats can tend to get very stressed out in a strange place with strange people. Some groomers also practice unorthodox practices when handling cats. It can be very stressful for the groomer as well as the cat. In the future I would suggest only taking your cat to a cat only groomer.
You didn’t mention why you took your cat to the groomer or what you were having done to her. It seems if you brushed her every day there should have been no reason to take her to a groomer. If dogs are in the shop that too tends to upset a cat very much.
Barking and being in a small cage also is stressful. The dryer being put on a cat after a bath also is dangerous. I wish you knew what happened to your cat. There is the possibility that she was strangled on the table by a noose being put on her to keep her on the table. She could have been fried by the dryer. Freaked out in the bath and had a heart attack. I hope you do find out what happened to her. We have a cat only groomer in my area. She is specially gentle with the cats and tries not to stress them out. She is experienced in cat behavior.
The groomer should have been able to have some explanation of what happened to your cat. Most reliable grooming shops never leave any animal unattended. I’m sorry for your loss. I know you are heartbroken as I would be if anything happened to any of my babies.”
The comment highlights some important points. I am not sure anyone at anytime should need to take a cat to a professional groomers. Sometimes there is a medical reason as was the case with Hugs.
When there is a medical reason might it not be better to let your vet do the grooming? I have doubts about using professional groomers unless you know the person and have real confidence in their ability to ensure first class procedures at all times with health being paramount. However, I am sure there are many excellent groomers, you just have to know who they are.
You wouldn’t consider a grooming parlour to be a place where your cat could be inadvertently killed, would you?