A Persian cat was sent back from a pet grooming business in a sealed cardboard box with some holes punched into it to allow the air in. The video shows the moment when the owner opened the box and the little Persian cat pushed his head out. It’s a bizarre and distressing moment.
It’s quite a long story and the report that I have does not mention the fact that it appears that the owners sent off their Persian cat, whose name is Meelo, to the groomers for a lion cut. There are some ethical issues about that but I won’t go into them in this article.
The groomers picked up the cat as they provide this service. But the owners couldn’t find their cat carrier so they took him away anyway. Mr Rei Tsy, the owner, heard nothing during the grooming process.
Then Meelo came home in a sealed cardboard box later in the day. You can see in the video that Meelo’s head was wet. And in the photograph you can see he has a scratch on his back. There are other photographs one of which is of his right ear which was cut. I won’t show the photo here. Meelo’s paws were untrimmed and the owner says that Meelo was traumatised.
The reason for the return of Meelo in a cardboard box was because the owner was unable to provide a carrier when he was picked up. That’s the excuse that the groomers used.
In addition, the groomers said that Meelo was aggressive and they were unable to groom him properly. Rei Tsy response was that they are professional groomers and they should be able to deal with it.
After a considerable amount of argument, as you can see from the exchange of text messages, the groomers, who incidentally are called Cat Space, offered to cover the cost of the cat’s grooming at another groomer.
They appear to be embarrassed by the event because they’ve taken down their website and their Facebook page. No doubt they are avoiding criticism on the possibility that the story might have gone viral.
It’s another story about a pet grooming company making a mistake. That said, the owner wasn’t perfect either. I think that people should be very cautious when they send their cat to a pet grooming business. I’m sure that the vast majority are okay but, judging by the Internet stories, there are too many who are unsatisfactory. There is an argument that local authorities should impose regulations on grooming businesses to raise their standards.
I believe that the story comes from Singapore.