How To Sedate A Cat For Grooming Cuteness
Some cats do not mind being handled, whereas other cats do not enjoy grooming experiences. In these situations it may be necessary to use a mild reversible sedative on your cat both for the welfare and safety of your cat and our staff. Our veterinarian is always on hand to administer and monitor any sedatives which we would discuss with in advance.
Most cats do not need to be sedated for routine grooming. But cats rescued from dire situations may resist all efforts at grooming, nail trimming or bathing. They need sedation in order to have their coats worked on. A dirty, matted coat or a broken claw can bring the cat much discomfort. The cat will be more willing to be tamed if he is feeling healthy.
I do not sedate cats. In reality, very few cats truly do need any sort of sedative in order to be groomed. I handle each cat in such a way that the need for drugs of any kind never happens. If I think your cat would best be served by receiving medication, I will refer you to your veterinarian for a mild sedative that can be administered prior to the grooming appointment. We can handle most cats safely. We have a number of cats who tolerate grooming well, and the owners do not have to get sedatives. However, if cats are extremely difficult or aggressive, pet owners will need to get sedatives from the veterinarian, at a cost of about $1 per pill. But remember, the veterinarian may want to examine the cat before prescribing the tranquilizer.We offer medicated baths for pets with allergies, itchy skin, and skin infections. We also offer flea and tick baths.
Our grooming staff is available six days a week to provide regular and soothing baths to cats and dogs.
We can also provide baths and grooming with sedation. All sedation baths/grooms are closely monitored by the veterinary staff.
You can determine if your cat needs sedatives by considering whether it hisses, shows signs of aggression, or becomes scared, panicky, and difficult to control when you are handling, traveling, or going to the veterinarian with him. One cat sent his owner to the hospital when the cat bit him and punctured an artery in his arm.
Approximately 40,000 people are bitten by cats in the US annually. Talking gently or cuddling a pet during the grooming (whether by owner or groomer) will not help the situation for a difficult-to-handle animal once the clipping is in progress. The cat's body must be stretched to keep the skin taut and moved in different positions in order to clip safely without cuts or nicks. Besides seriously biting or clawing someone, an uncontrollable cat can escape from an owner's or groomer's hold and run anywhere in the building where they will be difficult to catch, especially if they are trying to bite.
Some pet owners refer to difficult- to- handle or aggressive animals with cute phrases. Others believe if they pretend to not know the animal’s behavior they are not responsible for injuries to groomers at any shop. Getting bit is not part of a groomer’s job.
You must pay cash on arrival for any grooming service. For any clipping and/or bathing service, we start by clipping the nails, and if the cat seems too difficult to handle we refund the money. However, if we are able to clip all the nails completely, $15 is deducted for the nail clipping service. This is what we charge for nail clipping as a sole service.
We deal with many fine customers and do not want the business of the few people who have a combative attitude. We assume that the cat is the customer's pet, so we will not get an unpredictable cat out of his cage if he is frightened or the customer is scared of him.
If a pet owner tells us the cat is gentle, we have to believe he is honest and knows the cat's behavior, and we will attempt to groom the cat. However, if the animal becomes difficult midway through the grooming, the owner will have to help control him. So if the owner thinks this will be the case, he should get sedatives ahead of time.Yes, using sedation appropriately for grooming a cat creates a much safer experience and allows us to do a more thorough job. Prior to using sedative drugs, an examination is done and age appropriate screening lab work is done to assure the safest drugs are selected for your cat. Most sedatives can be reversed, allowing your cat to wake up faster and return home.You can call your vet office and see if they'll prescribe you some kind of sedative for her, probably one you can mix in her food if she's too fussy to give pills. Or, call a professional groomer, there are many who specialize in cats. Good luck! She will probably feel a lot better after she's groomed - mats are extremely painful for cats as the hair pulls their skin. ouch!