September 2016
Dear Friends,

I heard recently that, “You are what you tolerate.” I had to think about it for a couple of days, how it has impacted my life personally and in business. But it is true. It’s a life lesson so valuable, I posted the saying on my refrigerator so I can see it every day.

Many of us didn’t grow up feeling valued, and it carries over into every aspect of our life. I am constantly willing to learn, to grow and show up better than yesterday. I am always willing to be accountable for my actions. I’m not perfect, nor will I ever be. I think situations are put in our path as a challenge, as a lesson. Taking a step back and getting perspective gives you a new way to look at things. I always think the best of people, but the lesson I am learning is what does that mean really? You can’t put others ahead of you or there is no you.

I love my life, am optimistic about the future, and glad I have the humility to take a look at myself and steer myself back on the path when I am wrong. Recently what I thought was a horrible situation, has turned out to be the best thing that has happened to me in a long time. So really, nothing is lost in the end. We have to have faith that the best outcome will happen, even when we can’t see the future. 

Fondest aloha,

Yes, Virginia, Dental Care is Vital

I recently had the experience of catching very bad teeth on two of my clients (cats of course). I always think, “If you could see what I see.”  Good dental care is so vital for the overall health and well-being of your cat. You can’t ignore it, or sweep it under the rug. It will only get worse. As a vet tech when I was younger, a dog died of heart failure, yet none of the lab tests showed heart disease. I was in  charge of the necropsy room and the crematorium. Later that night, myself and 2 of the veterinarians I worked with went in and we examined the dog further. It was from an abscessed tooth!!

I have never forgotten that. It left an impact on me. The teeth and gums are all part of the blood stream. That bacteria travels to the major organs of the body, so it greatly impacts your cat’s health, not to mention the pain your cat may be experiencing. I will not diagnose, but I know enough to know when there is a problem. And, being the passionate person I am about cats, I will keep after you.

So be prepared. 

Big Changes in Little City Kitty
After trying with employees for several years, I have decided to go alone again. I’m going back to my roots like it was in the beginning. I feel more personal care and attention is being given to each cat. And I am loving the peace and quiet in the salon. I will not be having any employees again.

So this is good and bad news. The good news is, I will be doing your cats all the way through the grooming process. The bad news is, it will be harder to get in. Please pre-book your appointments or call ahead as I can only do so many cats a day by myself. I am trying to give adequate time for each cat and for me to take a breath in between. I am enjoying my work again for the first time in years. 

Missed Appointment Fee
There will now be a $75 fee for less than 24 hours notice of cancellation of your appointment. As a small business owner, I can not afford to absorb the financial loss. It is hundreds of dollars out of my pocket every month. And I have a wait list every day for people who want to get in. Not being able to find your cat is not acceptable. The only exceptions will be true emergencies. I will be very strict with this policy. This must be paid before you book your next appointment. If this is not acceptable to you, you are always welcome to find another groomer. This policy will take effect immediately. Thank you for your understanding.
How Often Should My Cat Get Groomed?
I am asked this a lot. It depends on how clean you want your cat and your house. Typically a short or medium haired cat is every 8 weeks. A long haired cat produces a new undercoat every 6 weeks, so they should be groomed that often. Long Haired cats are high maintenance. Just like a lot of the dog breeds, which by the way get groomed every 4-6 weeks, your long haired cat needs to be bathed and the dead hair removed.

When you bring a cat to me that has not been combed through for months, not only is it hard on the cat and my wrist, I am removing more hair than should come out, as all the dead hair is also pulling out new hair. If you want your cat’s coat to be in optimum condition, come in regularly. I will also charge more for extra hand stripping.  Cats that are good-natured have their limits. Don’t make their experience a painful one. Schedule regular grooming appointments for your cat.
My Cats are Hissing
So why is it that when I bring home my cats that have been groomed the other cats hiss, or they hiss at each other? Jealousy perhaps? No. Cats have very poor eyesight by nature, yet their sense of smell is 40 times that of a human being. They don’t recognize each other. Even if I don’t use any conditioning, finishing sprays, they smell different. The same holds true of a cat who has been to the vet clinic. Separate them for awhile, use Flower Essences or Phermones to calm them down. You might try some interactive play as well. It shouldn’t last long. Don’t panic. They will work it out.
The Big Sale
I am selling all carriers for 30% off  while supplies last. They range from small to large, $50-$60 each. This is a great time to get a “new ride” for your kitty. Airline approved, detachable wheels, over the shoulder strap, and folds flat for easy storage.