Cats Adored  Cat Grooming and More

PHOTO OF JIM GROOMING A TUXEDO SHOW KITTY,  Princess Lucy BelleJames D Richardson Phone 716-386-3492 5214 Thumb Road Dewittville New York 14728

Why Groom Cats?

What's Included in a Professional Grooming?

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Your friend will look and feel better and will love this attention to her health and well-being

• Calm, loving, unhurried environment

• “video catnip” videos help make for a more pleasant experience
• soothing relaxation music, no loud sounds at any time

• no dog scents anywhere on the premises that might alarm or stress your kitty cats only

• I cut no corners on cost of materials used on your friend.


Call to discuss your kitty's needs



Why Groom Cats?


It used to be thought that cats groomed themselves so well, and so didn't need any human assistance, unlike dogs.


Times have changed. Knowledge has changed. Products have changed.


Practices have changed.



Plump kitties usually need extra help with their own grooming “reach.”


Aging kitties typically need help with self-grooming.


Cats know when they aren't completely clean, and appreciate it when you help them. You can see it in their obvious demeanor, after they've been bathed and groomed. Many are overtly appreciative with face licks and most purr contentedly.


But better health and avoidance of problems before they become worse is today the main reason we groom cats who are valuable to us.


— Dustmop and dust rag? It's true; her coat and paws are picking up some of what a dustmop or dustcloth picks up from your floor.


Licking and swallowing each day’s dust and debris, chemicals, dirt, and loose hair is not the best practice for optimal health of any cat.


With regular brushing and grooming, most hairballs can be avoided.


Indoor cats need grooming assistance the most.


Long-haired cats typically need combing-brushing every other day, at home. It takes less than a minute, and can prevent mats — this is a must. Selecting the right comb and brush is important, and each cat's coat is somewhat different. You cannot judge by hair length only.


Short-haired cats are typically groomed professionally 4 times a year. Long-haired cats about every 6 weeks. Cats that are shown and those photographed commercially are bathed every few weeks at minimum.


— Help relieve dander allergies.


— Help reduce shedding in your house.



The Cornell Book of Cats, 2nd Edition, says

"Educate yourself about cat breeds and cat care.

Cats require medical care, personal relating, sound nutrition, hygienic surroundings, an occasional bath, grooming, and a clean toilet area." (page 11).

Howard Bedor, America’s foremost feline groomer says truly “The difference between bathing and not bathing can make the difference between a long life, and a healthy long life.”

“The problem I see is that most people do not know how to bathe cats, and rather than admit it, they’ll say it’s not necessary to bathe a cat. Well, they are wrong, in my opinion.”



Here's 16-year old Big Boy, after his bath and groom

"Sitting on top of the world"

Big Boy after his bath Sitting on top of the world


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A Professional Grooming Typically Includes


— Soothing “fingers of warm water” Massage Shampoo Bath cleanses deeply and invigorates. It gently removes odors, deep dirt and debris, dust, dead skin particles, soiling, and dander from the skin and all hair layers. And it feels good. Thorough brushing and combing before the bath and after the blow-dry removes dead hair and improves appearance.


This special bath enhances health, skin, & coat.


NOTE: Cats are not inherently afraid of water per se. Cats instinctively swim. Outdoor cats spend time in drizzle, but don't like to be squirted by their human friends. Yet cats are afraid of water: they are very afraid of drowning. And streaming water in a deep tub terrifies many cats.


After about three sessions, most kitties like to be bathed. They realize how safe and how warm and pleasant it feels.


Once they are fully clean and dry, they know it and show it in their demeanor, the same as dogs and humans do after a session with a hair stylist or groomer. Shelter groomers see repeatedly how even a dirty kitten who has never been bathed before will hold her tail upright and strut, after being bathed clean.


MATS removed, depending on their number, depth, severity, and the individual kitty’s age and temperament. Mat removal is a tricky operation. Do not try it at home with scissors. This is not a "fear sales-pitch" to sell grooming services. Ask your vet about what you read here. Cats' stomach and armpit skin is only 0.04 inch thick and is often pulled up into a mat, hidden. Cat skin is not attached to the underlying body like yours or mine or a dog's. Many cats have to be rushed to the vet for staples or sutures because of mat clipping with scissors at home; it's commonplace.


However, if you can get a narrow toothed comb totally under a mat, totally between the skin and the mat, it is probably okay to carefully snip it with scissors in small pieces at a time, on the topside of the comb, nearest you. In such cases you can be nearly sure that there is no skin hidden inside the mat. Even so, a mistake can be disastrous.

Hair mats near the skin become painful and eventually dangerous. Why? Moisture entrapment, later infection, and even maggots. There’s no need for this to happen. Regular brushing and combing are the preventive and can be done at home quickly.


Manicure and Pedicure. Claw trimming benefits everyone. Untrimmed claws snag on clothing and furniture. Claws can eventually grow curled into the toe pads, causing pain and injury. Front claws should be trimmed about every 2 weeks.


You can learn to trim claws yourself with the proper claw clippers, and in many difficult cases, a grooming bag, and e-collar. Many doubt this, but I assure you, it's true if you want to learn how.


— I give you instruction in how to comb, brush, and trim claws between professional groomings.


— While grooming, feeling the body for surface sores, lumps, growths, checking for fleas and ticks, sore teeth or gums, sensitive spots, unusual odors, and anything else noticed that you should bring to your veterinarian's prompt attention for diagnosis and treatment.


Sanitary trim under the tail, especially if hair causes fecal matter to adhere.


Ears cleaned on inside of ear flap.


Hair trimmed to your instructions on ears, foot pads, or elsewhere.


I use a selection of cat shampoos and conditioners for particular coats and conditions. I cut no corners on cost of materials used on your friend. I prefer Pure Pet and Davis Products brands of degreasers and their other shampoos, conditioners, and materials.


Your veterinarian’s prescription medicated shampoo can be used instead."


— "Thank You" container of our premium homegrown Chautauqua catnip flower tops. Banned in 14 states and demanded in the rest!


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Nutrition Coat and Health

Please see your veterinarian for regular checkups and vaccinations.

Your friend is depending upon you.

— Groomers and veterinarians can often recognize a poor diet from a coat's appearance. So...


— Buy the best food you can afford. Leave the others on the shelf. Cheap cat food is slop, nutritionally. Cats often like it and obviously can survive on it, just as children like and do survive on junk food or garbage from the public dump in poor countries. We all know that you seldom get what you don’t pay for. Yet...

— Good cat food really is economical. There really are fewer "doodles" to scoop out of your litter box. Cats have special needs. Cats are obligate carnivores; dogs are omnivores. Cat nutrition is a science today. Talk to your veterinarian.

— Good nutrition, veterinarian visits, and regular grooming are elements in avoiding a poor coat and unnecessary health problems.



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Your Local Shelter


The dogs and cats are homeless
through no fault of their own.

They aren’t able to speak up for
themselves — you and I are the only ones who can.

VISIT — at least stop by. Get to
know your shelter better.

DONATE — supplies or some money or why not...

VOLUNTEER a few hours? Donate a little bit of your time. You’ll feel good inside, knowing you’re making a real difference, helping the animals move into real homes.

Volunteers young and old help with many different tasks. Just ask what you can do to help. You’ll be glad you did. Time spent there is never wasted.

ADOPT your next dog or cat.

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If you live in Chautauqua County, New York, stop by and visit your Chautauqua County Humane Society shelter on Strunk Road and meet the staff, volunteers, and the dogs and cats. Time spent there is never wasted.


Visit online, click here


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Please Spread the Word to Spay and Neuter Pets

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Just open your Mouth. Talk to People.


It's the single most important thing you can do to lessen cat and dog suffering.

Pregnancy to birth is only 66 days on average.


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Millions, yes millions, of healthy cats and dogs are killed in the USA each year because there aren't enough homes for them.


If your cat or dog has a litter, when you sell or adopt them out, each one will take the place of those homeless cats and dogs who are already living and who need homes today, resulting in the deaths of some of those living ones, including strays' death by starvation, freezing, or predation.


Don't be a link in this avoidable chain of suffering. Spay and neuter today.


Use your conscience and do what's right. Talk to people you know who have unneutered pets. Educate them.


Tell people you know to use their conscience and education and do what's right. Reduce unnecessary cat and dog suffering.


Ask them to do their part to lessen needless deliberate deaths. To make the world a better place tomorrow. Many communities offer a low-cost or free spay & neuter program. Call your local shelter.



The best time to spay and neuter is last year.


The next best time to do it is "I'll make an appointment right now."


The worst time is "I'll get around to it."

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James D. Richardson
"Hairdresser to the Stars -- Stars of the Catwalk"


-Volunteer of the Year Award 2006
Cat Groomer and Socializer currently
Chautauqua County Humane Society

-Supporting member since 1999
Cornell Feline Health Center


Please come back soon.


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5214 Thumb Road, Dewittville, NY 14728

(716) 386-3492

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