Setting Wholesome Boundaries Throughout Lion-Lower Season


As spring turns to summer time and the temperatures start to rise, the telephone begins ringing with buyer issues for pelted kitties. And after a gradual begin to the yr, the rise in appointment requests is usually a optimistic signal for what you are promoting and private funds. 

It’s tempting to schedule each cat that you’re contacted about to groom. However whereas taking each appointment request may be helpful for what you are promoting and private funds, it will not be the best choice to your bodily or psychological well being.

Bodily Toll

Pelted cats are bodily demanding as a result of power and endurance the pelt removing course of requires. Continually ensuring the pores and skin is held tight—particularly whenever you can not see the pores and skin—and chipping away on the arduous mats at pores and skin stage can result in hand cramping. If the kitty is impatient or aggressive, extra of your bodily power and vitality is required to carry the cat. 

A pelt removing can lengthen the period of time spent performing the shaving portion of the lion minimize from 10 minutes to over an hour, and probably extra in some circumstances. I don’t advocate engaged on a cat for longer than 45 minutes to an hour at a time. Tough pelt removals are finest accomplished throughout a number of appointments. The bodily calls for in your physique from a pelt removing may be a lot higher than these from a daily tub and brush or lion minimize with no matting.

Emotional Toll

After you’re bodily worn down, the emotional side of a pelt removing comes into play. Understanding the cat you’re grooming had been uncared for for months, if not years, to get into the situation they’re in right now can deliver up a variety of feelings. After we know this isn’t the primary pelt removing for this kitty, our feelings escalate much more. If you see one or two pelted kitties, it’s straightforward to persuade ourselves we’re serving to the cats—we’re making the cat’s life significantly better for the subsequent few months. 

As summer time approaches and the temperatures start to rise, it isn’t unusual to go from one or two pelt removals a month to a number of requests for pelt removals a day. That is the purpose that cat grooming can grow to be very arduous on our emotional wellbeing. It is very important have methods in place to complete lion-cut season in a great place mentally. 

It is vitally straightforward to grow to be offended, pissed off and unhappy after you’ve gotten seen a number of pelt removals in a brief interval—particularly when you had eliminated a pelt from these cats beforehand. Lion-cut season is a time when it’s straightforward to burn out and lose your pleasure and keenness for feline grooming. Usually this results in being brief with shoppers who made an trustworthy mistake or did one thing out of ignorance, which isn’t honest to them or their kitty. 


Step one in setting wholesome boundaries throughout lion-cut season is asking the fitting questions earlier than organising an appointment. My favourite query is, “Are you able to get your fingers between the fur and the pores and skin on kitty’s again?” Immediately I’ll know if kitty is pelted and often how unhealthy the coat is by their response. 

As soon as we will predict that the appointment can be a pelt removing, we have to fastidiously select the place we are going to place this cat on the schedule. If you happen to had a gradual winter, you could be determined for each kitty you may get. I do know I used to be for a few years. The temptation is to place the cat on the schedule for right now, or stack as many cats as potential into in the future. Whereas each enterprise is completely different, that technique just isn’t sustainable for the long run. 

Scheduling pelt removals in a means that prevented burnout was an artwork that took me years to good. Through the “off season,” I schedule one pelt removing on my first day of the week. That means I’m effectively rested and in a position to spend on a regular basis and focus I would like to assist the kitty and household to my finest means. Throughout lion-cut season, my plan modifications to taking one pelt removing a day because the final cat. Earlier than I meet the cat and household, I schedule a pleasant lengthy break to refresh. 

Charging Your Price

The following step in caring for your self throughout lion-cut season is by charging what the service is value. A pelt removing takes way more time, talent, and bodily and emotional vitality than a lion minimize. Your pelt-removal charges ought to mirror the proportional improve in your time and talent wanted for this superior groom. You possibly can itemize your charges or cost by your time. Each methods may be very profitable. 

I cost by my time for cats that got here to their new proprietor already pelted. When the present proprietor had nothing to do with the cat’s present coat situation, I’m comfortable I can assist that household. For almost all of my pelt removals, I itemize the fees. I’ve my normal lion-cut charge that covers the period of time to shave a cat with no mats, then I add on my pelting charge. That is the padding I’ve for the common extra time it takes to take away a pelt. I even have a “skin-in-pelt” charge for these kitties which have their arm pit pores and skin twisted into the matting. A “fecal-removal” charge is often essential to compensate for the fecal matter being caked into the blades. Aged kitties are usually underweight, so I’ve an “aged” charge for the additional time it takes to take away a pelt on an underweight cat. 

All my charges are posted, and earlier than I begin the groom, I make sure that the household is aware of the price of the groom. If I’m not certain about pores and skin within the mats, I do embrace that cost in my quote. Households are at all times relieved when the whole is lower than the preliminary quote. It’s by no means good to extend the worth after you start grooming.

Buyer Training

Repeat pelt removals are arduous. In fact you need to assist the cat, however you need to defend your emotional wellbeing. My coverage is to offer the instruments and training wanted to stop pelt removals sooner or later. I do that by having a pelt-removal package deal that gives a sequence of grooms, plus training on how one can brush the cat. 

On the first appointment, I stress I’ll solely do one pelt removing on this cat. If I haven’t seen the cat after about two months, I ship out a “we miss you” e mail reminding the household I can’t preform one other pelt removing on their cat. Once they name a yr or two later, I could or might not groom their cat. If I do take their cat, the worth goes up and I make it very clear that that is the final time I’ll carry out a pelt removing on this cat. Then I stand agency and won’t do one other pelt removing. 

These are the cats which might be hardest on our emotional wellbeing. For our private well being, it is very important set agency boundaries, in any other case you can be preforming a pelt removing on these cats each few years. 

Lion-cut season is when many groomers make the cash to final them via the gradual durations of the yr. The excessive quantity of labor can take a toll on a groomer’s psychological and bodily well being. Screening calls to ascertain if the cat will want a pelt removing, limiting the variety of pelt removals you carry out in per week, charging for the time and talent the groom requires, and saying “no” to repeat pelt removals will assist you’ve gotten a worthwhile lion-cut season with out burning out. ✂️


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