While not as commonplace as dog grooming, cat grooming is a growing industry. Especially for long-haired cats, a good cat groomer can help keep feline fur looking sleek and free of knots. However, many cats are less likely to sit still and, thus, more difficult to groom than dogs. Professional cat groomers can groom cats better than most pet owners. In addition, they can spot potential health problems and offer suggestions for improving a cat’s overall health. Most cat groomers provide a range of services with different prices. Some cat groomers work out of their own facility, while others will come to the cat’s home. Some, such as Pawsitively Purrfect Mobile Pet Spa and Sitting of Pittsburgh, even have mobile cat grooming vehicles.
Length of hair
Not surprisingly, the longer a cat’s hair, the tougher the job of grooming and the higher the price. For example, Furry Angel’s Pet Spa of Alpharetta, Georgia, charges $15 for a bath and brush for short-haired cats, $20 for medium-haired cats and $25 for long-haired cats.
A nail trim is the most basic cat grooming service. It’ll cost you around $10–$15. For example, Daisy's Delights Barkery, Boutique & Bubble Bath in Norwood, Pennsylvania, offers walk-in nail trims starting at $10.
The cost of a haircut often depends on the length of the coat and whether the cat is willing to sit still. For example, haircuts from A Country Cat House Cat Hotel of Miami range between $45 and $95, depending on the condition of the coat and the temperament of the cat.
One area that cats can’t clean themselves very well is inside their ears. Luckily, pros can do it for them. Many groomers offer this service as part of a full grooming package, others do it a la carte. For example, Princeton Grooming and Spa in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, charges $30 for an ear cleaning and trim.
Lion cut or shave down
A popular style is the lion cut or shave down for long-haired cats. Glenolden Animal Hospital of Glenolden, Pennsylvania, charges $60 for this service.
Some groomers offer both a la carte and bundled services. For example, Tabbie’s Mobile Cat Grooming of New Braunfels, Texas, offers a nail trim for $15, a bath and nail trim for $45, a sanitary trim for $55, and a full haircut for $65 to $85, depending on matting. Nail trims and a bath are included with all services. Glenolden Animal Hospital offers a basic grooming package that includes a bath, blow dry, brush out, nail trim and ear cleaning for $40.
Some groomers offer discounts for certain clients. For example, Furry Tails Pet Grooming and School of Hillsborough, New Jersey, offers 15 percent off all full grooming services to firefighters, 10 percent off to senior citizens and 7 percent off if you pay cash.
Ask your groomer if you can get a discount for purchasing multiple services. Take advantage of a groomer who will come to your house to save on transportation costs (and to avoid the added stress of putting your cat in a carrier).