Carolyn's Mobile Cat Grooming

New Braunfels, TX

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I am rare in the San Antonio area because I am one of the very few groomers that exclusively grooms cats, and I am the only one (as far as I know) that comes to you. Also, call around, my prices are better than most brick and mortar groomers.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love cats! And I love making happy cats! I am not stuck behind a desk or grooming table. Because I work in my clients home, I get a chance to not only make new kitty friends, but people friends. I have the best clients in the world, and I am blessed to count many of my clients among my newest friends.

Location

New Braunfels, TX 78130

Times hired on Thumbtack

103

Reviews

42 Reviews
  • Thumbtack Customer Jun 9, 2017
    My cat was very comfortable, l liked the way she bonded with my cat during the time she spent grooming him. Good Job.
  • Elizabeth D. Jun 4, 2017
    Cat Grooming
    Verified Review
    Carolyn was wonderful with my two cats, especially my escape artist/drama queen female cat. She gave me great tips on both my cats during their nail trim and bath. Definitely recommend her to anyone looking to get their cats groomed.
  • Makenna B. Apr 27, 2017
    Cat Grooming
    Verified Review
    Love LOVE her service!
    Carolyn was AMAZING with my less than willing to be groomed cat. She was very gentle and calm and you can tell she truly loves cats! I will continue to use her services for sure and absolutely recommend her to anyone with a kitty!
  • Mark G. Apr 5, 2017
    Cat Grooming
    Verified Review
    Experience and the proper tools make all the difference!
    Carolyn did a great job, my tuxedo cat made it out like a lion with the full monty she provided! Carolyn's experience with cats and her toolset made painless work of a heavily matted cat who can now move freely about the house without the tenseness of mats pulling at his skin. And the house gets a reprieve from his long fur! It's a win-win situation, Carolyn gets paid and your dat reaps the real reward of comfortable care in his own home.
  • Will C. Mar 20, 2017
    Cat Grooming
    Verified Review
    cat groomers
    Couldn't be happier with their service. Carolyn will be our go to groomers from now on.. thanks..
  • Anna L. Mar 10, 2017
    Cat Grooming
    Verified Review
    The Best Groomer my Cat has ever had!!!!!!
    She was awesome. It was the first time she groomed my Shadow cat and she took her time so he would warm up a little bit to her. She was able to get more fur off his legs than any groomer he has had. The best part was that she comes to your house. She even was able to give him a wet bath with very little fuss from him. He growled and deep meowed only a couple times while she bathed him. Carolyn is an awesome cat groomer - you won't be disappointed. Her prices may be more than you are used to but you have to keep in mind that you are getting the convenience of a groomer that comes to your house, brings her own treats for your cats, and if you only groom your cat every 2-3 months then the price is A-OK in my opinion. Two thumbs up for Carolyn the cat groomer!!
  • Edna G. Feb 3, 2017
    Dog Grooming
    Verified Review
    Dependable professional
    Two cats needed a full Monty and bath on a reoccurring basis. Quick reliable hard worker.
  • Kimberly K. Dec 31, 2016
    Cat Grooming
    Verified Review
    Carolyn's Mobile Cat Grooming is great!
    Carolyn was excellent with our 2 cats. She gave them their first baths and trimmed their hair and nails with minimal kitty complaints. We are Carolyn's newest regular customers.
  • William W. Nov 12, 2016
    Cat Grooming
    Verified Review
    The Cat came first! However I also was treated almost as well!! Smile!
    Received an education as well as the cat grooming. This was the very first time my cat did not need to be sedated. Wonderful!
  • Toni M. Oct 28, 2016
    Cat Grooming
    Verified Review
    Carolyn is awesome!
    Carolyn was patient and so gentle with my cats. She groomed my Eli beautifully. He is a bit high-strung and she was able to work on him with no problems. She and her assistant are lovely people. I will definitely call them back to groom my cats.
  • Bridget G. Sep 18, 2016
    Cat Grooming
    Verified Review
    Great
    Great job!
  • Megan S. Jun 23, 2016
    Cat Grooming
    Verified Review
    Super nice and handled the kitters well!
  • Amanda H. Apr 14, 2016
    Cat Grooming
    Verified Review
    She and her assistant came to the house and both were very friendly and professional. When Zahn struggled both were very calm and allowed me to help with her. My baby girl is not always a fan of being held, groomed or strangers but she made it through without too much fuss. Now she's a happy little girl and with all the running she's been doing now has lost weight. :) I can't thank Carolyn's service enough for what it's done for my baby girl. Zahn is a happy grey baby!!
  • Sarah G. Apr 1, 2016
    Cat Grooming
    Verified Review
    Cat looks great, she only struggled a little at first but Caroline kept her under control with little to no problem. I plan to look into using her service again in the future.
  • Victor V. Mar 4, 2016
    Pet Grooming
    Verified Review
    Carolyn is amazing. She is awesome with my cat and really knows her stuff.
  • Michelle J. Nov 27, 2015
    Cat Grooming
    Verified Review
  • Kathy D. Sep 9, 2015
    Carolyn's telephone number was given to me by a Vet's office, who did not groom cats. Carolyn and her husband came out this past Monday. I have two 13yr old cats, neither of which had ever been professionally groomed. Sammy had matted hair, was extremely sensitive to being touched or petted. I had doubts anyone could groom him without sedation. Carolyn was extremely confident in handling him and his brother cat, Milo. She was firm, but gentle. She clipped nails, trimmed hair, bathed them and cuddled them, all in 55min. She knows the temperament of cats and explained what to expect in the behavior of the cats in following days(they don't recognize each other). I will use her services again and I highly recommend her. I just wish I had known about her years ago; I can pet my cat again!
  • Rachel K. Jul 23, 2015
    Dog Grooming
    Verified Review
    Carolyn & her husband came to my place to shave my Persian cat. They were wonderful! They handled my cat with gentle experienced hands. I was impressed with how knowledgeable they were about cats. Ever since he got his winter coat off, my cats been playing like a kitten & snuggling with his humans at night. I would recommend Carolyn to anyone with a cat!
  • Martha S. May 17, 2015
    Pet Care
    Verified Review
    Two of Carolyn's employees came to my home the day after I called for an appointment. I remained in the room to reassure myself and ask questions. They treated my elderly, badly-matted cat with knowledge, skill and warmth, and even cleaned the bathroom floor after she had an accident. Although the job took nearly two hours, they were patient and kept praising her. My only uncertainty was about tipping; I chose to add one to the fee. I plan to continue using this service and highly recommend it.
  • Crystal S. May 15, 2015
    Pet Care
    Verified Review
  • Linda D. Mar 25, 2015
    Pet Care
    Verified Review
    I have 2 Persian cats, I take 1 to the vet to get shaved every 4-5 months. I thought I would try having someone come to the home to do, less stressful on them. Carolyn was so understanding, patient, and I was here during the process. She did a fabulous job on both my cats and I got more educated on grooming, information I never knew or was ever told. She is very experienced, highly recommend, and she loves her job! Thanks Carolyn
  • Melissa R. Dec 27, 2014
    Pet Care
    Verified Review
    The experience was awesome and fast !!!loved it!!!
  • Kelly S. Dec 12, 2014
    Pet Care
    Verified Review
    The services provided were what I always expect and seldom receive. Carolyn is highly skilled and she possesses an expansive knowledgeable with regards to animal behavior, veterinary medicine, and business savvy. Our cat "Tessa though I call her Telsla" was treated with the greatest of care and rebounded in an amazing manner, within minutes after her care she was at the food bowel. The stress of crating, boarding, to and from was all removed. Later in the day she was frisky and spry, better than she has been for weeks. The attention to detail for the pet was above and beyond, one could see that Carolyn knew animals, was decisive, concise, and bonded with Tesla in an amazingly short period of time. Carolyn was also very directed and did not try to upscale services that would not be required. Overall this service rated an 11 on a scale of 1-10 and I tend to grade harshly. Wonderful and much needed service, incredible knowledge base, and punctuality was on the dot.
  • Susan F. May 31, 2014
    Carolyn, I'm so glad we found you... Suri was a mess, she looks and feels much better now! See you again soon! I will reccomend you to all!
  • Jeanne T. Apr 29, 2014
    Pet Grooming
    Verified Review
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  • Samantha C. Apr 28, 2014
    Pet Grooming
    Verified Review
    I can't say enough nice things about Carolyn. She is the best cat groomer ever! She took her time and was gentle with my 19 year old Himalayan, making sure not to over stress her. And it was so much nicer to have someone come to my home instead of having my elderly cat sit in a cage all day in a strange place.
  • Sandy L. Apr 14, 2014
    Pet Grooming
    Verified Review
    Carolyn was in and out in 20 minutes. That was shaving and bathing a big cat. She was wonderful and sweet and amazing with our cat.
  • Amanda B. Jan 24, 2014
    I'm so glad I found Carolyn, she is an AMAZING groomer! I was really impressed that she drove all the way to my place in San Antonio to groom my two cats, which is by no means an easy undertaking! She was very patient and kind with my pets, which I highly appreciate. Even though the cats were a little nervous and a little naughty, she quickly won them over with treats and affection. Her services truly come at an amazing value. Thanks, Carolyn. You're the best!! :-)
  • Amber R. Jan 10, 2014
    Pet Grooming
    Verified Review
    Carolyn was awesome my poor Jasper kitty had gotten mats up his lower back that where awful! Carolyn was really good with him even though he didn't much care for having his hair cut, he felt and looked so much better afterward! I really liked that she was patient and didn't get rough at all with him (he's an older rescue kitty and he has a few insecurities still).
  • Danna C. Dec 19, 2013
    Pet Grooming
    Verified Review
    She did very well w my huge kitty Gabriel. He want happy but I was. Lol will post pics if I can figure out how:)
  • Philip B. Aug 30, 2013
    Pet Grooming
    Verified Review
    Carolyn's service exceeded all expectations. Very gentle with my cat, and it seemed be be a very low-stress experience for my Persian. I look forward to the next cut!
  • Brian And Kathy P. Aug 12, 2013
    Carolyn is a cat whisperer! She did an amazing job on our Maine Coon, Juliette. Juliette has "stranger danger" issues and Carolyn was able to trim her claws (she hates to have her feet touched) without any problems, shave her (she was badly matted) without a peep out of her, and bathe her (she did object to the bath). I would highly recommend her to anyone!
    Carolyn's Cat G. Aug 13, 2013

    Im so very flattered! Thank you for your high regards. Ill extend a $10 discount to you for your next groom. Please remind me when you schedule. Again, Thank you! Carolyn

  • Holly H. Aug 9, 2013
    Harley got a cut and a bath. Carolyn is so sweet with him. She's prompt with her schedule and is a delight to have in our home. We love Carolyn.
  • Nannie T. Jul 11, 2013
    She bathed both of my cats - one long hair and one short hair. Trimmed their claws, petted and cuddled them. Have been using her for over a year. She is swift and caring. She is GOOD and can't think of a thing to improve her service.
  • Jerry Z. Apr 16, 2013
    Pet Grooming
    Verified Review
    Carolyn did a great job with our cat. This was the first time we had our cat groomed and we worried about stressing our cat out. But he loved her and took to the whole process. In about 45 minutes we had a new cat.
  • Cassie W. Sep 10, 2012
    Pet Grooming
    Verified Review
    Awesome, she was great with my very uncooperative cat. Carolyn has a real talent for handling cats. Jewel's new "lion cut" looks so cute and she seemed extra "pouncy" this evening. This is soooooo much better than subjecting my cat to the whole "taking her to the groomer's" experience. No cage, car, dogs, noise, long waits. I'm planning on recommending Carolyn's service.
  • Emily B. Aug 25, 2012
    Pet Grooming
    Verified Review
    Carolyn was great with our 20-month-old cat who was getting her first cut. I was worried that Seneca was going to be a lot of trouble, since she's fairly skittish with strangers and good at wiggling her way away from people. She nearly made her escape a few times, but Carolyn was great with her and it went more smoothly than I expected--no sedatives required. Carolyn paid attention to how Seneca was reacting to the clippers and slowed down to make her more comfortable. It's clear from the whole process of meeting the cats and grooming them that Carolyn cares about and understands them. In the end, she made sure that we were getting the lion cut exactly how we wanted it, clipped Seneca's nails and foot hairs, cleaned her ears, and washed her down, all with great service and for a surprisingly good price. Seneca is currently napping on a sunny windowsill where she already appears to be recovering from the indignity of having her backside shaved.
  • Hannah J. Jun 4, 2012
    Carolyn and her mobile service has been a life-saver! Our cat Lucy would stress badly as we drove 45 minutes to a dog/cat groomer prior to this. It was a facility full of dogs and washer/dryer/groomers... she was always on edge and looked scared. I saw a carolyn's posting on craigs list that offered mobile service for the same price and she mentioned the stress relief it provides for our cats, so I tried her out and I have never thought about using anything else since then. She really cares about your cat and your home and she gives health advice if she notices (eh,ehm) fleas, or again (eh,ehm) their overweight issue. So she really always make me a better cat owner and makes my cat happy. I have used Carolyn exclusively for a minimum of 3 years now and i am very thankful she is around and provides the amazing service she does. Not to mention her background and her secret touch that cat's just seem to love and respond to.
  • Deb H. May 29, 2012
    Pet Grooming
    Verified Review
    Carolyn was awesome with my 1 year old, 13 year old and 15 year old kitties. My 13 year old is a Persian so she needed a full grooming. Carolyn did a fantastic job! Ebony looks like a little kitty princess! I highly recommend Carolyn for your kitty's grooming needs.
  • Nathan D. May 8, 2012
    My wife, Rita, missed this section during her review and was unable to edit it. We just wanted to say how professional and outstanding Carolyn was when grooming our Persian kittie, Jackson. Her lion cut looked amazing then and even 4 weeks later still looks great. We are excited for our other persian's hair to grow back so Carolyn can work her magic on him too. Thank you Carolyn for your patience in grooming our kittie and answering all our questions.
  • Rita D. May 6, 2012
  • Patti F. Apr 19, 2012
    I am the Aunt who showed Carolyn how to groom. The other day, I was fortunate enough to accompany her on a couple of grooms. I am amazed at her expertise with the cats, as you have read, they are not my forte. This young woman does an amazing job , and leaves the area cleaner than she finds it..the cats are not stressed out by being crammed in a crate and driven to a salon. Yes, I am very very good at grooming dogs, but I am very happy that Carolyn is so good at grooming cats , and I am confident sending my clients with cats to her. ps..for dog grooms...830=708-2112..Patti Fowler

Q&A

Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My pricing is based on how far I have to drive, the particular service you need, the personality of your cat, and how long I need to stay to get the job done. Sometimes, I even have to come back another day to finish the groom, if kitty is too stressed out. I can give a basic quote over the phone, but I will be able to give an exact quote once I get my hands on kitty. Many times, owners don't realize how badly matted kitty is, or they aren't sure of kitty's needs. I am not trying to make a million bucks, only happy cats and happy parents. I have many discounts available, senior citizens, multi-cats, and kitten. Just talk to me, and we will work out the best price for both of us.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
It kinda fell in my lap. I quit my job as a vet tech in Fort Worth, to move to San Antonio so I could care for my grandmother. My aunt, Patti Fowler is the best dog groomer in New Braunfels (voted 6 years running!). She needed a dog bather, and thought I needed some time away from Grandma, and we both wanted to spend a bit more time together, so I started working for her, part time. I noticed that she never groomed cats, and asked her why. "Cats are crazy! They bite, scratch, and you cant make them stay still." I started watching my Mom and learning how to bathe and trim cats nails since I was very young, 6 or 7, years old. I disagreed with Patti. I have a way with cats, so I asked her if I could give it a try. She taught me how to use the clippers, I got book about cat grooming, and started grooming cats in her salon. One day, a client pair of mine became homebound, and they could no longer bring Schlockett to the salon. He was a very mean cat who had to be sedated just for a bath. Since they lived on my way home, I offered to swing by and groom Schlockett there. He was a different cat! No longer mean, and I realized that it was all because he didn't like to leave his home. From that moment on, I changed my business to be exclusively in-home grooming.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Most common grooming service is what I call "The Full Monty". It includes: Lion cut, nail trim, feet trim, bath, gentle ear cleaning and a basic health check.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
With the exception of show cats (who have been trained since kitten-hood), when considering getting your cat groomed, understand that they don't like a change to their routine. Its better for them if you can find a groomer who will come into your home. They hate being in the cat carrier, they hate being in the car (except for my mom's cats, but that is another story), and they hate the noise, smells, and general treatment they get at a regular groomer (They aren't dogs!). These things combined stresses them out to the max and makes them very difficult and dangerous to work with. In some cases, they stress out to the point that they can get sick. Save them and yourself, and only consider having them groomed in your home.