Sunday, November 9, 2014

Pelted Kitties are in Pain! How you can help.

Saving Pelted Kitties!

Kitty’s Purrfect Spa a In-Home Mobile cat groomer in Santa Clarita keeps talking about pelts, pelting and the like! What is all this talk about??? The short answer is a pelt is the extreme form of matting. A pelted kitty is when the fur has completely grown together and you cannot physically get your fingers to the skin. Pelted kitties are a medical emergency! A pelt can kill any kitty! At the worst a pelt can literally bind the kitty’s legs to the body and block off the openings to defecate. If the kitty does not starve from lack of mobility, it will literally rot from the inside from a backup of waste.

How does a pelt form? It starts slowly then quickly grows out of control. At one point the regular oils, grease and debris stop allowing the dead hair from leaving the coat. (Stop here, a professional grooming by a trained cat groomer could prevent all your problems!

This dead fur begins to get trapped in the fur that is still in the growth cycle. (Stop here, you have mats!) Kitty begins to feel pain at this point in the process. The more time that moves on the more mats form. They usually start at the base of the tail and hips. As time moves on, the mats get tighter and closer to the skin. The longer the human waits to have Kitty’s pelt removed, the tighter, more painful and more dangerous the mats become.

Once the mats reach skin level and cover over 25% of kitty’s body, you have four options. First, take care of it yourself, which I am sure you have already tried. Take it to a groomer who is not highly trained and certified in feline exclusive grooming and risk a higher possibility of an accident. Have a certified feline master groomer, come to you and work in your home (Kitty’s most stress-free environment). Or take kitty to the vet to go under anesthesia for a shave down.

Many times I have heard, we did not know. Kitty’s Purrfect Spa does not judge! We believe strongly in education. We have solutions to prevent this situation from ever happening again! Yes it is expensive to have a pelt removed. Why? Because it takes a groomers full concentration and a high skill and education level. The groomer needs to be in tune with your kitty and able to anticipate your kitty’s next move before kitty makes it.

The process is highly demanding mentally, physically and emotionally on the groomer. Kitty’s Purrfect Spa has an excellent safety record. We strive every day to maintain this record at all costs! Kitty’s well being is our number one goal at Kitty’s Purrfect Spa. Therefore we have developed a program for the pelted kitty! We will remove the pelt, return for three additional baths, and spread the payments out over six months while providing you a discounted rate.

Kitty’s Purrfect Spa wants all kitties to be healthy, happy and well taken care of! Please call us immediately if you suspect your Kitty is mated or pelted. We’re here to help.

Published April 8, 2014

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