Monthly Archives: May 2013

Expanding your Business through Cat Grooming

In the latest issue of Grooming Business magazine, the cover story discusses the smaller business of cat grooming. While the industry of pet grooming is favored more towards dogs, industry observers believe that groomers are missing an opportunity to expand their businesses into cat grooming. There is still a need for cat groomers and very little competition for those already in the business. Danielle German, president and founder of the National Cat Groomers Institute of America Inc., points out that pet owners generally own more cats than dogs. When many groomers limit their business to dogs, the few that cater to cats are often overwhelmed with customers. German also states that cat grooming is perfect for mobile groomers because cats don’t always travel well.



Even though cat grooming has proven to be successful for those who choose to pursue it, there is the problem of pet owners not knowing the benefits of professional grooming for cats. There is the misconception that cats groom themselves and therefore do not need to be regularly groomed by owners or professionals. Groomers often have to deal with matted coats, dandruff and overgrown nails because of the unintentional neglect by owners. Educating pet owners of the importance of grooming is one of the best ways to expand your grooming business, should you choose to add cat owners to your customer list.



Certification for cat grooming may vary from state to state so be sure to educate yourself on any permits or licenses needed. Equipment for grooming cats is likely to be the same as for dogs, although smaller tools may be helpful. Pet owners who already groom their dogs regularly are likely to see the benefit of grooming their cats as well. For owners who only have cats, reaching out by networking through pet shops and veterinarians might be helpful. So if you are currently looking to expand your business, cat grooming might be the way to go.



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Grooming to Save Lives

It is a sad, but well known truth that animal shelters are overcrowded with dogs and cats looking for homes. Otherwise healthy animals often have to be euthanized in order to make room for more coming in. Fortunately, animal shelters are increasingly getting assistance from volunteers and grooming students whose work can often lead these animals to permanent homes.


Grooming students from Fayetteville Technical Community College in North Carolina get the opportunity to learn and help animals in need by working on adoptable dogs at the Cumberland County Animal Shelter. Dogs who have been bathed and groomed look healthier and have a better chance at finding a permanent home. Students have the added benefit of working on many different breeds of dogs.



At Haven Humane Society, three women volunteer simply out of the kindness of their hearts. A simple bath can make a huge difference to a shelter dog, as they are not usually given regular human contact. Grooming also keeps these animals healthy and comfortable because they are often brought in with matted hair, fleas and ticks, or sharp stickers from the outdoors. Perhaps one of the most difficult things about volunteering at a shelter is seeing animals who were subjected to abuse. The volunteers had worked on a small dog who had been shot with a pellet gun and despite this, the dog was calm and patient. It was assumed that he was used as a target because of the arrow painted on his head.

Despite the difficult nature of this job, these students and volunteers are happy to make a difference. A wonderful way to give back is to volunteer your services at a local shelter. Sometimes, a bath and a grooming is all an animal needs for a chance at a new life.



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Comfort in the Workplace

In recent times, some business offices have begun to change the layout of their work spaces to allow for standing desks after learning of the potential health risks of sitting at a desk all day. The option to stand in the workplace can possibly lead to various health benefits such as better posture and a healthier weight. However, professions that require standing all day are not without risks. Common problems include discomfort in the feet and back, which can often lead to overall fatigue.

One possible solution to these discomforts is the use of an anti-fatigue mat which provides an alternative to standing on a hard surface for several hours a day. Anti-fatigue mats can reduce back and leg pain while also increasing circulation in the lower body. The soft surface provides better support for the foot and reduces the pressure on various joints in the feet.

Since the grooming profession often requires long hours of standing, an anti-fatigue mat is an excellent choice for reducing stress on the body. ComfortGroom provides mats in two sizes: 3FT X 2FT ($124.95) or 2.5FT X 1.5FT ($79.95). Custom sizes and shapes are also available by inquiry.



Being comfortable in your work environment is essential not only for your productivity, but also for your overall health. If you suffer from aches and pains after a long day, consider investing in an anti-fatigue mat to reduce the stress on your body.

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