Cat Grooming Injury Awareness

A kitten or cat may have a bath service at a professional grooming establishment, including bath, brushing, shampoo, blow dry, and nail trim. A cat may also be groomed which includes the items in a regular bath service as well as scissoring or clipping and dematting.

The majority of injuries and deaths during pet grooming have been reported in dogs. Personal stories of individuals whose dogs have been severely injured or died in the hands of a groomer can be found on the Internet. The following are grooming incidents that may occur in dogs:

  1. Dogs who are sleepy after grooming which may indicate that the dog may have been drugged or left in the dryer too long.
  2. Other dogs may act aggressively or may be in pain which may reflect that the groomer treated the dog roughly, may have nicked the dog with scissors or clippers, or may have hit the dog.
  3. Signs of injuries may include a dog who limps, shrieks when lifted, or may have sustained an eye injury.

Due to the similar nature between dog and cat grooming, the numerous injuries reported during dog grooming may also occur when cats are groomed. Groomers are not always honest about what occurs during the grooming session. If you suspect that something is wrong with your cat after grooming, take your cat to your veterinarian. Your groomer should pay all medical bills. The following are some additional points about cat grooming injuries:

  1. It is important to recognize your cat’s normal behavior after grooming and to be alert if there are any abnormalities.
  2. Many cats live indoors with their owners. They may experience more anxiety in the stressful grooming environment compared to dogs and may attempt to escape.

If you suspect that something is wrong with your cat after grooming, take your cat to your veterinarian. Your groomer should pay all medical bills.


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