Out with the old, in with the new, as the saying goes. The same goes for what’s hot and happening in cat grooming. Cat owners seem to be dissatisfied with the by-rote leaving sleeping cats lie. Instead, they’re looking ahead towards brighter futures- some involving brighter claws. Here’s the down-low on the latest of cat grooming culture:
Colorize your kitty’s next flight of fancy
The newest polish is pet-friendly, for cats and dogs, to liven up those dull claws. The colors themselves are pretty straight-forward, without the kooky pet names. Paint your Calico’s toes a deep Capri, or your Tabby in Tigerlily red. They’re animal-friendly and designed to ensure no harm comes to your soon-to-be-colorful kitty cat.
Grooming’s the next cat-boom
Cat grooming is seriously becoming a hot topic. The so-called ‘Creative Cat Grooming’ genre is a fast-growing industry of design on cat fur. Fittingly enough, Egyptian styles are all the rage right now. But as the industry and output grows, so does the creativity. A cat being eaten by a shark (done in pet-friendly chalks and trimmers) is just one of many. Some people like to have their initials or short mottos shorn into their Persian greys, while others think just shave with a bit of fluff is enough. Just remember: less is more, and cats tend to even the score.
Tattoos. Really, truly, honestly Slavic
It isn’t just the Russians that have hopped on the tattoo-your-hairless-cat trend, but Slavic countries in general. It’s as much a status symbol as, say, having an over-sized vehicle you’ll never actually need for off-roading, or an over-priced hairless cat you won’t need to brush. Some think it’s animal cruelty, some see it as an external expression. Me? I think of it as excessive, and I lean towards the former.
Piercing Puddy Tat, erm, no
Be as Goth or as blue-blood as you want, but don’t put your cat through the hell of piercing their ears. The most you should ever, ever do is (yes, I’m going to say this now) tattoo the ears. For identification codes, if they get lost. Otherwise, you can dress up your kitty-cat without actually creating permanent scars. Look at costumes, coming up next.
Dress up your pet, whichever way you like it
I realize that cats are not the most open and welcoming of creatures for doing what you want them to, much less wearing something silly. No cat likes to look silly. But there are ways of getting around it, and if you really want your pet to match your style, clothes/costumes are the way to do it. Check out a few creative cat owners that found a (painless) way: you can go posh: or sporty
Every day is a cat-prettied holiday
You can color your cat pretty to match you daily, get them gussied up for special occasions or even partake of the National Pet Dress-Up Day.