Book Mews: Claws, Confessions of a Professional Cat Groomer

Hello everyone,

There are so many  TV programmes throwing light on what it’s like to do various jobs and professions; doctors, lawyers train drivers, vets  and journalists included. These programmes have even been shown to influence teenagers’s career choices. Now there hasn’t been a programme about cat grooming yet (to my knowledge) but there is now a book by London based Professional Cat Groomer and Cat Behaviourist, Anita Kelsey;

Anita Kelsey is the only cat specific behaviourist in London, with a work based degree in feline behaviour and psychology, as well as ample experience with cat behaviour and grooming. Throughout her years of visiting people’s homes, she has amassed a wealth of adorable and ridiculous stories about her feline clients, and their owners

Now, cat grooming is a whole new world to me even though we have our own three kitties (thankfully we are able to take care of their low maintenance grooming needs) so I was especially interested to know what professional grooming involves.

Each of the book’s 20 short chapters is a self contained story based on Anita’s experience while grooming a particular cat such as Tilly Too Toos (below left), Little Wolf  (below right) and Little Miss Sleepy Head (this sounds like a certain black, three pawed cat we know). These humorous chapter names gave me the feeling I was going to like this book.

What hit me first about the book is Anita’s honesty in sharing her experiences – warts and all. From being hospitalised by a cat not happy to be bathed, dealing with rude clients to struggling to get the neat finish she’d like to give her feline clients. It’s this honesty that allows you to laugh at the situations she finds herself in. And laugh I did (much to the annoyance of my fellow passengers) as I squeezed in a chapter on my short journey to work. Each laugh was breathed with a twinge of guilt at the situations Anita had to face in her newly chosen career though. Although my other half is German I still find Schadenfreude an uneasy concept. What also permeates the stories is Anita’s enthusiasm to get the job done but not at all costs, sometimes admitting defeat rather than cause more stress for the cats she’s grooming by using less holistic methods.

Anita Kelsey is one of a small group of holistic low-stress cat groomers in the UK, taking cat grooming to the next level. The only cat groomer in the UK who also holds a degree in cat behaviour,

So, if you want to know what it’s really like to be a professional cat groomer, visiting client’s in their homes and at the same time enjoy the refreshing honesty of the author’s anecdotes then get yourself a copy of Claws, Confessions of a Professional Cat Groomer.

Oh, did I tell you about the Mog Tips? No? Well, not only does the author share her funny stories with us, the book contains numerous snippets of really useful advice and tips on how to groom a cat in different situations. Now, be really thankful that you won’t have to go through what Anita did to get this knowledge 🙂

If you would like to get the book yourself it is available from:

Amazon UK by clicking on Claws, Confessions of a Professional Cat Groomer.
Amazon US by clicking on  Claws, Confessions of a Professional Cat Groomer.
Amazon DE by clicking on  Claws, Confessions of a Professional Cat Groomer.

More about the author:

Anita Kelsey holds a first class honours degree in Feline Behaviour and Psychology (work based BA Hons) and runs a vet referral service dedicated strictly to the diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in cats. She is also a qualified cat groomer and specialises in grooming aggressive or phobic cats. Anita writes for Your Cat Magazine and is on their experts panel answering readers questions on cat grooming. She also advises on feline behaviour for the CFBA (Canine and Feline Behaviour) magazine as well as being a full member. Anita, a strong advocate of a vegan lifestyle, is based in Notting Hill, London but consults all over the UK as well as international requests. She lives with her husband, a music producer, and two Norwegian Forest cats, Kiki and Zaza.

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Thanks,

Iain

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Event & Tickets Giveaway: National Pet Show, Birmingham NEC 4th – 5th November 2017

Hello everyone,

With less than 3 weeks to go, we thought it would be good to remind people that there is still time to get tickets for the UK’s national pet show being held in Birmingham.

We’ll be driving up in our little red car, packed full of cat toys, treats and our latest range of felt cat caves for the visitors to spoil their cats.  As we’ll be there for the whole weekend, we’ll be leaving our trio of kitties in the capable hands of our regular cat sitter Cory from Cat in a flat.

Over the two days we’ll get a chance to meet some of our partners and friends that are also here but there hope to meet some new friends! So if you are going to come along, do let us know 🙂

Be sure to read to the end of this article for a chance to win free tickets for yourself and a friend.

The National Pet Show Birmingham 2017:

With hundreds of different animals, fun and educational talks, training demonstrations, fantastic shopping and amazing animal action displays, the National Pet Show (4 & 5 November 2017, NEC Birmingham) is the ultimate day out for pet lovers, owners and families.

The National Pet Show will play host to a range of celebrities and pet experts, including the Supervet himself Noel Fitzpatrick and one of TVs best loved wildlife presenters, Michaela Strachan.

Visit the National Pet Show for your chance to talk to the experts, get free pet care advice and shop for all the latest pet products and quirky animal themed gifts you can’t find on the high street.

Feline fans will have the chance to meet a whole variety of breeds such as Sphynx, Siberian and Australian Mist in the Hill’s Cat Zone, where a host of experts will share advice on choice of breed, care and training. At previous shows, talks have covered buying a kitten responsibly and cat grooming.

Our friends at London Cats will also be hosting a fabulous TICA cat show for the first at the National Pet Show so you can see how professional judges from around the world rate their feline competitors. It’s a show within a show!!

LondonCats is a pawesome pet only communications and events company that also hosts their own cat expositions associated with The International Cat Association (TICA) at various locations across the UK such as this time at the National Pet Show. Their events are brilliant and we very much enjoy attending them!

We ourselves are going to be near the LondonCats area with our Katzenworld stall. We will have some very special lucky bags put together by Oliver & Nubia which will contain a selection of fantastic cat toys and snacks for your feline friends. 🙂

If you are there to find top quality cat and dog food we’d also recommend checking out the Almo Nature stall at the pet show as they do food that’s been specifically designed to cater for our carnivore friends.

Now if that wasn’t enough you keep you satisfied, how would like to see your own puss on the cat walk? Cat owners with competitive kitties can enter their felines into TopCats. Set up by the GCCF, this competition will see visitors cats judged on Condition, Temperament, Presentation and Personality to win rosettes for Best of Colour, Best in Show Pedigree Pet, Best in Show Non-Pedigree Pet and Best Household Pet.

Of course it’s not all about cats!! There’ll be plenty to see and do with a chance to meet small furries, including hamsters and rabbits, reptiles and of course lots of dogs.

And did I already that we’ll be there at the show on both days?? 🙂 So, if you make it there, be sure to drop by our stall and say hello. We always enjoy meeting our readers in person 🙂

Now, if you’ve read this far, you’ll be rewarded with a chance to win free entry to the show for one day (tickets can be used once for Saturday or Sunday entry). We have 10 physical pairs of tickets to give away – as we have to put them in post we have to limit this to addresses within the UK to arrive in time. But don’t worry if you live outside the UK and want to attend then we have 3 pairs of digital ticket vouchers to be used on the National Pet Show website.

For you chance to get your paws on tickets (real or digital will be decided by your location) please complete the actions in the Giveaway Tools box below.

And of course don’t leave the show empty handed, hit the aisles and shop ‘til you drop with stylish accessories, tasty treats and the latest gadgets on offer for your cherished pet. And just the right time to be thinking about Christmas presents.

Don’t forget to come past our stall – we’ll be happy to see you and show you our latest range of premium cat toys just out of the box from our friends 4Cats in Germany. Here’s wee Rennie trying out the Wrestlers.

For more information visit the National Pet Show website – www.thenationalpetshow.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/nationalpetshow
Twitter – www.twitter.com/nationalpetshow / @nationalpetshow 

Thanks,

Iain

Cats Protection Cat of the Year 2016

Puss who raised the alarm as fire engulfed family home scoops Cats Protection’s National Cat of the Year 2016 award

A plucky puss who saved the day by waking her family as a fire engulfed their home was crowned overall winner in Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards 2016, sponsored by PURINA®.

Five-year-old Tink leapt on to a bed to raise the alarm as a blaze took hold while owners Claire and Russell Hopkinson and sons Jake, 19, and Scott, 22, slept in their home in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

At an awards ceremony at The Savoy in London back in August last year, the brave tortoiseshell moggy was crowned overall winner after first scooping the Hero Cat award.

Claire, who was at the awards ceremony to accept Tink’s award, said: “Tink has always been a much loved pet but not a day goes past when I’m not grateful for her actions on that day. If it wasn’t for her the outcome could have been horrific.”

The family had been sleeping at their home in the early hours one morning in February when an electrical fault in a neighbouring property sparked the fire.

“I was fast asleep when I felt this thud on my legs and realised it was Tink. She doesn’t sleep on our bed and it was unlike her to be on it. As soon as I opened my eyes all I could see was white smoke.

“My two sons sleep with their doors shut and when I opened Scott’s door, this thick black smoke bellowed out. The smoke had passed through the vent straight into his room and he was fast asleep. Because his door was shut the smoke hadn’t yet reached the fire alarm – without Tink waking me Scott would have been in huge danger.

“We quickly got out of the house but, in the commotion, Tink took fright and hid behind a cupboard. When the firefighters arrived they asked if anyone was in the house and we explained our cat was.

“A firefighter went in and found her but, when he brought her out, she was unconscious and limp. We were heartbroken and thought we’d lost her. But the firefighters had a special oxygen mask for animals and Scott sat in the fire engine holding it on her for an hour until she came round.

“I can’t explain how relieved and happy we were she pulled through. Tink is a truly special cat, we love her to bits. She’s our hero and an essential part of our family and we’re so proud of her for what she did.”

Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards is the UK’s largest celebration of real-life stories of companionship, bravery and survival in the cat world.

Tink was first chosen as the winner of the Hero Cat category by celebrity judge, actress Anita Dobson, before being chosen as overall winner by a panel of former celebrity judges.

Other celebrities at the ceremony – hosted by BBC announcer and “voice of the balls” Alan Dedicoat – were presenter Tim Vincent, musician Rick Wakeman and writer and broadcaster Andrew Collins.

Anita said: “Tink’s story stood out because it really tugged on my heartstrings, particularly the part where she passed out and had to be resuscitated by firefighters. She is a true hero!”

Tink beat four other finalists to take the top prize – Houdini who helps an autistic schoolboy cope with anxiety, Jessie who gave her owners a reason to carry on after the death of their teenage daughter, Spike who helps his owner cope when a rare illness which left her paralysed and Smokie who helped a teenage boy come to terms with the death of his stepfather.

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There was also a Special Recognition Award for a rescue cat from Dundee who helped her owner overcome serious mental health issues.1

As well as the honour of being crowned National Cat of the Year, Tink and her owners received a prize of a trophy, a pet store voucher, a year’s subscription to Cats Protection’s The Cat magazine and a three-month supply of PURINA® pet food.

Kate Bunting, the awards organiser at Cats Protection, said Tink’s story was inspiring. “She is truly remarkable and just goes to show how important cats are to family life. Her quick thinking alerted the whole family to a potential disaster,” she said.

“It was particularly poignant to hear how devastated the family were when they thought Tink had succumbed to smoke inhalation. It just goes to show how important cats are to family life and we are so pleased that she managed to pull through.”

Tink follows in the paw prints of a long line of feline heroes honoured by Cats Protection. Previous winners have included Jessi-Cat, who was celebrated for helping a seven-year-old boy cope with Selective Mutism, a condition which affects his ability to speak and Nelson, a one-eyed former stray from County Durham, who survived nearly drowning and 15 years living rough.

PURINA® UK&I Finance Director, Paul Vernon said: “We are delighted to celebrate our long-standing support of Cats Protection by sponsoring the National Cat Awards. This is the fifth time PURINA® has sponsored the event and we are delighted to continue our partnership and support the wonderful work the organisation does.

“PURINA® is a proud supporter of pet adoption. Our current campaign to change the perceptions of rescue cats aims to encourage people to rethink rescues when they are considering owning a cat. We believe that people and pets are better together and that, when they bond, life becomes richer. The awards are a great platform for cat owners across the UK to share inspirational stories of how that special bond with their pets has improved their lives.”