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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Daisy Mae And The Bendi Brush By Crystal Stewart

Daisy Mae And The Bendi Brush By Crystal Stewart

I follow Katzenworld the one place on the internet that’s all about cats. One Morning I was reading a post from here and I noticed an interesting giveaway. It was for the BendiBrush. I liked what I read about this product plus I thought that would be great if I won this for my cat Daisy Mae. I entered the giveaway and much to my surprise, I actually won.

When I used the Bendi Brush for the first time on Daisy Mae, she sniffed it and then layed down beside it. She eventually let me brush her with the Bendi Brush. This Brush is great.

The Benefits Of The Bendi Brush?

1. Use the Bendi Brush flash to remove shedding.

2. Bend the Bendi Brush to detangle.

Daisy Mae likes the Bendi Brush flat the best. She likes it because it makes her look even more beautiful and it’s like getting a massage. I like it because it removes shedding and makes her happy. Dog lovers, I haven’t forgotten about you. In fact, the Bendi Brush is not just for cats but for dogs too. You love your dog but hate the shedding? Then the Bendi Brush is for you.

What does Daisy Mae and I think of the Bendi Brush? It’s Great.

I have included links for the Bendi Brush in the UK and US. See below.

US: AniPure Pets or QVC

UK: Cider House Pet Supplies

I even have pictures of Daisy Mae getting brushed and Daisy Mae with the Bendi Brush.

Daisy Mae Laying By The Bendi Brush.

Daisy Mae Getting Brushed With The Bendi Brush.

Daisy Mae Being Impatient Right After I Gave Her A Brushing With The Bendi Brush.

Daisy Mae Showing Off After A Brushing With The Bendi Brush.

See how her fur is smooth and she looks like she’s basking in the glow?

She is just loving her brushing with the Bendi Brush.

Daisy Mae And I Really Like The Bendi Brush.

We regularly write about all things relating to cats on our Blog Katzenworld!

My partner and I are owned by three cheeky cats that get up to all kind of mischief that of course you’ll also be able to find out more about on our Blog

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Nubia: Why can’t my brothers let me eat first.

Hi everyone,

It’s me Nubia here today and after a long ordeal of having to deal with my brothers I finally got to try out some of this new cat food from Celtic Connections.

Oh you are wondering why I am so annoyed at my brothers? Well… this is what happened!

Renegade: Oli! Nubia! LOOK there is a gigantic bag of cat food!

Renegade: But why is this bowl empty…

Renegade: Oliiiiiiiveeeer I need your help! How do I make the humans fill up this bowl?!?

Oliver: For starters it would probably help if you didn’t disturb them while opening the bag. 😮

Renegade: But LOOK the bag is open now… I wonder…

Renegade: If I stick my head in here maybe I can get us some out of the bag quickly. 😀

Oliver: I don’t think you are going to be able to get all the way down to the food in there… Also I am waiting over here for food!!!

Oliver: At last! We’ve got food in our bowl. 😀

Renegade: Me me me me me! Let me have some!

Oliver: Excuse me…. wait your turn young one!

Renegade: But I am staaaarving. :'(

Nubia: Right! My turn before Renegade…

Renegade: WHAT! But I was next in line!

Nubia: *hiss* You run off to play with a toy! That’s equal to forfeiting your place in the queue. 😮

Nubia: Right now that I’ve had enough you may have some… brothers *sigh*

Renegade: Is it really my turn now??? No one else is going to come and disturb me…?

Renegade: *Munch munch* to give some more details on this completely grain free cat food please see it’s benefits below:

  • Complete & Balanced dry cat food recipes
  • Grain/Gluten-free – No wheat, barley, spelt, rye or kamut
  • Hypoallergenic and Highly Digestible
  • No Maize, Soy, Dairy, Beef, GM or Fillers
  • BHT/BHA-free Recipes
  • No Artificial Colours, Flavours or Preservatives
  • Therapeutic levels of Nutritive Botanical Herbs
  • With added Glucosamine, Chondroitin & MSM
  • Formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the FEDIAF and AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for ALL LIFE STAGES
Nubia: And surprisingly even picky Oliver ate this so it must be good. 😉
Renegade: Indeed! And we love the fact that they produce good quality, holistic food for us without any of the nasties that can be found in some of the main stream brands out there!

Signed by,

His Meowjesty King Oliver the Maker of Mischief
Her Meowjesty Queen Nubia the Disturber of Peace
Prince Renegade the Maker of Chaos


We regularly write about all things relating to cats on our Blog Katzenworld!

My partner and I are owned by three cheeky cats that get up to all kind of mischief that of course you’ll also be able to find out more about on our Blog

If you are interested in joining us by becoming a regular contributor / guest author do drop me a message.