Normally, I don't enjoy cat grooming. I'm a DOG trainer. Guess what? Cats don't really take to training. Or water, for that matter. Generally speaking, they'd like to have me leave them alone. I can reason with a dog most of the time, not so much with cats.
I am lucky enough to work in a Vet clinic. So, the fractious cats that no other groomer can safely do, come knocking on our door. We have a handy little thing called anesthesia. I actually groom these cats in the vet clinic area, with a Doctor and Veterinary Technician monitoring them for the whole groom.
I value my hands, they are pretty darn useful in my line of work. If a cat bites me, they might not work as well as they usually do. At the very least, a bite will send me to the doctor for the heavy duty antibiotics, which will definately put a wrench in my day. A cat bite can actually put you in the hospital with a really bad infection, if you don't take care of it. I'll take a dog bite any day. So...some cats must go to nighty night land for their grooms. For their own comfort, and my well-being. Now, of course, just like dogs, many cats are neglected. People expect their cats to take care of themselves. That does work most of the time. Sometimes cats just have too much coat to take care of themselves, like Persians or Himalayans. Other cats are actually too obese or elderly to care for their own coats.
Clipping off a very matted cat's coat is time-consuming, and dangerous. A cat's skin tears much easier than a dogs, so they need to hold very still for the process. Most cats didn't sign up for that. They tell me in no uncertain terms, with claws and teeth, that it's just not happening. I can respect that.
We do groom some cats that don't require sedation. Some, just need minor restraint, and others like the cutie in the picture, don't appear to mind at all.
Ok, maybe she does mind..at least this part!