This aggressive reaction can stem from fear, a bad grooming experience in the past, dislike of being handled, fear of pain from a badly matted coat, through to phobias of the grooming process, or even fear of the groomer’s table, some which can resemble a vet’s table as does mine.On the one hand, the cat must not get the upper hand and control the situation, especially when it’s coat is matted and the job needs to get done.
There will always be the twitching, wriggling, howling and whining when our pets are out of their turf.
I have been a mobile cat groomer for three years now and can honestly say that 95% of semi/long haired cats either dislike but tolerate the grooming process, are indifferent to it and let the groomer do what is necessary, or are nice and relaxed, used to being combed and bathed and generally seem to outwardly enjoy their time on the grooming table.
Cat grooming typically involves nails being clipped, fur being combed through, maybe some matts shaved out, trimming around problem areas such as around the bottom, and occasionally a bath.
It will react aggressively again when meeting the groomer or when the owner approaches it with a comb in hand.
I am going to talk through some situations I have been through with various cats, the path I took during the groom, and the advice given to the owners.