Originally Posted by novemberflowers
My long-haired cats keep getting mats around their butts. I work on these mats with a dematting comb, but they really hate me messing with their butt fur and we never can get through a whole mat. I am considering taking them to a groomer so we can just start over with no mats and use daily combing so the mats dont develop in the first place (I was new to owning long haired cats so I didnt know that the butt mats were developing until it was too late) and I am also considering a sanitary cut. Was wondering about what is normal at the groomers. Like do they typically use sedatives with cats? (can I refuse to let them use sedatives?) Do the cats have to stay there all day without the owner? Can they just go for a quick procedure (e.g., sanitary shave) or do they need to also stay for a bath, combing, etc?
A groomer cannot legally administer a sedative; so do not allow one to talk you into giving one to your cat, unless you are bringing your cat to a groomer who works in a Veterinary clinic, because the Doctor can administer the med properly, and legally IF the cat needs it. 99.9% of the time a cat will not need any medication.
Most groomers will keep the cat between 2-4 hours...I usually kept them only 1 hour if I didn't have any other dogs during that time frame that had to be done...less stress to the cat that way; he can be in and out!
When I groomed, I pretty much made it 'manditory' for the cat to stay for a bath; mainly because cats tend to be too greasy to get a proper clip...even just a sanitary clip. But...I was pretty picky about how the animal looked when it left...I wanted it to look like it had been groomed! Some groomers will just let you hold the cat, or leave the cat long enough to do your sanitary clip, and charge a minimal fee.