Well, since we're confessing, I dont groom my cats that often. Though they are longer haired cats, they dont mat easily. We will brush them out on the deck sometimes when they seem to be shedding too much. I almost never give them baths unless one of them gets into something, or should I say unless my youngest son gets into them
Even then it's my youngest daughter, the ultimate animal lover, who braves that battle. I've tried the bath in a bottle stuff, that you only have to spray on them and not rinse. Oh yeah - what a joke, should've known better. A cat does not like to be sprayed, even if it is in a bottle. We do give the foster kittens baths though, to get them used to it in case their next owner wants to continue that. I imagine it is dependent on the particular breed of cat you have, some cats require bathing more than others. Some not. My cats are all moggies, or mutts as I call them, or politically correct - domestic medium hairs.
I do trim their claws myself though. I just use regular ole nail clippers. If you start doing it when they are young, and do it regularly, they get used to it and dont put up a struggle.
Usually, when the cats do need a brushing, we have several combs, slickers, rakes, brushes and matting tools. We acquired these over the years from grooming our dog though. A hundred pounds of molting undercoat that thing is. If he's not groomed on a regular basis, then my carpet would be a woolly black bear and my vacuum would go on strike. The last short haired foster cat we had loved to be brushed. She didnt really have any hair to brush, but she loved the attention. I also invested in one of those grooming gloves/mittens. This is a nice way to just sit and pet the fur out, but it's not as effective as a rake for getting out the undercoat.
I have never given my cat a funky or exotic hair cut. My grandmother had some poodles that she took to the groomer for hair styles
And one of my best friends has a dog (dont even know what the heck he is) but she has a traveling groomer come to her house and shaves him up twice a year. Pays more for it than I pay for my own hair cuts!
I've never ever dreamed of having a cat done. I trim Chewbacca's (our dog) fur myself. Every since he was a wee puppy. In particular I trim the fur that grows too long on his feet and around his paw pads. But I also learned how to cut the fur on his hocks. Another friend of mine, took her Newfoundland to a professional groomer and they hacked him up! They had an intern that used a razor comb to get out some of his mats and they ended up cutting the poor dog.
I have read about saving fur and having it spun and woven into yarn. For dogs, they call it Cheingora or something like that. I tried to save Chewbacca's undercoat because I wanted to learn the art of spinning 'wool'. But after learning how to do it, I quickly decided it might be too much for me and went out in search of someone to do it for me. I found a few artisans that would spin clean fur into yarn, one in particular on eBay. So I started saving his fur. The spinner suggested that when I ship it to her that I vacuum the air out of the bag to reduce the volume when shipping. Anyway, I saved grocery bag after grocery bag of hair and my youngest son got into it and shredded it all_over my living room. I was so upset. It looked like black snow in there! Anyway, every time I groom him I think of starting all over, it would be neat to knit a scarf or sweater coat/jacket or crochet a blanket using yarn from his fur. It would be a wonderful piece of memorabilia and immortalize him sorta. I dread the thought of starting over only to have it ruined again. I like your idea of storing it in a garbage container or maybe even a Rubbermaid of sorts. I think I might set out to do this again. It would take me a lot longer to get the fur I needed to have spun using cat fur (even though there are more of them) than using dog hair... not to mention there are limitations on the type of hair that can be spun. It isnt really the guard hairs they use, but the soft undercoat. And it has to be a certain length in order for it to weave correctly. But really it is spun together.
Anyway, guess I've gone on enough once again. I might be back
Thanks for the points again Lee!