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    Confused Cat Anxiety while grooming older or obese or diabetic cats who fight against grooming

    Most of the time, I am calm and upbeat while grooming cats. Hissing cats do not bother me, other than as an indication that I should try another way of holding or grooming the cat.
    I do not know how to handle my anxiety while grooming old, obese or diabetic cats who fight against grooming.
    I do not show my anxiety to the owner, at least not as far as I know. I do house calls, so they can see and hear me grooming.
    As the grooming progresses, I feel increasing pressure to finish up the grooming.
    I worry that the cat may have an underlying heart condition, or may be exhausted by the grooming. I worry that I may be causing pain to arthritic cats.
    I do ask about medical conditions before grooming.
    I am not concerned about liability, because owners can see and hear how I treat their cat.
    I am concerned about causing physical or emotional distress to the cat.
    Yesterday, I left the paws damp, because I'd been grooming a matted diabetic cat for over an hour. I think that was a reasonable decision. I just don't like feeling so worried. The worry leads to me feeling exhausted after the grooming session.
    Suggestions?

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    Emma, you need to let go of the anxiety
    You are a very in touch with the cats groomer, don't second guess yourself.
    ATM, I have boarders to tend and it is storming like 3 kinds of HELL! I can't stress over it, they won't go out in this rain.....will just have to clean up any messes they make (not their fault) and I am just soothing them at this time. Animals understand more than most ppl realize.
    Ain't always easy to stand up for what is right.

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    Thank you Cyn. I do need to let go of the anxiety.
    I can relate to your boarding situation with the rain. I used to work in a busy kennel. The kennel was attached to an outdoor play yard. When it rained, we had to keep them inside.

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    Welcome! You are good at what you do and know when to call it a day if cat is too stressy!!
    I did finally get boarders , all were good and held it.......they got extra treats and loving for being so good.
    Ain't always easy to stand up for what is right.

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    Cyn has made some very good points Emma. You are good at what you do, and you are in tune with the cats.
    Any chance you can change the conversation? You don't have anxiety, you are professionally extra alert for signs of distress while groomer older, obese, or diabetic cats. I know it's easy to say take a deep breath, remain calm, and trust yourself. Harder to do.

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