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    Default Another "Fear Free" grooming adventure

    The basic concept of the Fear Free Veterinary Professionals program is that it is unacceptable for pets to experience fear, anxiety and stress during pet care. I'm posting this since a few people are interested in the program.
    I visited a young cat who was friendly, outgoing, but too wiggly for the owner to bathe or do rear claw trims. She is able to do front claw trims if the cat is burrito-wrapped. The owner told me that the cat does not like it if she looks directly at her.
    I lifted the cat onto the counter. She hissed immediately and her pupils were huge. I asked the owner to stroke the cat's head slowly & gently. We dangled a shoelace in front of the cat. I cleaned the ears. The tail was swishing slowly. I gently brushed her with a soft brush, then instead of bathing, I rubbed her with a wet cloth. I placed the damp washcloth on her back, as a kind of saddle. I trimmed the rear claws. Finally, I held her by the scruff and feet to quickly place her belly under running water. After about 3 seconds, she struggled, so I immediately stopped. (Next time I won't put a cat in that kind of a hold. I did it out of habit, as it is definitely NOT a "fear free" technique. Hard to break habits, but improvement is happening big time!)
    The owner told me, "Now she will hide for the rest of the day." Instead of hiding, the cat stayed near us, licking her fur and playing and eating treats. I told the owner, "That is what success looks like." The owner said we accomplished much more than she thought we would. She was proud of her cat and thrilled with the visit.

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    Excellent results, I really get where you are going. This kind of skill really puts a groomer a cut above in the sense of handling, and worth in my opinion top fees.

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    I love the ending of your message, proof in the pudding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma123 View Post
    The basic concept of the Fear Free Veterinary Professionals program is that it is unacceptable for pets to experience fear, anxiety and stress during pet care. I'm posting this since a few people are interested in the program.
    I visited a young cat who was friendly, outgoing, but too wiggly for the owner to bathe or do rear claw trims. She is able to do front claw trims if the cat is burrito-wrapped. The owner told me that the cat does not like it if she looks directly at her.
    I lifted the cat onto the counter. She hissed immediately and her pupils were huge. I asked the owner to stroke the cat's head slowly & gently. We dangled a shoelace in front of the cat. I cleaned the ears. The tail was swishing slowly. I gently brushed her with a soft brush, then instead of bathing, I rubbed her with a wet cloth. I placed the damp washcloth on her back, as a kind of saddle. I trimmed the rear claws. Finally, I held her by the scruff and feet to quickly place her belly under running water. After about 3 seconds, she struggled, so I immediately stopped. (Next time I won't put a cat in that kind of a hold. I did it out of habit, as it is definitely NOT a "fear free" technique. Hard to break habits, but improvement is happening big time!)
    The owner told me, "Now she will hide for the rest of the day." Instead of hiding, the cat stayed near us, licking her fur and playing and eating treats. I told the owner, "That is what success looks like." The owner said we accomplished much more than she thought we would. She was proud of her cat and thrilled with the visit.
    Don't you love it when you get immediate results!

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