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    Oct 2015
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    Smile Cat Cat Groomer Brings Expertise to Region

    The sign in the window of the red door reads “Peace to All Who Enter Here.” And it’s the peace that can be found in a nice warm bath – for your cat.

    Spofford cat groomer Cheryl Maibusch opened her business, The Cat Groomer, in May and says she wants cat owners throughout the region to know that bathing your feisty feline friends is not only possible, but chances are they need it – and may even like it.

    The common misperception is that cats can keep themselves clean independently, but this isn’t entirely accurate, according to Maibusch.

    “The difference is, cats lick themselves and just get their saliva all over,” she said. “(What I do) is very different. I get out the excess hair, debris and dandruff.”

    Always an animal lover and advocate, Maibusch has been a certified feline master groomer in Illinois since 2009 and she relocated to Spofford in 2016 when her husband, Bob, became the managing shareholder at Pin Grove Springs Golf Course.

    She started her career in cat grooming after her two children were grown and she had gone back to working full time in the grooming industry. She attended a trade show where Danelle German was in attendance and the rest is history.

    German, Maibusch’s mentor, is the founder of the National Cat Groomers Institute of South Carolina, and Maibusch completed her training through the institute, which later opened a school in 2010 for a few years before becoming a primarily online training course. There’s an annual renewal process as part of the training and she also attends regular seminars and continuing education opportunities in the pet industry.

    For a while, she operated a mobile grooming truck in Illinois that had a tendency to turn heads wherever it went.

    “People came to a screeching halt when they saw my vehicle,” she said. “They took photos and would call me five minutes later.”

    Her business in Spofford is housed permanently, rather than being mobile, which she said has advantages for her customers.

    “It’s one cat in, one cat out,” she said. “And there are no barking dogs.”

    The process, she said, is pretty straightforward. A kitty client comes in and Maibusch gives it an examination with the owner present to get an idea of the concerns. The owner then leaves the room and Maibusch says she always starts out with the nail trim.

    That’s followed by an initial comb-out and a check for excess hair. Then, a haircut or precut before the bath. Most, she said, do fine in the bath because they enjoy the warmth, being massaged with shampoo and the royal treatment. They are then wrapped in a towel – a purr-ito as one client calls it – and dried with a dryer before getting a comb-out.

    She would eventually like to hire an assistant like she had in Illinois, but for right now it’s a one-woman show. An assistant, she said, provides a nice extra set of hands for managing overly active cats and giving emotional support to the cat as a “cheerleader.”

    Back in Illinois, she worked with a vet who could provide sedation when necessary for aggressive cats, but at this point she has yet to make such an arrangement here. Most cats, she assured, do perfectly fine.

    And before you go thinking these must be fancy show cats, Maibusch says no, most are your average everyday housecats, short hair or long hair, and there are lots of reasons their owners seek out her services.

    Some are elderly cats that can no longer reach around to clean themselves. Or they can be overly greasy, causing mats to form from shedding hair. Special needs cats can also be good candidates for grooming. The grooming can also wash away allergens for cats. Another good reason for the outdoor cats? Skunks.

    “A good groom can be seen in the personality of the cat,” she said. “It will be happy again, and playful. Elderly cats feel more at ease when clean and relaxed.”

    She has been visiting the offices of local vets to get the word out about her business and is also collaborating with Chesterfield officials on disaster readiness planning for pets. She will have a booth set up during Chesterfield Old Home Days on Aug. 4 with more information.

    Right now, Maibusch is holding a “Purr & Putt” promotion with Pine Grove Springs Golf Course. “Purr & Putt” allows a cat parent, by appointment during golf season, to drop off their cat to be groomed and receive a special coupon to take over to Pine Grove Springs for a free greens fees for 9 holes (cart not included) or a free bucket of range balls. (One coupon per cat to be used the day of grooming.)

    By the time they are finishing up at Pine Grove Springs, their cat should be just about ready to go. And, since Pine Grove Springs is within view of the grooming salon, it’s a short trip for the pet parent, who can have fun while their cat is being pampered.

    Maibusch stressed that grooming is the beneficial service cat owners never knew they needed.

    “Once you’ve had your cat groomed, you’ll know the difference and you’ll know when they need to be groomed,” she said. It’s never too late to give your cat his first grooming. The earlier the better.”
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    Join Date
    Apr 2018


    I like the bent on this article. There are still many that think cat grooming is looney.


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