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  • Groomer to Open Cats Only Salon and Kennel

    A local pet groomer is planning to give Ames’ feline friends a place of their own for grooming and boarding when their owners are away.

    Jasmine Conrad, owner of the as-of-yet unnamed venture, is opening a grooming salon and boarding facility, located at 1201 Airport Road, No. 105. She said it’ll be the only cat-specific grooming business in the city.

    Conrad learned dog grooming under Sam Johnson, owner of Pet Styling by Sam, and currently shares her space with her while they run two separate businesses. She mainly focused on dog grooming until she decided to take a class on cat grooming for a laugh.

    “Once I went up to the Minnesota grooming conference, they had a whole lecture on grooming cats,” she said. “I was totally thinking I would do this as a joke and do it for the fun of it, but it turns out it’s a real thing.”

    Conrad has since been studying to get a certification from the National Cat Groomers Institute of America for about a year.

    With Johnson’s blessing, Conrad spent months looking for a location for her own salon with the intention to switch between cat-specific days and dog-specific days, but decided to go cat-only because she wants her furry clients to be stress-free during their stay.

    That philosophy also guides the planned boarding area, where Conrad said each boarding area will be a “luxury-size” suite with four-by-four foot or four-by-six foot areas for each animal. She believes the city, particularly international students, can benefit from having their cats in the kennels while they leave town for weeks or months at a time.

    “We define long-term boarding as anywhere over two weeks, and that’s when (the cats) hit that ‘I don’t want to be here any longer’ point, the ‘I’m bored and want my family back’ point,” she said with a laugh. “It becomes a different dynamic, you have to keep them stimulated and enough things to beef up their environment so they aren’t doing destructive behavior.”....................
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