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THE CAT CLIPPING PROCEDURE
Clipping a cat is a medical procedure, not a cosmetic one. It requires general anesthesia in order to be done safely, effectively, and efficiently. We have over 30 years of experience clipping cats, and it is a commonly requested and performed procedure at YVC.
THE BODY From the beginning of the neck to the beginning of the tail, and down to approximately the elbows in front and the knees in back, the body is clipped to one length. A standard length is used for every cat; it is not possible to clip the body to a different specified length. The finished body clip is typically very smooth, but sometimes there are irregularities such as patches shaved to the skin and tufts of fur.
THE HEAD There are usually, but not always, two options: with the "lion cut" the mane fur is combed out and left full length; with the "domestic short hair (dsh) cut" the grooming technician blends the margins of the mane fur with the cut of the body. The finished clip is typically very smooth and even, but it is impossible to make it completely smooth and even.
THE TAIL With a lion cut we clip most of the tail the same length as the body, and we leave a combed-out pom-pom on the end of the tail. In most, but not all, cases you can opt to have the entire tail left at full length and combed out.
THE LEGS It is impossible to clip the legs the same length as the body smoothly down to the feet. The grooming technician clips the legs from the body down as far as is reasonable to do so for each patient, and blends the margins as well as possible. The rest of the fur on the legs is combed out.
A CAT GROOMING REALITY CHECK:
IT IS A PROCEDURE WITH A MEDICAL, NOT COSMETIC, GOAL
At YVC the reasons we clip cats are to prevent or relieve matting, and to relieve the discomfort that a long, dense coat of fur sometimes causes. We are very good at producing a cosmetically appealing result, but that is not our primary goal.
Our finished cat clips are typically very smooth, with even margins, but infrequently there are noticable irregularities. When irregulaties occur they are not due to a lack of skill or effort on the part of the grooming technician. They are due to:
- the basic nature of the procedure - it is unreasonable to keep a cat anesthetized for an extended time in order to attempt to create a perfect cosmetic result
- the condition and quality of the patient's fur
- the patient's general health status.
The vast majority of our clients think that their clipped cat looks handsome, cute or interesting. Occasionally a clip looks odd or unappealing to an owner. In those very rare cases there is still very good news: it is fur, it will grow back!
Payment in full is expected when services are rendered.
"I understand that there are risks associated with every medical procedure, including, but not limited to, anesthesia, surgery, treatments, diagnostic testing, hospitalization, and short and long-term recovery from the procedure (results are never guaranteed). I release YVC from all liabilitiy in the event a problem occurs in the absence of gross negligence."
"Should the need for emergency care arise I accept full financial responsibility, and I have alerted YVC to any limits on care for my pet in the event of emergency, such as 'no heroic measures' or 'do not resuscitate' "
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