Ok guys, Please read this story, then come back and read on.
Here's my problem with this one, there are several factors involved in this story, the main one being that this is a 14yr old cat that has never been groomed. The second one being that the "owner looked down one day and noticed it was matted and decided to take it to the groomer".
You don't just "look down" one day and notice, oh yea, look at that, my cat has an inch and a half thick pelt on it's back, that as the groomer stated " could have been used as a splint"!
Also, the cat owners stated that it took the husband "45 minutes" to get the cat into the carrier.
I believe that this cat was hurt before it got to the groomer, and without prior knowlege of the injuries, the groomer was doing what she needed to do to handle this cat to not only complete the groom, but, also protect herself.
As a Certified Vet. Tech, I can most assuredly tell you that , with those types of injuries of course the cat would be angry and react out of suffering pain in the only manner it could....to bite....also, as the groomer had stated, as she got to the belly the cat got aggitated . So , therefore, it all makes sense, except one little thing. With those types of injuries, if already inflicted, why didn't the groomer notice that the pet wasn't moving its back legs?
It will be interesting to follow this story and see how this one pans out in court. I'll keep you updated, as I am going to follow this one .
I groom cats as well, everything from show cats to house pets, and have done a few rescues myself that just plain old needed my help.
I would not have personally done a 14yr old cat that had never been groomed, but then again, some of us stylist put ourselves in harms way to help an animal feel better. There is CERTAINLY NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT!!!! That is a personal decision. I too have in the past gotten bit helping a scared neglected pet.
The issue with not doing this one for me would have been the age and stress factor for the pet.
At any rate, keep checking back to follow up on this story, and also, thank you to the groomer who posted this link on Pg.com!!
Happy Grooming! Kim