Feet- take the long tufts off of the pads or leave them sticking out? Which I’d rather not.
I’m not sure of your reason for not wanting to take off the toe tufts, but I’m glad to hear that you’d rather not. The breed standard for those breeds with long toe tufts calls for them to be fully intact, fluffy and full, and neatly combed out.
I don’t like taking toe tufts off of a cat either. But I do, sometimes, for those clients that request it. You can be sure I charge more for this service. After all, time = money. It takes more time, therefore it costs more $$.
Not too many cats like their toe tufts removed. Even the really compliant cats can get a bit testy when trying to remove their toe tufts. If the tufts are to be removed, then use a small trimmer such as the Brav Mini or the Pro LT (both by Wahl). No scissoring. (See my earlier post entitled “The Mane Thing.”)
I spent years showing Persian cats, taking great care to blow their toe tufts out to max fullness whenever giving one of my kitties a show bath. Goal: win in the show ring. That meant grooming to perfection, which meant showing off beautiful toe tufts. I do the same for my clients’ cats’ feet, unless requested to do otherwise.
Make toe tuft removal an add-on service with an additional charge for those clients that insist the tufts must go. Otherwise, blow those suckers out with the HV dryer so they are fluffy and straight. Toe tufts are good.