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Jenny Slater – Shepherds Bush – cat – Hallelujah

This is the second time I have used Catnips. Anita came to my house in 2014 to groom my 15 year old Norwegian Forest Cat Hallelujah (aka Halley) who had become badly matted. Halley hates being picked up and held for more than 30 seconds, so you can imagine how difficult it was to groom her. Although she is normally sweet tempered, she wouldn’t respond to Anita’s normal tactics and distractions and stubbornly struggled at every possible opportunity, but Anita was patience personified, gently cajoling H and taking it 30-40 seconds at a time. At one point, we managed to coax her onto her back on my lap as we sat on the floor by her cat flap so that Anita could shave her tummy. The groom took about 6 hours in total. At the end Halley looked amazing, though the rest of us were rather worse for wear …

H’s new coat took about 6 months to grow back completely. As she loves going outside and writhing around in dirt on her back, her coat became a grit magnet and she soon became knotted and matted. She wouldn’t allow us to groom her and would struggle away within the obligatory half a minute. So it was time to call Catnips again!

With last year’s experience in mind, Anita suggested it best to get her sedated at the vets this time. Anita met us there with all her equipment. Dr Carmichael at Addison’s Vets gave Halley a quick examination due to her age to check she would be safe under anaesthetic, and then gave her a sedative before Anita set to work. Whilst we went for a walk in Holland Park in the beautiful sunshine. About an hour later, Anita called to say all had gone well and H would be ready in 15 minutes.

Anita has once again done a great job and Halley has emerged very fashionably chic, it looks like she’s got a fur shrug around her shoulders with a lovely swishy lion tail. Thanks for making my cat look beautiful again Anita!

Also thanks again for the lift home yesterday. Being able to get Halley back into her normal environment quickly made a huge difference.


Grooming under sedation is sometimes the kindest route to take when a cat is too frightened and too badly matted to remain awake during the de-matting process.

If you have a cat who you are having trouble grooming then please contact Anita Kelsey.

cat grooming under sedation London has never been easier and can be arranged as a matter of urgency.

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About the Author


Anita Kelsey graduated from Middlesex University with a first class Honours degree (work based) in Feline Behaviour and Psychology. She runs a vet referral cat behaviour consultancy in Notting hill, London. Anita also trained in cat grooming at master level and is known for her valuable work with extremely aggressive cats. She is a regular contributor to Your Cat magazine, Cats Protection magazine and The Canine and Feline Behaviour Association of which she is a fully member. Anita is fully recognised, by pet insurance companies and veterinary practices, as an accredited qualified cat behaviour practitioner. Home visit consultations are offered in London and anywhere else in the UK.