I don't want a lion cut. can you do a longer length cut?
Lion cut refers more to the shape of the cut than the length - a lion cut leaves the hair on the head, paws and end of the tail. This pattern can be modified - the most common thing I get asked is to leave the whole tail furry, which is no problem. In terms of length, there is really only so long that you can leave the fur. The way clipper blades work is that the longer the length, the further apart the teeth are. A 10 blade is the standard length that is used on cats. I can do the next two sizes up (the 7FC blade and a 5FC) , but I don't like to go longer due to safety. Cats' skin is generally thinner than dogs and much easier to catch in between wide blade teeth. If your cat is older or matted, I may not be able to do a longer length cut.
Additionally, a shorter cut will last longer. If you are trying to minimize matting on your cat or fur in your house, a shorter cut is a better option as you won't have to have it redone as often.
do you offer flea baths?
No. PLEASE DO NOT USE FLEA SHAMPOO ON YOUR CAT. A small percentage of them can have allergic reactions. Also, a flea bath is now considered an outdated treatment - it has a very low efficacy (ie. it is not likely to clear up your flea infestation), contains much harsher chemicals than newer options and can have much more adverse side effects. For more information, please see: https://www.petmd.com/dog/parasites/flea-dips-are-they-effective
You are much better to spend your money going to your veterinarian and getting proper flea medication - the most common are Advantage and Revolution (which are external treatments) and Sentinel (which is a pill). Please do not buy Zodiac from the pet store - this product is for dogs and can be very harmful to cats (I also saw several bad reactions to this medication during my time at a clinic). I realize that going through a vet is going to cost a little more, but I honestly believe it is the safest and most effective option. If you have an outdoor cat, you should be seeing your veterinarian once per year anyway to get feline leukemia, rabies and FVRCP vaccinations, as they are highly likely to come in contact with other, unvaccinated animals and are therefore at a higher risk of contracting these diseases. Most vets have a policy that if they've examined your cat in the past year, they will sell you the medication without an exam.
The difference in how baths vs. vet treatments work: a bath will rinse and kill fleas currently on your cat, but has very little residual efficacy (1-2 days at most). They only kill adult fleas, so any other stage of flea is left to continue infesting your home and pet. The vet treatments are absorbed into your cat's epidermis and will provide one month of protection from new fleas. This is important to getting rid of an infestation because there are going to be flea eggs around your place. They will continue to hatch and attack your cats even after the bath. With the vet treatments, these fleas will hatch and die as soon as they land on your kitty since your kitty is still protected. The flea bath does not provide this. Your vet is likely to recommend a two month supply of the treatment as it usually takes a couple of months for all the flea eggs to hatch and die. I'd also recommend a through cleaning of any pet beds or fabric areas where they sleep as well as a good vacuum of your baseboards.
My cat has mats. Do we have to shave them? Do we have to do a full lion cut?
Matting can be really painful. I can try to brush out really loose knots, but most of them are going to need to be shaved.
Whether or not you need a full cut depends on how much matting there is on your kitty and your aesthetic taste. If your cat only has a few mats here and there, we can definitely just remove those. Some people don’t like it if there’s a patch of fur missing and prefer to do a whole cut so it’s more uniform while others prefer to keep as much of their cat’s fur as possible - that’s really down to your personal taste. If there’s matting all over your kitty, however, it’s usually best to just do a full cut.
We can also see how your kitty is doing and go from there. If your kitty is really upset, it may be faster to just shave a patch where there a lot of small knots rather than finding them individually. It may also be that if the matting is really severe, your kitty will have had enough by the time we’re done with the matting and will wind up with a bit of an uneven cut. Every cat is different, so I’m happy to work with you to find the best solution for yours.