Rally call to end Leicestershire cat groomer shortage

Animal lovers and job seekers are invited to sink their claws into a new – and important – opportunity. It’s one that would help many cats in need and could help end what is thought to be a growing national shortage.

The rallying call has now gone out to help recruit more cat groomers to Leicestershire. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, 3.2 million households have brought home some kind of pet, many of which are cute, fluffy felines.

Like any good pet, cats need regular maintenance to prevent them from having welfare issues, but the problem is that there aren’t enough cat groomers to answer. to the further expansion of the cat population. This is why a call has been made for people to be trained now.

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The message has been reinforced by iPET Network who recently launched the UK’s first portfolio of Ofqual regulated cat grooming qualifications. They now need more training providers, especially in Leicester, to run courses.

The course could help dog groomers diversify their existing business or become a great platform for animal lovers or aspiring entrepreneurs to launch their next career or business. iPET is now asking anyone to consider training to help alleviate what industry leaders say is a national animal welfare issue.



Without grooming, cats can suffer from wellness issues like matting

Fern Gresty, co-director of the iPET Network, said: “With more pet cats than ever in the UK due to a pandemic rise in pet ownership, we are seeing a shortage of qualified cat groomers. It’s bad for cats, unlike dogs, many don’t show up to groomers until they actually have a wellness issue like mats.Owners assume cats groom themselves themselves and to some extent they do, but you have to make sure that there is regular maintenance of the coat and that things don’t get out of hand.”

However, if classes are to be held in Leicestershire, iPET says they need tutors to teach the trade. That’s why they appeal to anyone with experience to get in touch. Anyone interested in taking this opportunity should also contact iPET.

“There has never been a better time for dog groomers to consider expanding an existing grooming offering to include cat grooming, and our qualifications are suitable for both beginner and experienced groomers alike,” added Ms. Gresty.

More information on cat grooming can be found online.

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