Although cats are able to groom themselves to some extent with their specialized tongues, many cats need some assistance to keep their fur coats in top shape. Long coated cats and older cats often have problems keeping up with all that hair!
With the exception of very few breeds, most cats have two kinds of hair. Primary, or guard hair, makes up the glossy, longer coat that covers the fabulous feline form. This outer coat is not only beautiful but it protects cats from the elements. Closer to the body lies the soft, downy undercoat. The undercoat helps cats to regulate their body temperature. Unlike humans, who have one hair coming from each follicle, most breeds of cats have multiple hairs, primary and secondary, coming from each follicle. All hair has a specific life cycle, and at some point of time, all hair dies and then falls away from the cat as the cat sheds.
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Professionally trained cat groomers are in high demand in todays grooming salons. The Professional Cat Groomers Association of America (PCGAA) has implemented a mutifaceted curriculum designed to sharpen your skills and fine tune any area that you feel you need assistance in. PCGAA is an international organization that was formed exclusively by dedicated Cat Grooming Professionals who have extensive experience, continued education, advanced certification and business savvy. The PCGAA has implemented a "whole" approach to the grooming of cats.