Adrienne Kawamura - City Kitty Grooming

Adrienne is a Master Feline Groomer, Certified by the National Cat Groomers Institute of America, Certified Teacher with Professional Cat Groomers Association of America and Owner of City Kitty, City Kitty Franchise and The American Academy of Cat Grooming.

Why do you use an integrative approach? 

My philosophy and mission statement in my salon is, "Caring for the Whole Cat, Mind, Body and Spirit." When a cat comes into my salon for a grooming experience, I like to study them, to see what type of personality they are, how they are feeling, etc. Grooming can be very successful when you understand the whole cat.

What alternative modalities do you use with your patients or clients? 

Flower Essences, Aromatherapy, Tellington Touch, Massage and gentle communication, encouraging the animal to give them confidence to withstand the procedure. I also use Happy Traveler and Homeopathics.

Tell us about your most memorable patient or client and their case?

The most fractious cats are rescues by far. They lack the trust, confidence and self-esteem required for an experience like a grooming session. I recently had a cat in that was completely untrusting, fearful and would lash out due to fear. After using products like Self-Esteem I saw within minutes a complete turn around. We use the Spirit 

Essences in the salon but I also encourage pet owners to continue the work at home.

What's a common question, concern or misconception you hear about the integrative approach, and how do you address it?

People are sometimes like a deer caught in headlights. They don't understand the workings of alternative therapies. They are not educated to understand the differences for instance, between essential oils and flower essences. I try to educate my clients on alternative therapies and the benefits that can be derived from them. They don't understand how a flower essence can work and then once they try it they can see the difference in their cat. I have so many clients using Flower Essences now

In order to help educate more people about an integrative approach, what are some resources or thoughts you'd like to share?

I think in any business dealing with pets handouts are always helpful. I also use social media to educate people about the proper use of alternative medicine. I think people are usually ready to learn if the topic is presented in an easy, simple format. I also recommend certain books on the topics. I do this at trade shows as I find people are very interested in the little glass bottles!

DISCLAIMER: THESE ANIMAL PROFESSIONALS HAVE NOT IN ANY WAY RECEIVED COMPENSATION FROM SPIRIT ESSENCES. SOME OF THE ANSWERS MAY NOT REFLECT THE OPINION OF SPIRIT ESSENCES.

EACH ANIMAL PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH, MEANING THEY SUPPORT ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, BUT DO NOT EXCLUDE CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE.

NONE OF THE ANIMAL PROFESSIONALS PERFORM DECLAW OR DEVOCALIZATION OF ANIMALS.

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