As the first Certified Feline Master Groomer in Arizona, Gabi Kat Grooming is the only feline/cat exclusive groomer in Tucson. We have been servicing the local community since 2012, and May 1st of 2017 marked our 5 year business anniversary. Offering a wide range of grooming options, "we come to you" in our mobile grooming van.
Our hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Please note that 3:30 pm is the last appointment time of the day.
We focus on quality time spent with the cats, and we "love on them" during their grooming session ... we travel on "cat-time" and the duration of our visits is determined by the needs of the cat, not our personal schedules. As a result, our appointment times can run fast or slow. We will call you at the end of the previous appointment with an approximate time of our arrival.
Gabi and Barner Tiefenbrunn
"A day spa for your cat" caught our attention. What a cool idea. It sure would have been great for "Katie" when she had what we now know was a pelt. Yes we were of the uneducated masses as far as grooming your cat goes. Cats clean themselves right? That was the summer of 2011. By September Barner had me enrolled for the January 2012 class so I could get my CFMG and we could get a trailer and I could start grooming cats. Tucson didn't have any cat groomers, so it just seemed like a great business idea. After the two weeks of the most intense thing I had ever done - I was 57, had been a graphic artist and a commercial embroider designer... Been a long time since I was at school. But I love cats. All of my adult life I had cats as pets. What a wonderful fun job.
I got my CFMG, got home and then the real work started, planning to open a Feline Exclusive Grooming business. First a name, easy: Gabi Kat (my nick name) Grooming. We thought maybe a salon with a retail section of cat stuff ... looked at the rental, overhead and wow, after 5 years we would only have more rental and overhead. And we would be grooming kitties with shorter "turkey timers." Then we contacted WagnTails and decided the Sprinter was the most suitable mobile unit for the Tucson area. We have hills with narrow roads, not a lot of parking areas for a trailer and large vehicle.
We picked up the Sprinter mid-March 2012 in between the large tornados that were blowing around the mid west. We had the CattyShack Vac installed, added a Chris Christianson Kool Dry, and had a stainless steel table custom built.
Clients are blown away when we drive up. In addition, we have our own power and water, we do not plug in or hook up. They know we are very serious about grooming their fur baby! We even invite them to stay if they wish to see how we care for their cat. Some take a few moments, some leave early, knowing their cat is in good hands. We have an open door policy; although we keep the big sliding door locked while grooming, we have access through the passenger side door to enter the main salon or just watch through the clear passage door.
I groom with my husband, Barner. He is there when I need a second pair of hands, and someone to love on the kitties. Barner is one of those people that animals love, dogs will drag their owners across the street to visit him. He also cleans up, so the van is ready for the next stop. We clean the van and equipment between each household. It’s also fun being with each other.
We groom at Hermitage, a local no kill cat rescue shelter on our day off. Some of the cats that are adopted we continue to groom.
We are living a fun dream. There is nothing more satisfying than a cat coming into the van, with mats, hurting, and hissing, transformed during the grooming process to a purring, head-butting new cat. Many of our clients call us, write us, asking what we did; they have a new sweet loving kitty... :) Job well done.
Greg has had cats every second of his life since his parents brought him home from the hospital in the early days of the Kennedy administration. He has been told that he is a "Cat Whisperer," although his ego will not allow him to claim that title. Greg's philosophy is that there are no "bad cats," and that the most important cat in the world is the one right in front of him while he is grooming it. He also shares Dr. Albert Schweitzer's view that the main escape from the miseries of life are music and cats. Greg is currently retired and his hobbies are old cars, books, music, cats, and spending time with his wife and son.
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