Sedating a cat for grooming
Most vets will work with you if you don't wish to vaccinate and you can even get house call vets if you don't want to transport your cat anywhere.
But that annual check up is quite important and I'd recommend you get it done.
A groomer can expect hissing and grumbling from some cats that dislike being handled.
However, there are a minority of cats that are extremely aggressive towards their owner and groomer when approached with a view to combing their fur and these are the ones I’d like to talk about now.
Cats are notoriously stoic creatures and will not generally show symptoms of illness until that illness is quite pronounced.
I would, however, urge you to always take you cat in for a yearly check up, even if you aren't vaccinating.
My departed Bernie developed severe matting problems as she aged - her fur was fine and kinky and she couldn't bathe herself overly well. Sometimes animals have bad reactions, and it seems an unnecessary risk to take with an animal you don't know well.
We could get some of it combed out here, but my one time trying to cut a mat out caused me to cut her. (Groomers can and do sedate cats, but the cats stay in their care until the sedative wears off.
Do your research on all methods to determine which will be best for your pet.
Below are some FAQ about the home grooming process. Just because your cat is indoors and looks fine doesn't mean that they are and most illnesses are both cheaper to treat and have a better prognosis if caught early.
I've seen cats with teeth rotting out of their face still eat hard kibble.
I have been a mobile cat groomer for three years now and can honestly say that 95% of semi/long haired cats either dislike but tolerate the grooming process, are indifferent to it and let the groomer do what is necessary, or are nice and relaxed, used to being combed and bathed and generally seem to outwardly enjoy their time on the grooming table.
Cat grooming typically involves nails being clipped, fur being combed through, maybe some matts shaved out, trimming around problem areas such as around the bottom, and occasionally a bath.