Portland’s cat-exclusive grooming team


prioritizing the safety, temperament, and well-being of your unique cat


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Cat grooming done right

After grooming more than 40,000 cats, it’s safe to say we have experience with all temperaments and most special needs.

From routine maintenance to medically necessary grooming, the grooming experts at Cats in the City are prepared to help your cat look and feel its best.

Cats are attended to by a pair of tandem cat groomers: One grooming assistant to help your cat feel comfortable, and a master groomer to focus on grooming needs.

No matter what grooming service we are performing, our team will adapt and modify the procedures to prioritize the safety and comfort of every cat in our care.

No dogs

We know cats.  Mixing cats and dogs during grooming creates unnecessary stress.  Our grooming services are only for cats, making Cats in the City Portland’s cat-exclusive grooming boutique.

Comfort first

Our grooming shops are clean and designed for cats. The team has extensive training in cat behavior and handling.

Full service

From routine grooming services to medically necessary treatments, our experts can handle it. We solve extreme cat fur issues.

Expert team

Our cat groomers are experts led by Dr. Daniel Lioyryan. The team has experience working with cats of all temperaments and a variety of medical needs, ranging from heart murmurs to pure “cattitude.”



Grooming Office Visit


» Bath, dry, brush out

» Nail trim

starting at $109*

*final price is determined by the condition of the coat and actual services performed.  We cap the cost of most grooms at $229.


Grooming Office Visit


» Any cat, in any condition

» Unlimited add-on services (Excluding soft paws, flea medication, ingrown claws, skunk treatment, and shuttle)



The following represents the starting costs for add-ons to bathing, brushing, drying, and nail trimming. We require a bath and nail trim with most grooms.  Grooming related needs may be discovered during the session that were previously unknown or not discussed.  We address such needs during the grooming session and actual services performed are charged at checkout.  Grooming sessions start at $109 and most grooms are capped at $229.




Use our online reservation system to request an appointment, specify your location, and pick your services.


Your cat can stay, but their fleas cannot. It is our firm policy to flea dip a cat immediately upon discovery of live fleas. Fleas are a year-round reality in Oregon, so please be sure to keep your cat current on any flea treatment (we can help with that!). Please remove all collars prior to grooming. We are not responsible for lost collars.


Drop your cat(s) off in a secure carrier, or have them ready to go in one if you have arranged for shuttle service. Although not required, for your cat's protection, we strongly encourage a cat to have a current rabies vaccine.


We have most cats in our care for grooming about 3 hours. We will contact you when your kitty is about 30 minutes from being ready.

Grooming Session

We require a bath and nail trim with most grooms.  Grooming related needs may be discovered during the session that were previously unknown or not discussed.  We address such needs during the grooming session and actual services performed are charged at checkout.  Grooming sessions start at $90 and most grooms are capped at $209.

Real Cats

We specialize in grooming real cats, often referred to as cats with Catitude. We use our collective professional experience during the grooming process to adapt and modify grooming procedures prioritizing safety, temperament, and ability of the individual cat before us.  Grooming aesthetic results will vary.  Cat hair grows back.

Claw Trims

For the safety of kitty and our team, we perform claw trims on most cats. We trim claws to just before the vein in the nail bed, which is harmless to cats. Claws regrow and sharpen within 2-6 weeks.

Fleas in Oregon

Our buildings do not have fleas. To maintain that status, for the health and safety of your cat, our team, and all cats in our care, it is our firm policy to flea dip a cat immediately upon discovery of live fleas.  We only flea dip cats who present with living fleas.


Bath, dry and brush-out

Your cat is bathed using hypoallergenic solutions, dried, and brushed to remove dander, tangles, and loose fur.  We require a bath and nail trim with most primary services.  We will withhold a bath upon request, though it does not reduce the cost of the overall charge.

De-shedding (before bath)

Using patented tools we proactively remove as much of your cat’s loose shed and undercoat as possible, eliminating the cause of matting, and reducing the amount of fur your cat ingests, so fewer hairballs and less fur around the house. De-shedding your cat as part of routine cat grooming will prevent matting before it begins.

Fluffy cat after grooming

De-matting (dreadlock removal, before bath, see video)

We built our practice solving matting issues.  Using patented tools we gently remove the knots and tangles from car fur, essentially rescuing your cat’s coat, and bringing it back to life without the need to shave.  Although a cat’s cat can reach a state in which a shave is the only choice.  De-shedding as part of routine cat grooming will proactively eliminate matting before it begins.

Cat Before De-Matting / De-Shedding

Before De-Matting & De-Shedding

After De-matting & De-Shedding

After De-matting & De-Shedding


Fluffy cat after grooming

Lion cut (before bath)

A lion cut on a cat is a close trim shave, similar in length to a man’s buzz cut. It can be done with a natural or tapered lion mane, booties, and pom-pom on the tail.

Teddy bear cut (before bath)

A teddy bear cut on a cat is similar to a lion cut, though a 1/2 to 3/4 inch layer of fur similar to lamb wool is left on the cat, and the face is tapered similar to a bear cub. This cut cannot be done on cats with matted fur.

If your cat has an imperfect coat (tangles, knots, compaction), you can still get a teddy bear cut but the fur requires preparation at an additional cost in order for the tools to work for this cut.

Matted shave (before bath)

We have thirteen years experience shaving cats that would otherwise be sedated and shaved at a vet. We have shaved thousands of cats who were severely matted without sedatives.  We have groomed over 35,000 cats in our tenure and we built our practice on solving the most severe matting issues.

Velvet cut (before bath)

A velvet haircut is a shave that is aesthetically similar to a teddy bear haircut, but at a 1/4 inch length, it is shorter than the teddy bear haircut.  Unlike a teddy bear haircut, a velvet haircut can be accomplished in some matted and compacted coats.

Sanitary trim and fecal removal

A sanitary trim is shaving the private area and sometimes the back of the legs, in order to keep kitty sanitary while using the litter box.

Fecal Removal.  Sometimes it happens. Some pretty yucky waste becomes stuck and needs cleaning of fecal matter to become sanitary.

Nail trim and ingrown claw removal

Your cat’s nails can’t be ignored, either.  Unclipped nails curl and thicken, injuring your cat’s paw pads.  Unclipped nails can also catch and stick to carpeting, scratching posts, and furniture, potentially injuring paws.  Cats in the City can maintain the health of your cat’s paws by safely clipping the front and the back nails periodically.  We recommend clipping nails every 6 to 8 weeks for indoor cats.  Does your cat scratch your furniture and floors?  We can help with that, too!

The red line is the nail trim cut line.

Removing ingrown nails and wound care for damage paw pads is an additional cost.

Need Mobile Nail Trims?  Use our mobile claw trimming service and we will trim your cat’s claws in your home:  www.CityCatClaws.com

Trim Paw Pad Fur

Leaves paw pads smooth which decreases the amount of litter that is tracked throughout the home.

De-flea and de-skunk (during bath)

De-flea is an enzyme concentrate that naturally kills fleas on contact by compromising their outer-shell (exoskeleton).

De-Skunk is a patented cleanser that significantly reduces and/or removes horrible smells.

Dandruff treatment/skin therapy (during bath)

It’s common to find low levels of dandruff in a cat’s coat, especially in darker coats.  However, excess dandruff in your cat’s coat can be a sign of dry skin caused by the overproduction or underproduction of skin oil called sebum.  Grooming and bathing your cat  can address excess dandruff production and we can help!  In addition to grooming, increasing Omega-3 fatty acids in your cat’s diet will improve skin health.

Degreasing (during bath)

Cat hair can accumulate oil and appear greasy even after a bath.  When grease and oil has fully encapsulated your cat’s hair strands, it acts as a water repellant so water and bathing product do not penetrate the hair, resulting in poor outcomes.  We achieve clean results by using an advanced hypoallergenic formula that is gentle and safe.

Ear flush (during bath)

Using a veterinary formulated sterile solution, we flush the ears clean of debris and apply antiseptic powder, which keeps the ear dry and creates an environment more hostile to infection.

Eyes & nasal cleanse (during bath)

Using a veterinary formulated sterile solution, we flush the outer eyes, nose, and face clean of debris.

Teeth & oral cleanser | Breath freshener (during bath)

Using a veterinary formulated antiseptic solution, we flush the teeth, gums, and mouth clean of debris, and brush visible teeth, resulting in a cleaner mouth and fresher breath.  Bad breath can be caused by infection.  We will refer you to a vet if infection is suspected.

Soft Paws nail coverings

Now offering Soft Claws nail covering. Each application includes nail trim, nail caps, and application. Each application lasts 4 to 6 weeks.


We can fully rescue your cat’s coat.  We are cat fur experts and we have solutions for:

  • Matting, dreadlocks, knots, tangles, and compacted fur
  • Excessive shedding, bulky fur, hairballs, fleas, skin infection, and body odors
  • Waste accumulation and sanitary problems

Most cat fur problems result from too much accumulated shed hair in your cat’s coat. Cats in the City’s exclusive deshedding and dematting services remove excess shed while maintaining your cat’s full-length coat.


We can fully rescue your cat’s coat.  We are cat fur experts and we have solutions for:

  • Cats with heart disease and murmurs
  • Cats who are shy, skittish, agitated, or aggressive
  • Cats with blindness and/or mobility issues
  • Cats who are elderly and/or special needs
  • Cats with hair, without hair, matted hair, and perfect hair
  • Cats who are delicate, social, and perfectly sweet
  • … After 35,000 Cat Grooms, We Have Experience With All Cats.

And yes, in most cases we can successfully groom difficult and hard-to-manage cats.  If your cat has been turned away elsewhere, give us a call.

Meet the Grooming Team

Daniel L., Ph.D.

Lead Cat Groomer; Cat Behaviorist

Dr. Daniel Lioyryan earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience from OHSU with a focus on animal behavior. Under his leadership, Daniel and his team have groomed more than 40,000 cats.

Shawn L., MSW

Lead Cat Groomer; Animal Behaviorist

Shawn earned his graduate degree is social work and served patients facing end-of-life. After training cats for animal assisted therapy, Shawn co-founded Cats in the City. Shawn has supervised the grooming of more than 40,000 cats and he has been a professional cat sitter for more than ten years in Portland, Oregon. Shawn is a homeowner and property manager so he understands how to keep your home running optimally while you travel.

Cats in the City

Sellwood Location:
2036 SE Tacoma St.
Portland, OR 97202

NE Tabor Location:
415 NE 80th Ave
Portland, OR 97213



Hours: All services by appointment