JOHOR BARU - It's a new hairstyle for a new year - even for the pets.
Pet owners are rushing to get their animals groomed for the New Year before the Christmas holiday kicks off.
Global Pets operations and marketing director Leow Kee Wee said the number of their customers had increased by between 20% and 25% as the New Year nears.
"The number of bookings has become so overwhelming that we often have to turn down customers because we are just too full," he said at his store in Johor Jaya here.
Most pet owners, said Leow, were asking for the full grooming session for their pets, including nail clipping and filing, bathing, ear cleaning and shaving.
"We get various breeds of cats and dogs. But we also have the odd hamster and chinchillas," he said.
Chincillas are rodents that are slightly larger and more robust than squirrels, and native to the Andes mountains in South America.
Leow said a groomer usually takes about 90 minutes to finish grooming an animal depending on its size and fur length.
"We also have requests for specialised hairstyles for certain dogs such as poodles, schnauzers and American cocker spaniels," he added.
Pethub Grooming and Accessory owner Melvin Tee said his shop had also seen an increase in the number of customers.
"We are starting to get more orders as the New Year approaches. Most customers make bookings weeks in advance for their pets," he said, adding that owners were also buying "something extra special" like accessories and other decorative items for their pets.
Rott Mastiff pet accessory shop attendant Lim Foo said it had to reject customers.
"The number of our customers always increases at the start of the year-end school holidays until Chinese New Year," he said.