Ready to become part of the Elite?

Whether you are a groomer who wants to add cat grooming to your services, already a cat groomer who wants to improve their skills or switching careers we would love to help you during your journey!

Gracee Owen is a Trainer and Certifier for the National Cat Groomers Institute helping people reaching their goals. Gracee can administer both written and practical exams.


How to start?

  • It’s recommend to first go through The Complete Cat Groomer Training Syllabus before training. The Syllabus has everything you need to give you the foundation before coming for hands-on training

  • Contact your Certifier and book your training

  • If you can get your hands on some kitties, practice on them and send pics to your certifier

  • Start taking your written exams


What is the process like?

Gracee offers Personalized Private Instruction (PPI) , a one-on one training. You will have her undivided attention while you go through your hands-on training.

Training days start at 8:30 am until 3:00 pm with an optional one hour lunch break. You will be provided 2 to 3 cats a day. It’s usually take between 3 to 5 days to pass all of the practical exams.

All exam fees are paid to NCGI

Not sure if you want to groom cats? Check out our workshops!


Words from our happy trainees

Upstate Meow was where I went to complete my practical exams to be a CFMG. I was very impressed and comfortable with Gracee. I have test anxiety really badly, yet Gracee worked with me to make my experience one I thoroughly enjoyed. I would highly recommend UpState Meow and Gracee for any cat grooming training and certification.

Julie B. CFMG. >^••^<
I went to Upstate Meow to train with Gracee for my PPI to become a Certified Master Feline Groomer. I was very anxious, scared, and had no ideal what I was doing with a feline. I had never groomed a cat. Gracee gave me the confidence that I needed. Showed me all the ropes to grooming a kitty safely and efficiently. When I went back home to my groom shop I had no problems grooming any type of cat. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of Gracee. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to do their PPI training.
- Brittany Golden CFMG.
A wonderful feeling, being now one of “The Few, The Proud, The Brave”
At this point a HUGE Thanks to Gracee Owen for her phenomenal hands-on PPI teaching. Who could represent this outstandingly professional & always helpful “cat grooming family” better than her....
- Anja B. CFMG