About Us

Maine coon cat Topaz is sporting a modified lion cut with full tail and bib.  This cut is typically referred to as a bolero.

After being partially shaved for an ultrasound and a biopsy, Topaz was looking moth eaten. To create a nicer look, Ellen gave her a modified lion cut leaving her front legs and bib long.

Ellen has been grooming cats since 2007. Her goal is to bring you the joy of a clean, well groomed cat prancing by, showing off their natural beauty. She is currently studying with the National Cat Groomers Institute with the goal of earning her Certified Feline Master Groomer title.

Ellen is both an Elite FFCP (Groomer, Veterinary) (Elite Fear Free Certified Professional) and a Cat Friendly Veterinary Professional. These certifications require training in low stress cat handling. We want your cat to have the best experience possible with the least amount of fear.

Ellen has been a speaker at both veterinary clinics and shelters on Cat Care, educating owners in the basics of caring for cats. She has also trained veterinary staff and shelter staff on information they should be teaching cat owners. She was interviewed on a Pet Partners Facebook Live event on animal assisted interventions with cats, answering questions about her volunteer work with her therapy cats.

Trilling Cat is the only feline exclusive grooming salon in the Triangle. We are conveniently located near the intersection of Hope Valley Road/NC Highway 751 and NC Highway 54 in south Durham, at 5018 Dresden Drive, Durham, NC. We are just a few miles from Southpoint Mall. Our location provides easy access from Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and the rest of the triangle. Please visit our Contact Us page for directions.

To schedule an appointment for your cat, please click here to go to our Contact Us page.

What Some Of Our Clients Say

"A great experience for Louis and us. We are thrilled with your expertise, gentle & caring attention to Louis and good advice for us! Thank you!"

"If you have cats, I would highly recommend Ellen as their groomer!"

"She looks AMAZING! ...She was so happy she was rolling on her belly and sassy all afternoon."

"I just wanted to thank you again for the amazing work you did with [my cat]. This sweet kitty has already come out of his shell since he saw you and he truly brings me so much joy!"

"We are so pleased with Oliver's groom!! You were so great with Oliver. I am so happy to have found you! Thanks again Ellen!"

In The Community

When we aren't busy grooming, Ellen has two Pet Partners Registered Therapy Cats. Cadi passed her first evalution in 2013. Until the pandemic she regularly visited the residents at Spring Arbor in Durham (now Carolina Reserve of Durham). Vivo passed her first evaluation in 2016 and enjoyed visiting friends at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Durham. While the Pandemic has forced the girls to stay in, they are still able to visit remotely with the VA.

In addition to their regular visits, both girls enjoy going to UNC-Chapel Hill during exams for exam stress relief, and have been guests at Park Library and the Health Sciences Library. Cadi has also been to camps for children, dog walks, and taught a class at Jordan High School on cat care.

Due to privacy concerns we don't have many pictures that can be posted publicly with their fans, but you can follow the girls at Facebook.com/DurhamTherapyCats. Both cats are very proud of the work they do and always enjoy meeting new people.

Maine coon cat Vivo hard at work as a Pet Partners Therapy Pet visiting the Park Library at the University of North  Carolina Chapel Hill.
Cat Friendly Veterinary Professional through the American Association of Feline Practitioners Cat Friendly program.
Certified Fear Free Elite Professional.
5018 Dresden Dr.
Durham, NC 27707
By Appointment Only
Grooming Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
To book an appointment, click here to go to our Contact Us Page.