Has anyone ever considered shaving their cats? We have 3 cats and 2 of them are long haired and hate being combed. WE heard you can shave them. (not bald, but shaved down) We were wondering if those that groom or have experience with this could let me know what you think? I love the cats, just can't tolerate all the hair. I would never dream of getting rid of them, just want to create a happy atmosphere! any suggestions?
I personally don't do cats, I am allergic to them. My boss shaves several down during the summer. The key is finding a groomer who does them, and has knowledge of cats. Most vets knock them out, and that should be avoided if possible. Never allow a groomer to cut the cats whiskers. A lion cut is very nice, and I usually don't like the cat after it has had a bath. They look greasy. I would suggest just doing the hair cut, and watch the cat closly for hairballs for the next couple of days. good luck
Thanks guys...catlover, the main problem is the clumps of fur. They do mat as well though. They hate being brushed and just look "homely". They keep themselves cleaned, but the fir is crazy. I was wondering if anyone else does this and how short to go.
I've never liked the looks of a shaved cat, but if the fur is matting bad, it sometimes is best. I wouldn't go too short, though, with winter coming. Even inside cats need a little extra warmth in winter! Good luck!
My mom has a longhair cat that won't groom herself. My mom used to brush her every night and Esmi liked it for the most part. Unfortunatley, my mom has RA and ended up having surgery in Aug. She hasn't been able to brush Esmi for several months, so I shaved her. She looks really cute, I even put Poodle pom poms on her tail, lol. It really did help w/ the hair too. Esmi is chubby (I keep bugging mom about it) and I think it suits her more. I decided to shave Addie, my black longhair and she looked ridiculous b/c she's very slender. I won't ever do it again and it's just now growing back.
If I were you, I'd talk to a groomer and try it out on one of them. If you like it, you can take the others. They need to be sqeaky clean and it still dulls the blades some. I think it would ruin a pet clipper (the cheap ones w/o detachable blades) in one groom. Cats also have thinner skin, so the can be cut easily. Remember it's more work for a groomer so don't be surprised if they charge more. If they're more comfortable and you're a happy cat mom, then I don't see any reason not to.
Hi ... we used to have a long haired cat..and because we live in northern B.C. Canada... it became a common way to control cat hair on everything she touched.Some cats do not find this process at all tolerable, but our cat became rather used to it, as we would have it done once in the spring...and then once again in the fall.There are some pet groomers who will not even attempt to shave cats at all !! so you must be diligent in finding one who will..the only problem that you may have to watch for, is a Groomer that is new at this procedure, as they have a nervous habit of concentrating on not getting scratched, when it comes to shaving a cats belly.(which to a cat..is it's most vulnerable area)and not considering whether,it is a male or female..and shaves to close and snips off a nipple.I hope this helps...good grooming...lol
Yes, we had it done by the groomer. She left the hair around his face pretty much intact as well as a bit on the end of his tail; saying that it helped him maintain his equalibrium (balance). I guess so he could still land on his feet . He loved it. We noticed less hairballs, shedding, etc. But Henri was an indoor cat and we weren't concerned with how the elements of the weather would affect him. Had he been an outdoor or indoor/outdoor cat, I don't believe we would have done it. Hope this helps.
My doctor showed me this from the internet some gal from Texas moved up north somewhere and needed to get her Persian groomed...She went in and asked for a line cut, a type of cut that just shaves the belly area to prevent matting, I guess...anyway because of her Texas Twang (we don't talk funny...y'all do) the groomer thought she said LION cut and shaved the cat bald save a tuffed tail, pom pom feet and a full mane...YIKES... there was a picture of the cat and his eyes were BLAZING...
Yes - I have a part maine coon...well, did he is currently missing :( And I had him shaved every summer. He got lots of mats and hated to be brushed, so to avoid being bit too much - I would get him a lion cut every summer when it starts to get warm and he loved it! He was a much nicer kitty too!! If I could post pics I would - everyone thinks it is hilarious...
PLEASE--I hope you haven't shaved your cats. Take them to a groomer and have their hair trimmed--or they can shave them awith groomers shavers. If your cats are really matted they will certainly prefer that over having someone try to comb out their tangles. Actually some people with long-haired cats have them trimmed periodically, and the cats seems to really feel better about themselves after getting rid of all those matts. The best thing is to try to stay ahead of the tangles and comb them pretty regularly--fewer fur balls, too.
Yes -- I have my short hair cat shaved every spring and then later in the summer. His hair is very thick and it ends up being more like a buzz cut then bald. I don't have central air in my new house and I found that he was shedding more than when he was in central air so I figured he would be more comfortable with less hair and I would be more comfortable not having to bring out the vacuum every day. I found a groomer who specializes in cats in my area and she is fantastic with him. She puts a mask/muzzle something over his face so that he stays calm while she's doing it and she gives him the lions cut where his face is poofy and so is the end of his tail. I think it's worth every penny that I pay her. For my long hair cat, she is actually really well behaved and I'm able to trim her up myself. It's not always even but at least the hair doesn't get stuck in her mouth, but if she wasn't well behaved I would take her to the groomer with my other cat.