Cat Depression After Shaving. As robust as their independent personalities seem to be, our furry little friends do not like change. Having a haircut or a trim can leave them feeling a little invaded, especially if they don’t take kindly to the grooming process and/or find it traumatic.
Yes, you can shave your cat to stop or minimize the shedding. However, shaving should be avoided as much as possible since it may remove protective hairs that help cats regulate their body temperature. Some cats may also find shaving as painful while some others are fearful of being shaved.
Shaving can be a drastic change for felines. They might feel violated and vulnerable, leading to episodes of depression. They might feel relieved after the removal of a mat, or afraid and sensitive, especially if their skin becomes irritated.
In some unfortunate situations, cats can have traumatic experiences with their groomers. If your cat is showing trauma responses like hiding or losing appetite since they’ve gotten home from their appointment, this could be the case.
Generally, a shaved healthy cat should start to grow some fluff back after a couple of weeks. Short-haired cats will have their hair back within 2 months, while long-haired cats may have to wait as long as 6 months before their coat is fully regrown.
As mentioned above, the lion cut is most useful for the long-haired cats, and not really required on the shorter haired. As the cat ages, and gets to be considered old, the lion cut can become more dangerous. Depending on the age and fragility of the cat, some will not be able to tolerate this type of groom.
Both vets and groomers have been trained to shave cats, and they’ll be able to do it without injuring your furry friend. This will be a more expensive option than doing it yourself, but it’s also the safest choice for your pet.
Mats in cat fur are not only unsightly, but they are also painful to your cat. They can lead to skin irritation and infection if they’re not removed.
Scratching and hissing during a groomer visit can raise rates an average of $5-$10, or more, as hazard pay. Larger cats and long-haired cats that take longer to groom will also usually cost more. Here are some examples of cat grooming average costs: Shave down or lion cut: $35-$60.
Razor rash is the term used for the red, irritated, itchy skin that appears after your pet has been clipped. It is usually limited to a certain area, commonly the belly, anus, or face. This rash appears because your pet has sensitive skin and the clippers may irritate the skin in those areas.
After the Shavedown
This is due to the mats constantly pulling and tugging on kitty’s skin as it moves, walks and rolls around. But once the mats are often, sensation can rush back to your cat’s skin causing them to be more sensitive and even for them to cause wounds to develop days later.
Lion & Teddy Bear Cut. A lion cut is for when a cat becomes severely matted. A teddy bear cut is for cats that have no matting, but the owners still want a shortish cut. The lion cut was originally the term used by vets to explain to cat owners what their cat would look like once the cut was completed.
Some hairless breeds such as the Sphynx do chill more easily, although even they probably don’t need a sweater unless they are in a particularly cold outdoor environment, Sikule says. Some vets also recommend sweaters, or at least a T-shirt, for cats who have been shaved for surgery.
Cat Groomers Provide a Thorough Brushing and/or Trim
Long-haired cats may need daily brushing. Cat groomers go above and beyond your regular brushing session. They tackle matted fur and knots and provide a trim to long-haired pets who need more maintenance.
The good news is that most cats like being brushed and groomed. Even so, here’s how to acclimate them to the brushing routine: Get comfy: To start, make sure your cat is comfortable and receptive to being touched.
If your cat has been clipped and the hair is failing to grow back, it may be due to a hormonal deficiency or imbalance. In order to diagnose this, blood samples are necessary to measure concentrations of various hormones.
It is ok to give your long-haired dog or cat a “summer cut”—trimming their long hair may make it more manageable. However, it is best to allow a professional groomer to perform the haircutting, and never shave down to the skin or try to cut the hair yourself with scissors.
The coat should grow back in 2-3 months. After the operation the small incision in the skin is sutured (stitched).
In some cats it is necessary to shave areas of fur for the placement of drips and some of the anaesthetic monitoring equipment. The areas that are often shaved are on the front legs, the wrist and under the tail. If blood tests need to be taken there may also be a shaved area under the neck.
Shaving can help Persian, Himalayan, and other long-haired cats feel more comfortable and cooler during the hot summer months. Additionally, shaving will remove mats and tangles and make grooming easier.
Who gets a Lion Cut and why? Cats can get lion cuts whether they are long or short-haired. The most common reason for a lion cut is matting. If a cat is already matted, the best and most humane option is to shave the cat into a lion cut, then get the cat on a regular grooming schedule to prevent matting.
Dry Skin & Matted Fur
However, many cat owners absolutely swear by using olive oil topically on cats. Not to combat dry skin, but to remove pesky matted fur! To do this, use a syringe (the non-needle kind) to apply olive oil to the base of the matt as close to the skin as possible, gently rub it in, and then—poof!