It can be traumatizing - While it may seem that they would be relieved, shaving your cat can be a very traumatizing and stressful experience for them, especially if they are unfamiliar with it and/or with whoever does the grooming.
Although shaving a cat is not usually necessary, it’s not cruel when it’s done safely by a professional and as long as the cat isn’t overly upset or stressed by the process.
A pet’s coat is designed by nature to keep it cool during the summer and warm in the winter. By shaving your pet you usually interfere with this built-in temperature regulation. Cats, in particular, are very good at regulating body temperature and “really get no benefit from being shaved,” says Mark J.
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.
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.
Shaving is dangerous because the cat’s skin is so thin from age and/or health issues. The risk of nicking or cutting the cat is very high. Shaving the pelt off requires using a clipper blade very close to the cat’s skin, and sometimes the ability to see what is underneath is inhibited by the pelt.
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.
If the mats are only affecting your cat’s fur, a professional groomer can remove them either by combing or by shaving them off with electric clippers. If the mats are affecting the skin as well, veterinary care may be needed to remove them and care for any inflammation and irritation of the skin.
In a word: no. It’s more complicated than that, though. Your cat’s fur does a lot of things, and it’s an excellent insulator. Not only does his coat keep him warm during colder weather, it can actually keep him cooler in hot weather by trapping cool air against his skin.
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!
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.
Cats that are groomed regularly find the process much less stressful and are happier after their groom is complete.
Yes, you can shave a cat, but you should only shave a cat in very specific situations. There could be times when your cat needs to be shaved, but those are either medically necessary or due to a cat’s discomfort.
A Cat’s Behavior Post-Shave
You may see your cat shivering after a lion cut or other major trim due to becoming cold more easily. The cat’s skin may also be more sensitive for a variety of reasons. Additionally, the shaving process itself may have been stressful to the cat and may have upset it.
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.
If your cat’s fur becomes matted, you can try to brush or comb it out using your fingers or a mat breaker. Mat breakers are smaller than typical grooming brushes and can sometimes detangle mats that are not too tight. However, you do not want to cause your cat any pain or the stress of a prolonged brushing session.
Cat hair can become matted either because of shedding or movement. When a cat sheds, hair can tangle with the intact hairs and form knots. On the other hand, frequent movement can cause the fur to mat as well.
Coconut oil does help matted fur. Rubbing coconut oil throughout your cat’s fur can act as a natural detangler. This is a great trick to use if your comb is having trouble breaking up mats. Coconut oil is also safe to ingest and leaves your cat smelling good.
Yes, cats get sedated for grooming. For some cats, the most humane approach to groom them gently is to use soothing medicine. Consult your veterinarian before using any of these medications. They may recommend a specific sedative for your cat based on their needs.