Pet owners should not attempt to shave their cat at home with human clippers or even clippers made for pets. Cats are not usually accepting of shaving, and their skin is very thin and could be accidentally cut. Similarly, never attempt to trim your cat’s coat using scissors.
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.
A Cat’s fur should grow back fine if he’s fully shaved or given a specialized lion trim. Fur will take four to six months to regrow fully in long-haired cats. If you shave a short-haired cat, his fur can regrow in under three months.
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.
Trazodone offers both sedative effects and anxiety relief. This makes it a good choice for many situations, including grooming, vet visits, travel, storms, or fireworks.
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.
You should never use clippers that are for humans. There are a number of great products available that are specifically for use on dogs and cats. If your cat is a breed with short hair, there is very little likelihood that the cat will develop mats. They have enough insulation for both summer and winter in their coats.
Then, pull your cat’s skin taut and gently shave off the fur in that area with clippers. Shave in the direction the fur grows in and don’t push down on the clippers or you could hurt your cat. Avoid shaving sensitive areas like the face and legs, which are more prone to nicks and cuts.
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.
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!
The best way to prevent mats from forming too frequently is to brush your cat regularly. To avoid pulling the skin, look for knots on your cat’s fur and gently detangle it with your fingers, and then with a mat comb for cats. If you use a detangling spray, only purchase a product made for cats.
Shave down or lion cut: $35-$60. These cuts preserve the hair around the face and tip of the tail but shave down the entire body. The lion cut is often recommended for extremely matted hair is exceedingly matted, for extreme heat, or for cats who are suffering from hairballs. Ear cleaning and nail trim: $30.
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.
However, we can generally say it should take between 1-3 months for the hair to grow back fully. The same applies for when the cat’s hair has been shaved.
Benadryl and Chlorpheniramine have broad use in cats for sedation and relief of anxiety during travel and grooming. Can be administered at home. Not as broad an effect as general anesthesia.
For an average sized cat, you’ll probably want to give half of a 25-milligram tablet. A 10-pound cat will most likely need about four milliliters of liquid (available at a concentration of 12.5mg/5ml) to get the right dose, he says.
Benadryl can cause sleepiness, dry mouth, or urinary retention and potentially cause some gastrointestinal upset, such as diarrhea and/or vomiting. 1 In cats, it may also cause a paradoxical effect meaning that the cat becomes very excited or jittery instead of sleepy.
Diphenhydramine (brand name: Benadryl®, Vetadryl®, Banophen®, Genahist®, Diphenhist®, Unisom®, Sominex ®) is an antihistamine used in cats, dogs, ferrets and other small mammals, birds, horses, and cattle to treat allergic reactions, motion sickness, and vomiting.