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.
Now that we’ve established cat matting can’t be brushed out, sprayed out or washed out, what options are available? The two ways of safely removing mats are either combing them out fully or shaving them out with professional pet clippers.
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.
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. For example, some groomers will shave a cat’s fur to ½ length (if that’s what the customer wants.)
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.
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.
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.
One of the ways that animals, including cats, maintain their body temperature is through their fur. While a cat that’s been shaved may be cooler in the summer, it’s possible they can actually become overheated or too cold if they lose their ability to thermoregulate.
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.
The national average cost of cat grooming is $50, with most pet owners spending between $30 and $70.Cat Grooming Cost.
|National Average Cost||$50|
|Average Range||$30 to $70|
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.
You only need to shave off the mats. As soon as you see fur that looks untangled enough that you could comb through it, stop shaving. This will keep you from accidentally injuring your cat with the clippers. Once you’ve shaved off the worst of the matting, stop and attempt to comb out your cat’s coat again.
The main cause for matted cat fur is down to a change in your cat’s grooming habits. The bristles on their tongue usually comb the hair and prevent it from getting tangled, while simultaneously removing any dirt. Grooming also helps to move oils along the strands of hair to keep it moisturized and healthy.
When a cat sheds their undercoat, the fur can become caught in the top coat. If a cat’s fur becomes dirty or oily, it can also become entwined and matted. Matting can also occur in places on the cat’s body that involves a lot of movement such as between the legs, under the chest, and around the collar.
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.
Cats that are groomed regularly find the process much less stressful and are happier after their groom is complete.
Overstimulation and session length
Cats can become irritated with the grooming process if the sessions are always long and include tedious work picking out matted areas from their fur. Mats in the fur can be painful which can easily cause your cat to dislike grooming sessions.
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.
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.
Even though a cat doesn’t need to be shaved or trimmed, you certainly can trim or shave your cat’s coat if you so desire. Contrary to what you may have heard, shaving a cat is not cruel as long as it’s done by a professional and the cat is not unnecessarily upset or stressed by the process.
If you trim a cat’s whiskers, it often will become disoriented and have trouble moving around. A lost whisker will eventually grow back, but the cat will miss even one. Cutting the whiskers is akin to lopping off the ends of our fingers.