Cats have a natural, built-in insulator — their hair. This self-regulating mechanism allows them to remain warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Isn’t nature amazing? It’s still important to keep kitty hydrated with fresh water, but shaving your cat is unnecessary.
Most veterinarians typically do not recommend cutting your cat’s fur. For some long-haired breeds whose fur becomes matted or hopelessly tangled, those tangles may need to be cut out. Also there are a few styles such as the “lion’s cut” which have become popular among owners of long haired cats.
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.
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.
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. De-matting a cat is typically not a fun experience for the feline or the human.
The answer is generally “no.” Cats’ fur naturally helps to regulate their body temperature, keeping them warm in winter and cool in summer. A cat is typically well-off without the summer cut. However, some reasons that a cat summer cut might be favorable include: Excessive shedding.
The short answer is, probably not. Unless your cat has a matted coat, haircuts are usually unnecessary. It is a good idea, however, to groom your cat regularly as recommended by your veterinarian for your specific breed.
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.
At Paws, we strongly recommend investing in the furniture. Those Pantaloons are gorgeious, but they have to go! A butt trim is best done at the vet’s office as kitty’s skin is very thin. With a Sanitary Trim, kitty is now able to clean up all that poop on his legs, tummy and butt.
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.
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.
Cats that are groomed regularly find the process much less stressful and are happier after their groom is complete.
It is certainly possible that your cat is uncomfortable, itchy, or sensitive in some areas of her skin due to her recent shave, however, without more information, a physical exam and possibly even bloodwork, there is no way to say for certain.
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!
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.
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.)
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.
By far the most common cause of a bald patch on your cat’s fur is fleas or other external parasites. This is especially common on your cat’s lower back and tail. Hair loss usually occurs when your cat has an allergic reaction to the fleas saliva causing them to overgroom.
What you describe, your long haired cat getting feces caught in his hair is not uncommon. It is hard to prevent or stop. Sometimes if their stools are nice and firm, they are less “sticky” and tend to stick to the hair less.
Do Vets Do Sanitary Trim For Cats? Yes, vets do sanitary trim for cats.
The term “Lion Cut” is used by cat groomers to describe the haircut done on cats when they are completely shaved down. Professional cat groomers use a set of clippers to shave the cat’s hair very short on the body. There are a number of reasons why a cat would be shaved into a lion cut.