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. De-matting a cat is typically not a fun experience for the feline or the human.
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.
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.
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.
Cats who do not like to be bathed often can become more tractable with a tranquilizer or antianxiety medication. If your cat is afraid of the sound of clippers or constantly tries to escape from the grooming surface, he could benefit from light to moderate sedation.
Cat hair can safely be trimmed if you’re careful. Trimming a long-haired cat can be a challenge, but with a little practice and the right tools, your kitty’s fur should be looking its best in no time. Some tips will help you trim your long-haired cat’s fur safely and determine when a trip to the groomer is in order.
The answer is yes, you can, but they’re not always the best option. While you could use human clippers to shave your cat, it would be preferable to use clippers designed for animal fur instead.
It is generally recommended to groom long-haired and medium-haired cats on a daily basis while short-haired cats require grooming about once a week.
If a cat’s claws are not trimmed on a regular basis, they can curl in on themselves and grow into the foot pad, causing intense pain. Untrimmed nails can also pose a hazard to people and furniture, both of which can be injured by too-long claws.
Both indoor and outdoor cats need to have their nails trimmed because their nails can be snagged and caught in soft surfaces, or the cat may lose their ability to retract their claws altogether. Arthritic cats, indoors or out, usually don’t exercise enough to keep their nails short via scratching.
If your cat didn’t notice, clip another nail, but don’t trim more than two claws in one sitting until your cat is comfortable. Be sure to reward her with a special treat afterward. Please note, you may want to do just one paw at a time for the first couple of sessions.
Dry Skin & Matted Fur
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! —a few days later, the mat just falls off.
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.
So matting of the fur may be your first indicator that your pet is anemic, isn’t breathing well, has kidney failure, is diabetic, has heart disease or even cancer. It is your cat’s way of showing you he/she isn’t feeling well. Stress will also influence grooming habits.
Starting at the tip of the hair, comb or brush the mat and gently “work” the tangle out. It’s important to start at the tip of the hair and comb it first. Then keep working toward the root. The cornstarch helps the comb glide through the mat.
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.
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.
TEDDY BEAR CUTS
Sometimes known as a Comb Cut or Kitten Clip, with the Teddy Bear Cut you get everything in the Bath & Groom Package but at the end I shrink your kitty down to about a ½” in length all over your cat’s body. Your kitty will literally look like a stuffed teddy bear when I’m done.