Oct 5 2009

Shaving Isn’t Just for Dogs Anymore!


Shaving cats seems like a foreign idea to most, but in reality it is becoming more and more common.  Living with all the hair a cat can shed throughout his/her life can be a big turn off to many.  Seeing the cat hair roll across the floor like tumble weeds, the constant hacking up of fur balls, or the hair on your clothes can become a deal breaker.  Some people are allergic to cat hair.  To live peacefully with our feline friends, one option I can suggest is shaving.  For some breeds, this can even be a necessity.

Most cats do not like the loud noise caused by a shaver or the vibrating of it next to their skin.  Precautions must be taken so you and your cat don’t get hurt.  Cats have thinner skin than most dogs and are easily cut by blades.  In order to prevent a painful wound, the right blade and proper technique must be used.  Plus, if you accidentally cut a cat, chances are the cat will never want another blade on them in the future.  I suggest having a professional groomer show you how to properly groom a cat and have them groom your cat the first few times.  This will hopefully allow your cat to become comfortable with the grooming process. 

A groomer might use a cat muzzle, which may appear to be inhumane or mean, but cats respond heavily to the visual stimuli.  A cat muzzle can prevent them from seeing a shaver and reacting due to fear.  You also need to protect yourself from cat bites.  Cat’s teeth are extremely sharp and a cat bite can cause serious pain and a nasty infection.  If you are unsure how your cat will react to grooming, a cat muzzle is a must tool.

Some cat breeds must be groomed regularly.  Persians, Himalayans and other long haired breeds cannot fully take care of themselves by licking.  Some have softer, cotton-like coats, which are easily tangled.  Grooming is an easy remedy to these minor issues.  Plus, there are a variety of really cute cuts.  The most common is the lion trim.  It leaves the head, legs and tail long.  This is an adorable cut that leaves most people in awe.  Let’s not forget about the short haired cats.  It is acceptable to shave them and can make them more comfortable as well.  If you are thinking of adopting a cat but you do not want to deal with the hair, or if you already have a cat who is constantly shedding, consider shaving them.  Shaving isn’t just for dogs anymore!

Written by Kristin Sampson
Foster Care Coordinator at Wayside Waifs


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