Should I Shave my Cat

Shaving pets have been a practice for a long time now. Many pet owners have their animal companions shaved for a variety of reasons – depending on the need and purpose. In cats, there is also a number of reasons why one would want a shaved cat. It has benefits – not only for your cat but for you as well. Learn more about this subject as you read along!

Warning, expect funny shaved cats below!

Why Should I Shave my Cat?

Having a shaved cat is not a bad idea at all. There are actually a number of reasons that will tell you why you should have your cat shaved:

  1. Medical Reasons - Some medical procedures will require shaving certain body parts of your cat in order to smoothly carry out the procedure. This is done so that the vet will be able to clearly see the affected area that needs treatment. The ultrasound sensor wouldn’t work with all the fur in the way.
  2. Skin Problems - If your cat is currently suffering from skin problems that require the application of topical solutions, it will be hard to reach the area of infection if there will be tons of fur there. This is especially necessary for longhair breeds of cats.
  3. Grooming - Well, of course, there is also this reason – for grooming. There are cats that come in all shapes and sizes, longhair or shorthair breeds that need shaving once in a while. Although take note that not all cats need to be shaved to be groomed. So cats only require regular brushing. Shaving cats for grooming purposes help minimize shedding. Also, there are some cats – like old and obese ones – that already lack the capacity to groom themselves. Bringing them in pet salons that specialize in this kind of service is going to be really helpful for them. And cats paws always get dirty, a shave will keep dirt at bay.
  4. Maintain proper hygiene - There will be times that cat’s fur will eventually form matting. Oftentimes, this occurrence leaves bruised and irritated skin that’s really uncomfortable for your cat.
  5. Relief from heat - This is a common occurrence during the hot summer days. Again let us remember that shaving is not for all cats. It is best if you can consult with your vet first before deciding to have your cat shaved; they will be the ones to know if your cat will need shaving or not. In cases that your cat needs to be shaved to get relief from heat then you can go ahead and bring your cat to your most trusted pet salon.

Can I Shave my Cat?

N – O, yes that’s a big NO right there. Unless you are an authorized person to do so then maybe you can. You know like, if you work in these professional pet salons and you happen to own a cat; probably then you can shave your cat. But as long as you do not have the skill set and the capacity to shave your own cat – don’t. You might end up injuring your cat in the process, and yourself as well.

How to Shave a Cat?

But well, if you must insist – might as well do it the right way. First of all, gather all the materials you will need like gloves, razor blades, towels and some cat treats! Don’t forget the cat treats! This is a way to keep your cat at ease during the shaving process.

Next is to get a companion, someone that's okay with handling your cat and someone who your cat is comfortable with. During the shaving procedure, remember to not shave too close to your cat's skin; you would want your cat to have any protection from the sun, right?

Also, keep in mind to avoid shaving in areas that are highly sensitive like the legs and the paws. This is why when you observe professional groomers; they leave out the fur on the head, legs, and tail. After you are done with the shaving process, do not skip the post-shave care that should be provided to avoid any problems that may occur.

Then again, shaving your cat on your own is not advisable. It is so much better to have individuals that had training in grooming pets do the job.

Consequences of Having a Shaved Cat

Well, one thing is for sure – there will be a lot of benefits after having your cat shaved; not only for your cat but also for you (but okay it is mostly for your cat’s benefit).

What’s in it for your cat? - After shaving, your cat will feel more refreshed than ever – especially during the summer where it is extra hot. It will be easier for your cat to groom itself. Shaving is very helpful for cats that are already obese and are having a hard time grooming on its own; unable to reach some nooks and crannies of its body. During medical procedures, having a shaved cat (be it in certain parts of its body) will make the procedure a tad easier. Not to mention, cleaner and more hygienic, with little to no fur at all getting in the way.

What’s it got to do with you? - Well now, for you as its human companion – you will encounter lesser problems with cleaning, maintenance, and management of cat fur. You will not have to worry about mats starting to build up in your cat's fur – just have it shaved off! Cats also tend to shed less after being shaved, so even before you cat sheds like there's no tomorrow, have it shaved already.

Is it Too Much to Have Shaved Designs on my Cat?

Well, to answer this question, you have to first ask yourself the reason why you are having your cat shaved? Who is the shaving for, is it for your sake or your cat’s?

Cats really do not care about having designs on their fur. Seeing as there is some language barrier between humans and cats, we cannot ask our cats directly if they want to get those designs on their fur. Thing is, most likely our cats wouldn’t even know what these designs mean – and then, it ends up being for our amusement only.

If our reason is for aesthetics, maybe our cats do not even care about aesthetics. They are already naturally occurring beauties and wonders of nature.

Maybe some would say that there is nothing wrong with shaving designs in our cat’s backs (or even our other pets), they will not be hurt after all – but what we have to keep in mind is the purpose. If it will benefit us more than our cats will do, then maybe we should rethink our decision.

There you go! I hope that some of the questions you got in mind finally got a satisfying answer. Basically, when doing anything for our beloved pets, what we should always do and think about is: who will benefit from here the most? If the answer is our beloved furry friends then we’re on the right path and it is probably necessary!

Rebecca Welters

Yes, I am that weird cat lady with 200 cats and live in the darkest corner of the city where no one dares to go! Joking! But I am a cat lover and have 2 Ragdoll cats called Toby, he's 3 years old and Dory, she's 8 years old. I'm 36 years old and live in the quiet town of Washington.

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