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Should I have my long haired cat shaved?

post #1 of 31
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Hello everyone, I have a beautiful ragdoll baby with glorious long fur. He is a big boy. Lately he has been matting up pretty badly. I try my best to comb him everyday and remove the matts safely. Lately it's been hard to keep up. The hair on his chest aka his lions mane has gotten so long that he obsessively licks it and it kind of gets stuck in his mouth.

I am wondering if the best thing to do for him is to have a groomer come over and give him the lion cut. Would he be cold? I live in Florida so it's pretty warm year round.

I would love to hear opinions on shaving cats and weather it's the best thing to do here. Thank you. wavey.gif
post #2 of 31

My long haired cat, Forest, gets a lion cut once a year. He doesn't like being groomed but the only time this is a problem is around February ~ March when his fur gets to it's full length. We have very cold winters here, I think that is why his coat gets extra long.

 

He gets shaved every April. I ask the vet not to shave his tail as I've heard this takes forever to grow back. It never gets matted anyway.

 

As long as you live in a warm climate it should be OK to have a lion cut now.

 

Does your cat struggle when you try to groom him? Forest gets a mild sedative before his haircut.

 

Here are his before and after pictures. He always seems much happier after he's been shaved. I think those mats must be uncomfortable.

 

post #3 of 31
So long as it's not too cold that's fine. Agree with not shaving the tail, my friend used to shave her Persian in the summer and one year she did his tail. He couldn't work out why this strange thing was following him everywhere.
post #4 of 31
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Originally Posted by Charlies Mom View Post

Hello everyone, I have a beautiful ragdoll baby with glorious long fur. He is a big boy. Lately he has been matting up pretty badly. I try my best to comb him everyday and remove the matts safely. Lately it's been hard to keep up. The hair on his chest aka his lions mane has gotten so long that he obsessively licks it and it kind of gets stuck in his mouth.

I am wondering if the best thing to do for him is to have a groomer come over and give him the lion cut. Would he be cold? I live in Florida so it's pretty warm year round.

I would love to hear opinions on shaving cats and weather it's the best thing to do here. Thank you. wavey.gif

Since you're in Florida, I'd say go for it. I tried to have it done on my 2 Persian females. Key word in that sentence is TRIED. :lol3:

 

They were not having it. My Lilith already thinks she is a 5 pound lion. She took down 3 grown men who wanted to give her back to me the way she was. She was not matted or anything, I was looking to prevent it. After pleading from me. they managed to give her the sanitary shave and that's it. She also got us banned from that groomer. :doh3:

 

My Sophie was a little better but she also let them know that she was not having the lion cut. 

 

After you get the lion cut done, make sure that you get her used to regular grooming ASAP. She will still need it for the areas that are not shaved. 

 

We'd LOVE to see pictures of him!! :love:

post #5 of 31
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Originally Posted by Norachan View Post
 

My long haired cat, Forest, gets a lion cut once a year. He doesn't like being groomed but the only time this is a problem is around February ~ March when his fur gets to it's full length. We have very cold winters here, I think that is why his coat gets extra long.

 

He gets shaved every April. I ask the vet not to shave his tail as I've heard this takes forever to grow back. It never gets matted anyway.

 

As long as you live in a warm climate it should be OK to have a lion cut now.

 

Does your cat struggle when you try to groom him? Forest gets a mild sedative before his haircut.

 

Here are his before and after pictures. He always seems much happier after he's been shaved. I think those mats must be uncomfortable.

 

  I just love Forest   He's so gorgeous. :love: :9:

post #6 of 31
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. I just want to do what is best for him. And I feel that he's uncomfortable with matts and hair getting in his mouth. It breaks my heart to shave his beautiful coat.

He's never been to a professional groomer, and he only tolerates it when I groom him. So fingers crossed it goes well.
post #7 of 31
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post #8 of 31
My mom got her cat groomed bcz he was getting dandruff really bad and it was suggested by the vet. He did really well and looked so funny bcz he's huge lol if I can find the pic I will post it
post #9 of 31
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  I just love Forest   He's so gorgeous. love.gif  cloud9.gif

Thanks for this. Makes me feel better about doing it. Forrest is so majestic. Even with the lion cut he looks great.
post #10 of 31
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Originally Posted by Norachan View Post

My long haired cat, Forest, gets a lion cut once a year. He doesn't like being groomed but the only time this is a problem is around February ~ March when his fur gets to it's full length. We have very cold winters here, I think that is why his coat gets extra long.

He gets shaved every April. I ask the vet not to shave his tail as I've heard this takes forever to grow back. It never gets matted anyway.

As long as you live in a warm climate it should be OK to have a lion cut now.

Does your cat struggle when you try to groom him? Forest gets a mild sedative before his haircut.

Here are his before and after pictures. He always seems much happier after he's been shaved. I think those mats must be uncomfortable.





Oh my goodness Forrest is so gorgeous, even looks good with the haircut. He tolerates it when I groom him, he doesn't enjoy it, but he lets it happen. So hopefully he will let the groomer do her thing.
post #11 of 31
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Here you can see the exsessive licking of the mane.
Edited by Charlies Mom - 1/5/17 at 10:02am
post #12 of 31
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He's a beautiful cat! Love that furry tummy.

 

:love:

post #13 of 31
If he is matted badly enough, I'd go for the shave. However, if not that bad, you could inquire about just a trim to shorten the length.
post #14 of 31

How cats were created is how cats should be, whether longhaired, shorthaired, or semi-hairless.  Grooming is essential in all hair lengths, whether with brush, comb, Furminator, or bath (for the "hairless" breeds).  Personally, I would never consider having a cat shaved except in situations where the matting is so severe as to be un-combable/un-brushable.

post #15 of 31
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Originally Posted by Charlies Mom View Post

Thanks everyone. I just want to do what is best for him. And I feel that he's uncomfortable with matts and hair getting in his mouth. It breaks my heart to shave his beautiful coat.

He's never been to a professional groomer, and he only tolerates it when I groom him. So fingers crossed it goes well.

Our outdoor cat Pixie gets shaved every summer at the groomer. She absolutely loves it. (She doesn't know she looks like ET afterwards.)
post #16 of 31

Gorgeous, both ways.

post #17 of 31

Maybe after his initial groomer shaving you can keep him Furminated and/or brushed and matt-free!  It isn't always easy with longhairs, especially if they have a cottony undercoat, I know.  But hope you can. 

post #18 of 31

I wonder if you could just take the mats out and then trim an inch or two of length off his fur instead of just a straight off shave? I have had longhaired kitties in the past and just loved all that fluff. :heart3: Sure, it's a bit of a pain in upkeep but a well kept coat is gorgeous. 

post #19 of 31

Were debating this currently as well.  Vet told us that we can just cut the mats out and a full shave isn't necessary.  We're thinking just doing a sanitary trim to prevent dingleberries

post #20 of 31

I got tired of the struggle of trying to keep the mats in check .  My cat  hates the furminator so I bought electric trimmers and plan on shaving them off this afternoon.  

post #21 of 31
I personally am not a big fan of shaving cats in general unless it's an extreme situation (I know a longhaired cat who had gone all his life without grooming and was so severely matted the only way to get them off was to shave him, for example, and he's now being socialized to grooming while his coat is growing back out to prevent it from happening again) but I think in your cat's case a trim would be helpful. I have a half-Ragdoll girl who has that fluffy coat and while she's never gotten professional grooming I've given her trims here and there, because she does the same thing your boy seems to be doing with the neck ruff. Trimming hers down a little bit seems to have stopped it. I would suggest keeping him trimmed down to a manageable length and work on socializing him to brushing if he needs it to help keep up with the mats better. I just hate to see a gorgeous long coat get shaved when there's other ways of keeping it taken care of. A trim is cheaper and easier to get done, too, and if you give him some practice at home (trim little bits here and there, just a tiny bit off the end so it doesn't scare him or make him look patchy, and give him tons of treats and loves for letting you) he'll learn to sit nicely for a full trim at the groomer's and make it way easier for everyone.
post #22 of 31

Charlie's Mom,

I have two Ragdolls that I have to keep shaved.  They are half-brother and sister.  When they were about four years old Simba started licking and just wouldn't stop. He was getting cortisone shots, which I know is bad, but I didn't know what to do.  At six or seven years old he stopped eating and wouldn't move. Another trip to the vet, who said to 'give him another 24 hours,' which turned into giving him 96 hours. By that time I was scared to death and took him to a town which was larger and had more equipment. On a hunch, the vet said as I was getting ready to leave with no results said, "Let's x-ray him to see if that shows anything." Well, it did. His stomach was so full of fur that it was packed and starting down his intestine.  The only way to get it out was surgery and I was petrified. His incision was from his chest all the way down, as she wanted to check his liver. Simba pulled through with flying colors.  The local vets said to give him Laxatone and Lactulose daily, but that did nothing. About a year later, it happened again and I knew right away what it was.  I had been watching him like a hawk, but I guess I went to sleep. The second time the vet didn't want to make an incision into his stomach because he was getting older and she said something else about scar tissue in the stomach. I took him back to the larger town and they were able to get it out with an endoscope. Never again will I put him through that.  As badly as I hated to, I had both of them shaved. I just cried and cried when I saw all that beautiful fur gone, but hey, I love my cats so much more than their fur;  they are my life. I haven't had any more trouble, rather they haven't, but they still lick.  I think it's a grooming "addiction."They are twelve years old and going strong. So if you suspect a hairball, please have him x-rayed. You're cat is so beautiful. Mine are mitted seal points. Other than that, I don't know what to tell you.  Hairball food does not work. I know exactly how you feel, but my Simba wouldn't have made it more than another day or two. He has never eaten like he did before the surgery and I worry about him constantly. Just don't wait until it's too late.  His love for you and yours for him won't change a bit!  Good luck!

post #23 of 31
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Originally Posted by JMJimmy View Post
 

Were debating this currently as well.  Vet told us that we can just cut the mats out and a full shave isn't necessary.  We're thinking just doing a sanitary trim to prevent dingleberries

A sanitary trim is a good idea. Even if you decide to have the cat shaved all over it doesn't need to be right down to the skin. Forest gets a 2 mm buzz cut, which means the mats are gone but he's not totally bald.

post #24 of 31
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Originally Posted by Norachan View Post
 

A sanitary trim is a good idea. Even if you decide to have the cat shaved all over it doesn't need to be right down to the skin. Forest gets a 2 mm buzz cut, which means the mats are gone but he's not totally bald.

 

The debate is actually between what's best for the cat and what's best for Alpha Kitty - she's been breaking out in hives due to the dander from our new long haired friend. 

post #25 of 31
My cat, Simba, is the one I wrote about his hairball surgery. I just wanted to add that neither one of my Ragdolls have ever had a mat, and their fur is super long, too. They either had allergies or are just over groomers. I have to get them shaved short because that's all they will do--but NOT HIS TAIL. And also, every other month. Minka, his sister has to be sedated!
post #26 of 31
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Thank you everyone for your replies. It really saddens me that I have to shave him because his fur is so beautiful. But at this point brushing out the matts ar very painful for him. I still brush him everyday and I will do better to get into a grooming routine with him.

I'll post one more picture of his fluffiness and then an after picture of his haircut.
post #27 of 31
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post #28 of 31
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Originally Posted by Charlies Mom View Post

Thank you everyone for your replies. It really saddens me that I have to shave him because his fur is so beautiful. But at this point brushing out the matts ar very painful for him. I still brush him everyday and I will do better to get into a grooming routine with him.

I'll post one more picture of his fluffiness and then an after picture of his haircut.

 

You can just cut out individual mats instead of brushing them if you really don't want to shave.  Very quick and painless (easier than a trip to the groomers for us ;)

post #29 of 31

What an adorable pic of an adorable boy! :love:

post #30 of 31
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Originally Posted by Charlies Mom View Post

Thank you everyone for your replies. It really saddens me that I have to shave him because his fur is so beautiful. But at this point brushing out the matts ar very painful for him. I still brush him everyday and I will do better to get into a grooming routine with him.

I'll post one more picture of his fluffiness and then an after picture of his haircut.

I'd love to see that.

 

I know it's sad to think of him losing all his fluff, but it will grow back within 6 months. Cutting the mats out is an option if he only has a few small mats, but if there are a lot he's going to end up looking like he's been wrestling with a lawn mower. A good groomer will trim the fur at the top of his legs and around his head so you don't get a sudden step from short fur to long. He'll look really spiffy when he's done. 

 

I love the "bob" Forest gets when he has his lion-cut.

 

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