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post #1 of 25
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I was wondering how many of you out there shave your long hair cat? I shave mine because I don't like the way his hair feels. Don't worry He LOVES it. He acts like he is 6 months old after I do it. He even sits there and I do it by myself.
My mom has a long hair cat who is so silky and shiny. I brush mine and feed Nutro... He just has gross hair!
post #2 of 25
No, I've never had to do that. My mom had a cat though that had bowel problems and so we had to keep her back end shaved to keep her clean..plus she never groomed herself.
post #3 of 25
I shave all 3 of my long haired cats, and even one of my short haired cats. I don't mind the feel of their fur, but they hate being brushed on the belly and under their arms, so they get matted. I do it once a year at work when I clean their teeth. My short haired cat was an outside cat before I got him, so his hair is really thick to protect him from the elements. He sheds a lot!! Luckily, he doesn't have to worry about that anymore! My cats really enjoy their haircuts too, and like you said, they act like kittens again, or like little kids who always like to run around naked!
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by menagerie mama
I shave all 3 of my long haired cats, and even one of my short haired cats. I don't mind the feel of their fur, but they hate being brushed on the belly and under their arms, so they get matted. I do it once a year at work when I clean their teeth. My short haired cat was an outside cat before I got him, so his hair is really thick to protect him from the elements. He sheds a lot!! Luckily, he doesn't have to worry about that anymore! My cats really enjoy their haircuts too, and like you said, they act like kittens again, or like little kids who always like to run around naked!
post #5 of 25
I can honestly say I have never shaved my cats!
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by Luvmysphynx
I can honestly say I have never shaved my cats!
lol Nature did the job for you!

I haven't had my boys for very long, but so far they don't need to be shaved. Birmans have rabbit-like coats that don't mat, and they feel sooooo soft!
post #7 of 25
oooo coool to hear that ppl shave their cats
post #8 of 25
I shave my cat once or twice a year and he doesn't mind it at all. At first I used to take him to the vets to get it done which was quite pricey then one day I thought, heck why not try it myself and he was good as gold. Didn't move an inch and didn't mind it at all.
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by Luvmysphynx
I can honestly say I have never shaved my cats!
That's funny right there, I don't care who you are, that's funny!
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by menagerie mama
That's funny right there, I don't care who you are, that's funny!

taking lessons for Larry the cableguy? >_<

now when you guys say shave do you mean SHAVE or trim? because my friend's family shaves their dog and...the dog looks weird >_<
post #11 of 25
I shave my longhair once a year.
She doesn't tolerate a brush (horrible experience she had as a kitten) and now that she's getting older she mats terribly after her Spring shed.
post #12 of 25
No, I don't shave mine.
post #13 of 25
I have never shaved mine. They are all soft shorthaired kitties, I don't think they need it.

I used to help shave kitties when I was working for a cat rescue. We only shaved them because they were matted though, whether it be shorthaired or longhaired cats. We would get them done =)
post #14 of 25
Maybe this is the right place for this question.

I need to trim/shave Lucky's back end. She's got so much hair on her butt!! The problem is...how it the best way to do this. I've tried scissors (carefully) and it seems to work...but is their an easier or better way? and how do you control your cat if they really really don't want their bum trimmed?
post #15 of 25
Sunni was long-haired and so is Sophie. I think I'd be in some deep stuff if I'd ever tried shaving either of them! We've teased about it, especially after vacuuming the couch for the umpteenth time a day, but I'm quite sure that Sunni would have ripped off my arm with glee, and Sophie would be a tad bit more than just irritated with me!
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by Renny
Maybe this is the right place for this question.

I need to trim/shave Lucky's back end. She's got so much hair on her butt!! The problem is...how it the best way to do this. I've tried scissors (carefully) and it seems to work...but is their an easier or better way? and how do you control your cat if they really really don't want their bum trimmed?

Some people bring their cats in to the clinic to get their butts shaved about once a month or so, and that seems to work fine. Mine are knocked out completely for their teeth cleaning so they don't know it's happening until they wake up, and then they just feel great! When I say shave, I mean I shave their whole body like a lion's. All the way down to the skin, but I leave their legs and heads furry, and the tips of their tails. If you go down to the skin, go with the hair, not against it, and you'll still have a little peach fuzz left. Some people leave a big mane down their chest, but I do it up to their necks because the hair gets really long under their chins and it gets stuck in their mouths when they groom themselves. I also shave the hair on the bottoms of their feet, they get better traction that way!
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by flowerchild
taking lessons for Larry the cableguy? >_<

now when you guys say shave do you mean SHAVE or trim? because my friend's family shaves their dog and...the dog looks weird >_<
Yeah, Larry rocks!
I don't like when dogs are shaved all the way down usually, they do look weird sometimes!
post #18 of 25
My beautiful Siamese/Himilayan mix, Princess Alexis, is of course, beautiful. However, she has a double coat and mats from the skin out. She also absolutely refuses to allow me to groom her in any form, size, shape or manner.

Obviously, there are also some sanitary issues here, and she refuses to let me help her there also.

I finally blew my stack and took her to have her shaved. She was PISSED!!!! She came home looking so funny. But by the time her coat grew back in and the sanitary issues came up again, she was headbutting me to get me to have her shaved. She is now running around like a 2 year old enjoying no mats, no sanitary issues and boy, is she happy. I guess that from now on I will have to have her shaved twice a year, a small price to pay to make sure that she has no mats or other problems. By the way, she let the technician shave her without a struggle. No meds, no cuts, no anything.
post #19 of 25
No shaving for our Bijou - just vacuuming once per week. He likes to be vacuumed with the central vac when I'm cleaning on the weekends.

Also, it would be much too cool for him to be shaved especially since I believe Siamese cats don't have that double layer of fur.
post #20 of 25
I never have. they all treat me shaving or using my electric toothbrush like a spectator sport, and sniff at the brush when i show it to them, so i'm sure they wouldn't mind it.
post #21 of 25
Harley is scared of my hair dryer, my electric tooth brush and even the fan in the bathroom....I think that trying to shave him would most likely kill him!!
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by emb_78
I was wondering how many of you out there shave your long hair cat? I shave mine because I don't like the way his hair feels. Don't worry He LOVES it. He acts like he is 6 months old after I do it. He even sits there and I do it by myself.
My mom has a long hair cat who is so silky and shiny. I brush mine and feed Nutro... He just has gross hair!
It takes over three months to get the nutro coats in

If I had a longhair I would likely give a lion cut to keep the kid kewl..
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by sharky
It takes over three months to get the nutro coats in

If I had a longhair I would likely give a lion cut to keep the kid kewl..
Thanks Sharky! I do give him the lion cut, but I am going to wait a couple months to just out his coat with the new food!
post #24 of 25
Willow too loves being short she is an aged lady now and doesnt groom herself very much, she tolerates combing but she looks a greasy, ragged mess so she's much neater short. she's a good girl and doesnt need sedatives and i do a lion clip once or twice a year an i love the way she feels after
post #25 of 25
Have never needed to shave any of our cats as they've all been short haired but have definately met some who could do with it.
Used to have a boyfriend who's grandmother spun pet fur into yarn and then knitted it for the owners, she would get them to keep all the trimmings in a bag. Dogs, cats rabbits, you name it!
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