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If your cat has a problem with shedding, matting, or hot weather then you may want to consider giving your cat the lion cut. The lion cut is a type of hair cut where your cat's coat is shaved with the exception of the face, mane, legs, and tip of tail. This type of hair cut is very commonly used for Himalayans and Persians. But owners with any breed of long haired cat can give their little beast the lion cut. Good hygiene is important for long hair breeds especially with regards to hairball prevention. Most professionals suggest brushing your long haired cat once a day. If this is something you know you won't be able to fit into your daily routine you should probably start shaving your cat. In addition,grooming can be rather costly, you will save a lot of money grooming your cat at home. I used to spend seventy five dollars every 4 months to have my cat groomed. This might not sound like a lot, but trust me it adds up. When you first start grooming your cat at home it will take you at least two-three hours. But as you and your cat become more comfortable with this process the time will decrease to around an hour.
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Step 1: Gather your materials

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To groom your long haired cat you will need the following:

A second person to hold/restrain your feline friend

Trimmers along with attachments

Pet brush/comb

Nail clippers

Towels or rags

Cat treats

*if your cat has greasy patches or matted clumps you may additionally need:

Corn starch

Blunt-ended scissors

Step 2: Select a location for grooming

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It has been my experience that grooming usually works best in an uncarpeted room. Trying to remove large amounts of cat hair from carpet with a normal vacuum cleaner is a huge pain, not to mention it will clog up your vacuum. I would also suggest grooming your cat on a counter or table. Your cat may not enjoy the elevation but it will make the entire process much easier. I usually groom my little fur ball on the kitchen table.

I just did my Persian and only with scissors. I don't take it down to the skin. I just put my two fingers straight with my palm down on the cat and gently pull out the fur with the two fingers and clip just underneath my hand straight across, all over her except around her neck. I allow her to take breaks and eat, go outside, etc and wait until she COMES BACK TO ME TO GET GROOMED instead of holding her down, which is traumatic. She will even come back and lay on her back for me to do her tummy and around her arms. Then I give treats. Look on my facebook page for her pictures.

julado1 month ago

You forgot to add the address of the nearest Emergency Room/A&E. ;-)

I have a Ragdoll cat and she's Awesome!! I had her cut about 3 weeks ago and it's one of the best things that I've done!! She is one happy cat and so am !!!

t_racey2 years ago
looked like a beautiful cat before it was shaved, if people don't have time to groom certain types of pets they should pick a short haired breed in the first place

you obviously dont understand the logic behind shaving a long hair cat, since these cats live indoors their diet is based on wet or dry foods they dont nibble on outside grass, sticks and eat mice which makes hard for them to digest the hair they groom off while they lick their body, that hair gets stuck inside their intestines and causes a lot of pain and suffering for the cat, so in shaving them you are actually helping and relieving the cat from a lot of suffering.

WayneEarl9 months ago

sometimes, doing something difficult that is best for the cat is necessary. It was suggested to me by someone I admire greatly that if one cannot do this with a beloved pet, then one should never, ever even consider having children.

Yeah, i know. That suggestion pissed me off too. But in my case, me being upset didnt in any way lessen it's correctness. For some reason, reality doesn care at all if I'm offended by it.

Great 'able. Very good point about the nail trimming. Also, would suggest not using the table if the cat has been trained to not be on thetable in the first place. Trimming on the kitchen or bathroom floor prevents this. Cats are creatures of consistancy, above all else, and trimming the cat on a forbidden table will.cause the cat orders of magnitude more anxiety.

ccataraso1 year ago
I tried to bring my clippers to my cat and he flipped out. He's normally a calm cat. I rather send my cat to a cat groomer.
studleylee1 year ago
That is one mellow kitty!
catgyrl2 years ago
I used to take my old black longhaired best-buddy to a groomer for this in early summer time. The first time he seemed really embarrassed by the way he looked. Then he realized how much cooler he felt in the summer and that he wasn't having to swallow a bunch of hair when he groomed himself. PLus, all his hair mats were finnaly just gone! YIPPEE! What a relief! After that first time, he always strutted around after getting his lion cut every year.

Unfortunately he died last July, so now I have another named Houdini. This will be his first time getting his lion cut. I think I will have a groomer do it this first time and then use your wonderful detailed instructions to try it myself next summer. After all, besides gtting a few scratches, buying all the tools needed just once will pay for itself by the next year and save me about $100 every year after that.

Do you have any suggestions about maybe light kitty downers to help them relax and not be so freaked by the buzzing of the hair trimmer? - Catgyrl

ilpug3 years ago
Cat dignity level: zero. Owner entertainment level: Over 9,00.

Me likey.
meralgia3 years ago
what do you use her hair for? for a small fee, I could try and spin it into yarn!! ;)
Ase0esA3 years ago
aww poor cat :(
I wouldnt do this to my furry babies!
agrodolce3 years ago
Make sure your cat's skin is taut, too. I know you mentioned not letting the blade touch the cat but if you're using a bare blade, it's difficult not to. Periodically touch the blade to the inside of your wrist (like you would test milk from a heated baby bottle) or to your lower lip (yes, on your face) to make sure it's not hot enough to burn the cat.

I'm really interested in seeing the pictures of jackassed cats with a half-inch strip of fur missing from their backs, and their owner's bleeding fingers, after people try this with their psychotic cats. There was only 1 cat groomer in our salon for a reason (she was nuts). This must have been a REALLY CALM CAT.

Seriously though, please be careful you guys! Cat skin is really easy to make giant holes in!
scoochmaroo3 years ago
One of my cats used to love this! (the other, not so much. . . )
Flintlock3 years ago
My cat.... Is going to be so angry.

I love it.
How cute! I hope your cat likes it too!