How to Shave a Cat

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Introduction: How to Shave a Cat

Well I search the site but didn't find an instructables on this so decided to do my own.

This is not as complicated as you might think.

Basically I have a cat, a cat with a lot of fur. The summers in my appartment can get pretty hot. Altough my cat loves to go out on the balcony he stays indoors most of the time. I didn't do this just for him mind you, he sheds alot and I'm kind of alergic to cats (doesn't mean I don't love them nor that I can't have one). So with all these things in mind I decided to have him shaved for the summer.

At first I wanted to bring him to a pet store and have "pros" do it. Then I figured that it cost about 40$, with that money I could buy a half decent trimmer and do it myself.

Piece of advice from the start, don't go cheap on the trimmer. I bought the cheapest I could find and got what I paid for... it just didn't trim anything. Returned it and bought a 40$ one which worked fine!

Ok so on with the show!

Step 1: What You Need

- A yet unkowing but most likely unwilling participant.
- A trimmer
- Gloves (very optional)
- A table

Step 2: Shaving

At first I put on leather gloves, fearing that I would get clawed like there is no tomorow.

Turns out that he obviously didn't appreciate it but didn't struggle as much as I thought.

You do have to hold the cat firmly at some points but most of the time he didn't move that much. I think he knew what I was doing and at some point actually started enjoying it.

Now the problem that I mentionned earlier about the cheap trimmer can be seen in the pictures. Basically the one I bought wasn't powerfull enough to trim the fur but since I had already started I didn't want to leave him hanging so I cut most of it with cisors (bad idea... very long and alergies did catch up to me...)

Once I exchanged for the better trimmer it was a completely different storry. He, on the other hand was QUITE unwilling to go under a second time in 2 days... but I managed.

BE CAREFULL !!! when shaving the cat's belly... I didn't pay enough attention and actually cut one of his nipples, he didn't cry or whine but he was bleeding a bit.

Obviously be carefull with the privates as well as they are just as sensitive.

Having seen shaved cats before I kind of knew what the usual trim looks like so basically I left the end of the paws intact. The tip of the tail and didn't touch his head either.

I left a mohawk on his back...



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    Oppps I forgot. I'm in Virginia/DC Metro/Maryland area so I need something equivalent so any details about the product will help!

    I am having the same issues. My cat looks similar to yours but 30pds mostly muscle but about 1/3 furrier. We can't afford the vet or a groomer but I've been a vet tech so sedating him is an option. He's never been outside either,and can't stand strangers either. Also my hubby has farming experience as he held lambs getting sheared etc when he was a kid. Not like my cat is a lamb but they too get furry knotted mats.
    Sorry for rambling just explaining....what clippers did you end up getting & where? I look online and prices are $120-290 and higher which I don't have.Please let me know make,model,where from etc....
    Thank you!
    Good luck with your beautiful fur baby ? sorry they didn't have black w/ cocoa hi lights

    This is not very good instruction. What shaver guard length did you use? What shaver? You don't mention shaving in small increments and not pulling, nor do you mention to shave in the direction the hair grows. This is an epic failure.

    how much special k is enough to sedate my kitty, but not kill it? I know a $20 sack could get me a few trimmings

    I'd like to know if there's any way I could maybe tranquilize my cat a bit first? He likes when I come the fur on his back but he's matted up on the underside and won't let me near it. Any ideas?

    Thanks, I didn't realize The vet would do that just so I could shave my kitty. I'll be asking at his next visit!

    I mentioned this in a separate comment, but you can get Acepromazine from a vet as a mild sedative. My cat is on 5 mg (at 8 1/2 lbs) and he's been pretty stoned but walking around all day. It should last 8-12 hours. It's completely safe and easy to deliver - I just hold him, open his mouth and force the pill to the back of his throat and then let go, all as fast as you can and they swallow before they even know what's going on.

    If your cat is that scared and bites during a shave, you should take him to a groomer at the vets. They can sedate the cat (kitty valium) and then you won't have to deal with any issues. Plus it's safer for you and the cat. :)

    That's a good one, I probably wouldn' try that myself for fear of giving the cat to much. I guess you could google it nonetheless.

    Regarding "kitty valium", go to a vet and ask for a sedative. I got some before a flight called Acepromazine. The pills are 10 mg each, but every animal has a different tolerance level. I have an 8 1/2 lb indoor cat (lean) that I gave a half pill (5 mg) to and within an hour he was pretty chill. I got the pills in Orange County, 4 for about $20 and now live in Houston where a nice groomer charges $75 flat fee. I'm planning to get clippers, a small cone and keep nail caps on him and do it myself in the future. Good luck to you all.