People love and are attracted to Persian cats and other long haired breeds because of their long beautiful coat, so why would you then shave them? This is a very good question and their are many things to consider.
Persian cats are the most demanding cats in terms of grooming requirements. All Persian owners must be willing to do a minimum of brushing 3-5 times a week or better yet daily brushing. This is just not for appearance but to prevent mats which can multiply quickly once started and be very painful for a cat.
Shaving Persian cats is a decision many owners make to help decrease mats, hairballs and for hygiene. However, it is not necessary to shave long haired cats. And shaving does not replace brushing and grooming your cat. But it can sometimes be helpful with the above issues.
Sanitary Clip: This involves shaving just the region surrounding a cat’s genitals. As the name describes this is for cleanliness and hygiene reasons to prevent litter or poop getting stuck in this region.
Teddy Bear Cut: The aim is to have all the hair the same length all over the body. The hair is typically longer than a Lion’s cut and the hair remains long enough to prevent sun damage.
Lion Cut: The body of the cat is shaven short leaving the head, feet and tail long like a lion. There are different variations such as shaving most of the tail and legs and leaving just balls of hair on the ends of the feet and tail. (I would never recommend shaving a cat’s tail)
The cut you choose depends on your cat, its hair type, needs and health. Talk to your groomer and or vet about your cat’s needs and what would be best. Many people also choose to have only certain areas which are prone to mats shaven such as under the arms or belly.
How often should I have my cat shaven?
That depends on your cat of course. Personally, I think a Lion cut should be done 1-2 times a year at most. However Sanitary Clips may need to be done more often especially if your cat is older or can not groom himself properly.
Should I shave my cat for summer?
It is a myth that long-haired cats should be shaved for summer. A cat’s coat is designed by nature to keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Shaving a cat too short and exposure to the sun can also cause sunburn and sun damage.
Can I shave my cat at home?
Cats have extremely thin and delicate skin. The way a cat’s skin stretches and folds makes it very easy to cut while shaving. By saving money on grooming you put your cat’s health at risk and may end up with a big vet bill. While it is possible to groom at home, a lot of research and attention must be given. Using the Scaredy Cat scissors is an easy, safe and stress-free way to groom your cat at home. Read my review here.
Bottom line: You must brush your cat regularly to prevent mats. Shaving may be an option for some but is not a replacement for brushing. Do not cut the hair too short and don’t do it too often. Keeping your cat clean and comfortable and mat free is most important. If you do need to do any shaving at home it is important to use a high-quality clippers designed for pets. Believe me its worth it. It’s safer and easier. I use used and reviewed the Oster A6.
Finally here is a video of one of my favorite holistic vets discussing shaving cats and dogs. What do you think about her views of shaving?