cat, photo | January 25, 2007 | 66 Comments »

There is a little bit of debate about whether shaving a cat is really helpful or if it will just make the cat unnecessarily uncomfortable. Ask your vet’s opinion first. Lion cuts are pretty standard for Persian cats, like Jake’s cat Thompson. Most groomers won’t shave the cat entirely: the fur on the cat’s feet, head, and tail all serve specific purposes.
If you decide to shave the cat, we recommend going to a professional groomer and not trying to do it yourself (anyone who has ever tried to give a cat a bath can guess why). There are cat specialists in New York, although most dog groomers also groom cats. Call around and ask. Paws in Chelsea was highly recommended to us. You can also check out Citysearch’s list of groomers and this directory of groomers. Grooming the cat will likely cost between $50 and $80, depending where you go.

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Horaayy..there are 66 comment(s) for me so far ;)

# 1 - Anonymous - 27/01/2007 - 3:14 pm

the cat on the 8th pic looks like a freakin lion!!

it’s soooooooo funny :D

# 2 - Anonymous - 27/01/2007 - 4:31 pm

THIS DOES NOT HARM THE CAT. It is not cruel to shave sheep, is it? Didn’t think of that one did you?

I have lived with cats for 10 years and I don’t shave my cat because he’s a shorthair and he’s an outdoor cat. He needs the protection from injury ( bites and claws of other cats) and cold that fur offers.

It is true that a complete fur coat insulates an animal without sweat glands, like a cat, but during hot months, cats can get overheated quickly.

Keep up the good work and always follow the grooming advice of a Veterinarian or professional pet groomer.

# 3 - tracy - 28/01/2007 - 12:22 am

this comment is for all the people who say this is ‘cruel’ it’s actually not hurting the cat at all.. and is actually recommended to shave your animals in the summer.. it’s BETTER FOR THEIR HEALTH.

and yes… it looks funny. that’s just an added bonus *grin*

# 4 - Anonymous - 29/01/2007 - 3:02 pm

well,cats SUX anway,so fuck you all and die

# 5 - Anonymous - 24/02/2007 - 8:52 am

sorry mate but that is just really creul. they look so sad. cats are meant to have fur and it looks unatural. i hope u never do that again…some one might call the rspca or animal care ppls on u if ur not careful!

# 6 - InfamousQBert - 28/02/2007 - 7:14 pm

my mom used to do this to our long-haired cats in the summer. we lived in texas and they went out-doors. they looked tragic for about an hour, but they were cooler & didn’t get as many fleas (pre-advantage, etc) or sticker-burrs in their coats.

the funniest part was that she’d leave a puff ball on their tails, poodle-style. i’m sure that got a good smirk from the neighborhood cats.

# 7 - Anonymous - 23/03/2007 - 10:44 pm


This is down right sick and curel. God, look at it, the poor cats are so miserable looking.


This is funny? Please, you guys don’t understand humour. Humours only funny until it starts getting people angry. God, u guys have nothing better to do then harm poor helpless animals.

I hope ur cat attacks your face in ur sleep. Now that will be funny.

# 8 - Ani Jane - 30/03/2007 - 6:25 am

This isn’t cruel, it’s necessary. I have 2 cats that i have to shave in the summer time because the heat is unbearable here in new orleans. they are a little out of it the first day, which is when these pictures were likely taken, but then they are way more active than before! and they don’t puke up hair balls all the time. cats don’t exactly smile all the time anyway. these ones are not depressed, they’re posed and then have their picture taken.

# 9 - Anonymous - 11/04/2007 - 4:13 pm

if you want a pet with no fur to cause you allergies, why not get a potbellied pig, or better yet, a lizard.

these owners are justifying these shavings by saying that the cats are cooler, have less hairballs, cause less allergies, etc; but i think that deep down they can’t just respect the dignity of an animal they way it’s been created, and also have WAY too much time/ money on their hands.

# 10 - Shelli - 29/06/2007 - 7:23 pm

I’m rather sure that all of the “anonymous” posters do not own long haired cats. (or apparently a dictionary)

Our poor Cougie-bear, a long haired Maine-Coon cat is 15 years old and CAN’T groom himself properly, so his fur gets all matted and he cries from the discomfort. Even brushing doesn’t help. Shaving? It helps him, and he’s happier for it.

Our two short hairs? They not only love their brush, but they CAN groom themselves, so no shaving for them.

# 11 - disgusted - 01/11/2007 - 7:14 am

These people should not be allowed to own pets. If I knew their addresses I would report them. How disgusting that in this day and age people still abuse their size and power over animals

# 12 - Sarah - 06/11/2007 - 12:29 pm

I don’t think I would call it cruel.
Usually people shave their long hair cats when they neglect to brush regularly not because they think the cat will be cooler. If you’re not going to brush don’t get a long or medium hair cat…

# 13 - Judi - 14/11/2007 - 6:26 pm

I have 2 long hair cats…one with very thick hair…I just brush them 3 times a week..would rather that, then have them look like these poor looking things =^..^=

# 14 - John828 - 03/11/2011 - 7:05 pm

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# 15 - John688 - 15/11/2011 - 2:33 am

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# 16 - Rose - 30/03/2017 - 8:30 am

That’s a slick answer to a chanlelging question

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