Do You Shave Your Kitty for the Summer?

Can You Shave a Cat to Beat the Heat?

Teddy Shaved
Shaved Cat – Teddy

Originally published Apr 6, 2011 – I thought it might be fun to run this post again to get more updated responses, especially after this post, Ragdoll Cat Color Change After Shaving Fur, earlier this week. reader, Christina, sent me photos her Seal Bicolor Ragdoll cat, Teddy (who has also been Ragdoll of the Week) because he got a lion cut for summer.

This is a very interesting topic – whether or not to shave your cat for the summer.

So…it begs the question – do you shave your kitty for summer?

Teddy the Shaved Cat

Teddy on his porch

Jennifer submitted these of her kitty, Phoebe the shaved cat with a Lion Cut:
A cat sitting on a cat tree



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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. I was having a hairball issue with my kitty, partially because the only medicated food that she will eat right now is dry. But getting her a Lion cut made a world of difference. She has so much energy and no belly aches.

  2. I shaved Latte two years ago. When we got home, Mocha, his litter-mate, started screaming and growling at him from across the room. It was so scary that I had to take Mocha to my mom’s while I was at work. It took about a month for him to stop growling and swatting at Latte. This year I got them both shaved and Mocha was only hateful for a few days. Mocha doesn’t seem to notice his fur is short, but Latte loves it. He has a lot more energy and he loves getting kitty massages (I like the feel of his short fur). It is a little sad looking at their short fur, but I know Latte is much happier without all that fur, and no knots!

    1. interesting – i’ve always wanted to try and shave charlie as i think he would like the results (not the process)…i don’t think trigg would mind – but you never know.

  3. Debbie Levin says:

    My baby Chelsea’s fur mats so terribly, she gets the lion cut 2 or 3 times a year. I think she looks absolutely adorable and I know she must feel so much better without those mats. It is hilarious because every time she comes home from the groomer for about a week or so, she thinks that the puff ball at the end of her tail is some unknown animal and she chases her tail, whirling around and around in a circle like crazy, trying in vain to capture that “animal”. And every time I see it, I laugh hysterically. Maybe next time I should try to video it. I will bet other cat parents with lion cut babies have had the same experience.

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