Long haired cat owners..need advice. Hot summer days!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Genetti's in Dickson City, PA

I shaved my cat’s hair. It made her very soft, cut down on shedding in my home, and has drastically cut down on my allergies. She didn’t seem to mind her back at all, but quit the game when we got to her stomach. She looks pretty silly, but with all the other benefits, I can’t complain 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I use to have a persian cat, she had the most beautiful long black hair. But it was coats/layers of black hair and in the humidity would easily mat. So I brought her to the groomers and when I would go get her she was so proud. With ribbons in her hair by her ears. She looked so cute. And it grew back nice and slow so that by winter her coat was getting longer again. I recommend doing it once, see how kitty reacts, if they don’t mind it – then it’s a go. Some cats are terrified of trimmers.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We’ve had several long-haired cats and we have never shaved them.  We have A/C and they’ve always kept cool enough inside (indoor-only cats).

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I have a long haired kitty and we don’t shave him… I just brush him more often when it gets warmer since he sheds more.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

We used to own a Himalayan cat who had massive amounts of fur.  Our vet recommended we shave her in the summer for her comfort.  She LOVED being shaved- not actually when it was going on- but afterward she would strut around and be soooo affectionate!

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

FI’s mom shaves her short-haired cat for the summer (she’s kind of a round kitty and can’t reach anywhere to clean herself, so she gets hot quickly)

The cat freaking loves it. After she gets shaved she stops laying around the house and becomes social again in the heat.

The only thing is that it spooks the kitten every time. Like he doesn’t recognize her and he freaks out a bit. He is an overall scaredy-cat though, so that’s not really a surprise.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have been having the same debate about one of my cats now that we just moved to FL.

I am not sure because a roommate of mine had a hilalayan (I think) that she shaved one summer and the poor thing was sooooo embarassed. She ran under the bed and wouldnt come out for nearly a week. We assume she came out at night to eat, but not when people were awake.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Every long haired cat I’ve ever seen loved being shaved in the summer.  Not the PROCESS of shaving, mind you.  But afterwards, they seem to love it.  You don’t need a fancy lion cut if you don’t want it, just a summer shave is fine.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Kjeff760:  We have a long-haired cat and no AC (mind you, we’re in AB Canada and not that many people have AC since you don’t need it *that* often), and he’s fine. My vet has never suggested that we should shave him.

It’s hard for us as people to imagine having a big fur coat, but basically a cat’s coat has a pocket of air that cools in the heat and warms in the winter. It’s not like us wearing a fur coat or big winter jacket.

Especially since you’re getting the AC fixed, I don’t think it’s necessary at all to shave him. I think it would be a bit weird, and the cat might not like it. I know some people shave their cats but I’ve always found it a bit of an odd thing to do.

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We have a Himalayan and had his belly and behind shaved a couple weeks ago, mostly for matting and sanitary reasons since he really has a huge problem with having those regions brushed.

With that experience I would consider going to the same groomer for a full lion cut if it seemed like he was having a really rough time.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Our current boy is shaved (but it was more for matting) and our vet seems to think more people with long haired cats should do it once a year.  Mozart seems to love it, but still complains when it gets above 80.  He’s a total diva.  My family cats are both long haired and neither has been shaved, but my parents are contimplating it for our part Norweigen forrest cat this summer.  He’s so matted up and miserable.  His fur is a total nightmare to maintain.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have a long-haired cat and she’s been shaved once but due to matting not heat. I had it done at a local groomers and they said she needed to be sedated to return. Apparently it didn’t go well? Haha.. anyways. We have AC so the heat isn’t really a problem. If you think it may be though it is worth doing once and seeing if it makes a difference.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

We just shaved our ragdolls and they really seemed to enjoy the freedom they have. With 3 going to be 4 dogs and the two kitties they all seem to fight for the vents some days. The kitties  have been liking the hair cuts. It’s worth a try just once to see the reaction. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We have a Chinchilla (he lives with my parents in Australia now) and he gets shaved (lion cut) during the warmer months. Even with daily brushing (which he hates) he still gets matted, so professional grooming is the best option.

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