From time to time, Rags needs a haircut, as his massive girth and abundant fur combine to form a big, furry mess of a cat. Therefore, I have documented here, for your reading and viewing enjoyment, his latest haircut.
The tools necessary for proper cat shaving include:
- Sheep shears - available at farm supply stores
- A dust buster
- A cooperative cat
Position your cat on a smooth surface. You'll be able to move your cat around, and clean up will be much easier. Once your cat is in position, pick a side and shave away.
We shave him from the shoulders back, leaving his mane, legwarmers and tail. So, when you shave your cat, you should stick primarily to the mid section to avoid an ugly confrontation.
Once side one is complete, it's time to flip your cat over and hit the other side.
Continue shaving the other side until it's roughly as shorn as the first side. At this point, you may want to give your cat a scratch on the head to remind him you don't hate him.
Once both sides are sufficiently short, you may want to let your cat move around a bit. This way, he can walk off some of his resentment and anger. Prepare for many scowls hurled in your general direction.
With the hard part over with, you can begin the clean up process. Position your cat on the floor, and run the dust buster over parts that have loose hair hanging on.
Make sure to get his undercarriage, too.
Once you've vacuumed your cat, you can clean up all the shaved hair.
I've heard some people will buy animal hair on eBay and use it to make sweaters. Whatever floats your boat, I say. Depending on the size and furriness of your cat, you may have another source of income.
I'll get a picture of Rags with his new haircut as soon as he quits giving me the death stare.