Tuesday, February 5, 2008

How to shave a cat.

Regular readers of this blog know all about Rags. For those just catching up, here he is in all his furry glory:



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.

19 comments:

  1. [...] that Tony would link to it, which would give it way more exposure than my average post about shaving my cat or poetry. As I was writing, I had the thought in the back of my head that those poor saps at that [...]

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  2. That editorial was hillarious. I have a siamese and he is quite cooperative but I still have trouble getting his belly shaved. Anyway...thanks for the info and amusement~!

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  3. Rags is a gorgeous cat!

    Also, this has been the most helpful 'how to shave a cat' information I've found, with pictures and all! Thank you much! My Elliott is in need of a little trim himself, and that's how I found this... We're hoping it'll help with hairballs and the sudden flea problems since moving into the more or less 'country'... (Don't worry. It's not all we're doing about the fleas! Just one step in a grand scheme... Just don't mention it to the mice or the men) :3

    As an aside, I was so entranced by Rags that I went to see if you had other pictures. I came across that he was diagnosed with diabetes. My uncle's cat lived to quite the ripe old age. Venerable, even! So, that's my vote for no worries and many years of love to come!

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  4. Unbelievable! Is that cat really just lying there getting shaved? I'm scared to try, but she loves it afterwards. Groomers around here don't shave cats anymore.

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  5. Rags passed away in October of 2008, but to answer the question above, yes, Rags just laid there and purred while we ran the clippers and Dust Buster over him. He loved getting groomed.

    Obviously this will not work with all, or even most cats. But if they don't mind the sound, you should give it a try - they might enjoy it, too!

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  6. this cat is SO gorgeous!!!!!

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  7. [...] was big and furry and awesome. Check out his guide on how to shave a cat to see just how awesome he [...]

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  8. This will help us learn how to shave our Himalayan, Beau. THANK YOU !!

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  9. What size blade do you use

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  10. my cat eustace looks just like rags. my pastor had to catch him in a have a heart trap 2 years ago. he was so skinny. after all that his wife would not let him keep the cat. so he begged me to take him. he is a wonderful cat but very hairy and fat. he gets a lot of hairballs so i need to learn how to shave him. the top and sides are done but i haven't quite got the underside done yet.

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  11. thanks for the pics they were really helpful though i sort of read this article after i shaved my himalayan (Yoda) he gave me the death stare too. though i still have problems getting his underbelly. and im not sure how to get the matts on the backs of his legs.... i used a regular human hair buzzer and it worked like a charm he didnt mind too much because he thought he was getting brushed. but my cat is so fiesty how did u train yours?

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  12. I have a Persian mix, she is extremely hairy and does not take care of her coat very well. She was a stray as a kitten, I sometimes think shes not all there mentally. However, I have cut her hair before but never with an electric pair of clippers. Working a new job I am not home as much as I use to and the hair/fur on her belly and underarms has gotten to be so matted that I'm positive it hurts her. It simply has to, the way its clumped and gathered tightly against her skin. Long story short it costs, at the least, $dollars to have her sedated and shaved at the groomers where I live. I cannot afford this right now. Is there anything I give my cat that will put her to sleep safely or calm her down enough for me to shave her without her getting upset. Once I cut a little bit of fur she instantly knows what I'm doing but the second I get the clippers, let alone turn them on, she goes CRAZY. Please Help!!!

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  13. We were very lucky in that we had an extremely laid-back and relaxed cat who not only didn't mind getting groomed with clippers, but seemed to enjoy it. So I don't have any advice for you on what to give your cat to make her relax. Sorry :( Good luck!

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  14. We didn't have to train Rags at all - he was just naturally calm and accepting to just about anything. We got him from a shelter when he was about 2, and always wondered what his early years were like, because he came to us perfect. I've heard the laid-back nature is typical of the Ragdoll breed, just as breed characteristics differ among dog breeds.

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  15. Kelly, I think there are drops you can add to their water that helps calm them. They are made for helping anxiousness prior to travel, but they might help with your grooming.

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  16. [...] I think only certain types of cats can be shaved and I know I have seen at least one shaved Siamese before. This blog I just read is crazy, who in their right mind would shave such an awesome Kittie? [...]

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  17. I have a very anxious maine coon mix which i dont want to subject to another vet visit to shave her,,, she was practically comatose when she came home... How can we calm her down to let us shave her at home????

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  18. Great post! Love the blog. thanks for breaking it down with pictures!

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  19. hope that all that hair wasn't too rough to clean up! haha

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