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Vet anesthetizes cats for a lion cut — 12 Comments

  1. I had to give a friend’s Persian mix cat a lion clip due to badly matted fur. She just held him while I clipped. He didn’t mind it at all, in fact, he was making biscuits and purring the whole time. These clips are sometimes necessary because the owners don’t realize their cats need daily grooming so they don’t mat. My friend learned her lesson; she kept up with his grooming as his coat grew out to its glory once again. She just brought him to me for a sanitary cut when he needed one.

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  3. Yes cats have fur just like we have clothes,it’s Natures way of keeping them warm without the encumberence of having to wear clothes.Shaving their fur away is like us walking around naked.
    We look after our own hair,we brush and comb it to keep it knot free,so why not do the same for our pets if they have the type of hair that needs a lot of attention to keep it right.

  4. I have long haired cats amongst my rescue cats and if I had one with matted fur I’d be ashamed of myself as I’d know it was MY fault.
    Karren’s russian blue “loved it” is the daftest thing I’ve heard.
    Like Ruth says,cats come with fur coats for a reason.

    • Like Ruth says,cats come with fur coats for a reason

      Yes, this is a point I missed. We don’t really have the right to cut it all off. If a cat has arthritis, treat the arthritis and groom the cat for her.

  5. I do groom her daily but the mats still occur. If I do not have her shaved it will result in a skin infection. She has a very fine undercoat that for some reason seems to fall out all at once during the weather change in spring. You can see in the picture that one of her eyes is watering. This occurs because the shedding fur gets in her nose and eyes while she is grooming herself and causes her to sneeze and have eye problems. Grooming and cat care should be considered based on the cats individual needs. Even though she gets shaved while under for other reasons I don’t think I would really have a problem if it was just for grooming given the health issues caused by the mats and loose fur.

  6. If cats weren’t meant to have fur they would be born without! They have fur coats for a reason!
    The vets I worked for would never recommend shaving a cat to save the ‘owner’ having to groom him because part of being a good cat caretaker is the brushing and combing of cats at least once daily to keep their fur healthy and knot free.

  7. The cat in your picture above is mine, I have no idea how you got this picture and really want to know. The vet is very careful and she is put under anestesia for other reasons and her fur is trimmed at that time to save her the trauma of being shaved while awake. Aside from that I cannot speak for other cat owners but my cat gets her fur shaved for health reasons. she is 15 years old and has arthritis this causes difficutly with grooming herself. In spring when she sheds she gets mats that are painful and tramatic when removed with a brush. Don’t just assume things please do research before you start spreading rumors that are not true.

    • This was posted sometime ago. The picture was on the Flickr website and published here under creative commons license (the person who posted the picture gave permission upfront for it to be published elsewhere). If your cat was anesthetised for other reasons than a lion cut and the cut was done as a secondary matter, I will apologise.

      The fact is that anesthetizing a cat carries health risks. By my estimate 1 in 400 cats die under anesthetic but there are no hard facts on this. So, to get a hair cut with that kind of risk is unjustified. That is the point I am making.

      If you groomed her daily or twice daily would that avoid the need for a lion cut?

    • Wow. I am pleased to hear that. If lion cuts can be done without anesthetic that changes everything for me because lion cuts are not bad as long as there is no downside. Was there a functional as well as an aesthetic reason for the cut? I mean without fur it is easier to keep the skin healthy.

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