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Weird domestic cat haircuts and lion cuts are unethical — 8 Comments

  1. This is disrespecting the animal and should be banned. Some cats won’t groom themselves and won’t allow grooming. Sedating and shaving is necessary to remove mats. But styling and cutting for to make a fashion statement is wrong.

  2. It’s one thing if there is a mat to shave off or it is extremely hot and the baby is suffering. However, this is completely wrong!

  3. It’s not entirely true that you can only shave them if they’re sedated. Once I personally had to shave one of my cats’ bellies (I forget why at the moment but it was necessary and couldn’t wait for the vet the next day) and he actually liked it. He was a Maine Coon and was always up for anything. He loved everyone and everything; even going to the vet to flirt with the techs. Buddy was really something…

  4. I agree that altering your pet id a semi-permanent way like this to laugh at them is morally, repugnant. Ethically (for the professional) it’s shameful dollar-digging as well, and I wouldn’t do business with them. However there are temporary costume-like modifications like the lion mane head-dress that some cats seem to wear with pride, which I don’t have a problem with. It depends on the attitude you have and portray with your animal companion. We laugh at their antics which is along the same lines, and hopefully hug them right away to show it’s just in good fun. As I’ve said before, as long as they’re in on it and it’s not the reason we have them in the first place. Also, as I show with Allie’s photo, when she was my girlfriend’s cat she had her shaved in the summer to give relief from heat and tangles… not shaving the head, legs and tail was simply how it was done, not to make her look like a lion on purpose. My neighbor walked his cat with a harness that looked like a sweatshirt with a hood, that was amusing. The cat only felt loved and had no idea how she looked to us. How they look to each other is a question. It’s a fine line, how we treat our pets. If a person has to make them look funny in order to appreciate them… that’s a problem. I’d have to view the entire relationship to see what it’s about, and I don’t think one should do anything permanent like a weird cut or dye job to a pet… that’s a human personality problem that shouldn’t be visited on their companion, or their kids for that matter. I am just as revulsed to see a baby with a mohawk.

  5. This is another example of humans commodifying other species, it is ethically repellant.

    Dogs, rabbits and of course horses are species that are also treated like topiaries. I hate it.

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