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Old 06-01-2010, 11:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It's summer and in Houston it's typically 90-100 degree weather. It's HOT and humid. My house gets hot and my cat starts panting sometimes. His brother is always forcing him to run around the house and always chasing him so that adds to the overheating. Our house gets extremely hot too. I usually take a damp cloth and lather them with it, and put ice cubes in their water trays. We leave the AC on but for some reason our AC sucks. We have to get that fixed. But in the meantime, should I take him to the Petsmart/PETCO groomer and get a lion cut? Or is it totally unnecessary? He is definitely no persian and I know the only time when people get the cats a lion cut is when the cat has really bad mats. Like at the shelter when we get persians who have been neglected and whatnot. That's the only time we shave.

Here are some pictures to give you an idea, he's medium haired, but he gets soooo hot.





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It is sooo ugly but hey, if it keeps him cool and comfortable then why shouldn't I?
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes only if you keep him away from mirrors.

Will he be more comfortable? Is he liable for any harm from it? i.e. Could it bother a cat psychologically?
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I think lion cuts are adorable! I believe we have members here who cut them because of the heat, I know I have friends that do. I've considered it a couple times. When Cleo adopted me, her fur was just growing out from one.
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Our AC is also inefficient. Last year, we bought two small window units and placed them at either end of the house and they help considerably. I am not a big fan of lion cuts, even though they can look cute, but if you wish to shave to help the cat keep cool, I would only shave their belly so they will feel cooler when laying on linoleum or tile and still have fur over their back to protect from sunburn (windows) and rough play with other household kitties.
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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It could be a good idea since you do live in a hot environment. Last summer Snow Cat stopped grooming himself and got a little matted on his chest. Once we noticed we took him to the vet who said his teeth were bad. So he had most of his teeth removed but bled all over himself after surgery. Between the blood and the mats he was a mess so we went ahead and had him shaved. I thought he was going to be bald so when my husband brought him home, opened the carrier and out popped this cat with a full head of hair, a big puff ball tail, and furry 'boots' I nearly died laughing. I wish I had more pictures because it was a priceless sight.

I didn't want to do it again because it does get cold here pretty quickly in the fall but he's starting to mat just a little bit again and I think his last remaining teeth need to be yanked so a royal affront to his dignity is in order.
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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i thought lion cuts were pretty cute, and from the picture you posted, he ll look like he s wearing boots
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Here are a couple pictures of Cleo before I got her - shaved and with a tiny little sweater.




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Old 06-02-2010, 02:33 AM   #8 (permalink)
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ZOMG! That sweater is the cutest thing!
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I'm all for it if its going to help him be more comfortable. I know in dogs, we recommend against shaving double coated breeds because their coats are designed to keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and shaving takes away that natural ability. BUT I don't think thats the case for cats. If you don't want the full out shave. Try just shaving the fur on his tummy and inside back legs. That will make it easier for him to cool down by laying on the tile floor.

P.S. Cleo looks SOOO cute in her little sweater! AWE!
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I agree with just shaving the belly. Cocker spaniel owners often do that, especially if they like to keep the dog in a longer coat. You can't tell from looking at the side, but the animal is so much cooler.
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