I will preface this with saying, most people shouldn't do this but I am very lucky in that I can shave my own cat. I do this because he matts so easily and he gets so hot in the summer. The heat really bothers him, much more than my other two. We don't have air conditioning and he was very uncomfortable so thought we'd do the shaving thing. I CAN do this only because he is so laid back and actually loves being shaved. He purrs when the buzzer is on, if you can believe that and he rolls to the places I need to get....I am so not kidding. And he will lay there until I am done. He will stretch, let me lift his legs...it's so funny. A rare cat indeed. And he actually looks quite cute. I don't shave him for the cooler weather, his fur is growing back so fast. I would have never tried it had he not been the relaxed cat he is. I do have the proper equipment as well. As I stated, I wouldn't normally try this though as I don't think most cats would respond as he has. To answer your question, one of my friends has her cat shaved at the vets and she pays $50.00 and her cat is there several hours.