Getting Your Cat a Haircut for the Summer: Wise or Unwarranted?
One question pet owners may ask themselves as summer comes is often: should they give their cat a haircut? If you’ve been poking around the Internet lately, then you know there are plenty of cat owners who believe the answer is an emphatic yes. In fact, several of those same cat owners use their cats to make sometimes wild fashion statements.
For example, if you’ve ever wanted your home to have a prehistoric feel, then you can give your cat a dino cut. On the other hand, if your goal is mostly a functional one, then you’ll probably choose the classic lion cut. There are plenty of other options, too, like the comb cut, panther cut or teddy bear trim. But should you be giving your cat a haircut? Is it healthy? Is it good for them? Here’s what you need to know.
Should I Give My Cat a Haircut? Pros and Cons
There are a number of reasons why you may choose to give your cat a summer-time haircut. If your cat sheds a lot, then a thorough grooming can cut down on the amount of fur you find around the house, on your furniture, on your clothes, etc.
Cutting your cat’s hair in the summer can also help your cat stay cool if it’s very hot out. It can also make your cat more comfortable if they have matted hair, or hair that has gotten debris stuck in it that they cannot lick off or that it would be unhealthy for them to lick off. Cat haircuts can also cut down on hairballs, and may make grooming easier for senior cats.
The Downsides of Cat Haircuts
There are some downsides, too, associated with giving your cat a haircut. If you have a primarily outdoor cat, for example, then you ideally want to be careful about shaving them because exposing their skin to the sun could cause sunburns and other health problems.
Also, fur does serve an insulating purpose and can help keep cats cool – even in the summer. Naturally, in the winter, you want to leave your cat’s fur in place to help the animal keep warm.
The general rule is that if you do decide to give your cat a haircut, then it’s best to not cut the fur all the way down to the skin. If your cat appears to be experiencing discomfort after a haircut, then you should consider taking them to the veterinarian right away.
Most cats do not need all their fur all the time and probably won’t notice that some of it is gone, so even if a cat without all its fur looks somewhat sad, it is generally not cruel to shave a cat. If you don’t shave off all the fur, you let it keep its coat in the winter and your cat does not appear to be struggling to regulate its temperature after a haircut, then cutting your cat’s hair should be an okay thing to do.
Professional Cat Grooming vs. DIY
One thing is sure: you should definitely consider taking your cat to a professional groomer if you do decide to get your animal companion a haircut. Your groomer will know how to cut your cat’s hair safely and without exposing its skin to the elements.
They will also be experienced in a variety of cat haircuts, and will be able to give you exactly the type of haircut you want for your cat. They may even be able to show you pictures and give you suggestions for both fun and functional haircut options for your feline companion.