Do you need to get your long-haired cat a lion-cut in the summer?

I’d say the answer is no, but if your cat is long-haired AND obese, then the answer is yes.

As long as you have air-conditioning or cross-ventilation and shade, your well-groomed cat should be fine.

A matted cat or a cat who is not regularly combed is a different story.

Mats turn a fur coat into a blanket. Dead fur that builds up over time, unless you comb it away, mixes with living fur. That makes the coat dense and heavy. 

A bath will wash away excess oil that makes the fur stick together.

Go for a light, airy coat. If  you accomplish that goal, then your cat can enjoy the warmth of summer. If you can’t keep the coat clean and combed, hire someone who can or get a lion-cut for your cat.  

Siberian beauty from ForestWind
Siberian beauty from ForestWind

Cats never groomed themselves. Nature did.

The rain that washed away the dirt on your cat’s fur? Now that’s you.

The mist on her face that cleaned away the grime? Now that’s you.

The branches and leaves that rubbed her skin, tugging away dead fur? Now that’s you.

The tree trunks she scaled that kept her claws short? Now that’s you.

Cats never groomed themselves. Mother Nature groomed them. Now we have to do the job. Or it won’t get done.

Photo by Zenera.
Snow washing cats. Branches brushing cats. Photo by Zenera.

 

Giving a cat a bath in a tub. Wash, dry, strut.

I see Belle every week. We share a bond of trust.

I trust her not to hurt me with her kitty weapons (teeth and claws). She trusts me not to hurt her, even when I do things she doesn’t like (claw trims!).

Cats all over the world are shedding gobs of dead fur, as the days lengthen and summer approaches.  That means it’s BATH TIME!  Whoo hoo!

I bathed Belle in her parent’s great big tub, using the gentlest cat shampoo I could find.  Then I towel dried Belle, giving her a vigorous massage at the same time.  Next, she rested in the Drying Spa, where I served a snack of Fancy Feast. Finally, she had her “blow out” with my high-velocity dryer.  The dryer gets rid of left-over dead fur. Believe me, even after a bath there’s dead fur hanging on by a thread.  (The fur is now nestled in my throat.)

Gettingreadyforbath
Almost bath time.
Checkingoutdryingspa
Checking out the drying spa.
Tailintub
Into the warm, soapy water Belle goes, tail first.
Towelingoffwethead
On my lap, rub down & massage with thick, fluffy towels.
Dryingspawithsnack
In the roomy drying spa with Fancy Feast snack.
Walkingaroundafterbath
Strutting around, proud to be fresh and cleanPostbathstroll
I’m so pretty, oh so pretty . . .