There’s a heap of denial among cat-loving humans who have skinny, old cats.
Is a cute-looking haircut and less fur on the sofa worth blood and stitches? If you say HECK YEAH! then go to it. Fire up that clipper.
I’m of the opinion that the answer is HECK NO. I won’t do a lion cut if the cat is likely to be nicked during the shaving process.
I do make an exception for old cats who are so matted that they are uncomfortable. Their comfort is important, so it’s worth the risk.
Long-haired old cats stay dirtier and can’t deal with their own fur. Their tongue is worn out, I guess, not to mention the arthritis. They’re like that uncle who drinks too much and can’t remember to comb his hair . . . . you know, the uncle with the shirts covered with stains? You won’t do his laundry because who knows what he’s gotten into?
Cat skin is as thick as your eyelid. Think about that. You want me to come over and shave your eyelid?
The technical, boring discussion is below. You can skip it, unless you’re deeply interested in shaving cat’s privates.
1. Cat clippers work best on a flat plane. They zip along a flat surface and get every last hair off quickly and safely.
2. Cat clippers on an angle aim the blade at tender skin. The blade isn’t parallel to the skin. It’s going INTO the skin. DANGER ZONES: clipping the fur in the underarms or between the rear legs. “I can’t believe what I’m seeing” thin skin combined with peaks and valleys. DANGER.
3. The thinner the cat, the more peaks and valleys, and the harder it is to shave safely. Shaving a fat cat is like shaving a balloon. It’s much easier to shave a fat cat than a skinny cat.
4. The older the cat, the thinner and looser the skin.
Comb your cat every day, gently work on the mats with a comb, or maybe a round-tip scissor. If you’re a butterfingers be patient. Spend some money on my services if you can’t do it yourself.