No… Please don’t shave your cat! Take it from me. Cats hate lion cuts, and not because they’re embarrassing. Cats need their fur, not just to keep warm in the winter, but to stay cool in the summer. And our fur protects us from bites and scratches. Keep reading, and I’ll tell you why cats hate lion cuts and about the importance of cat fur.
Do cats hate lion cuts, Thomasina? I recently got my cat shaved down into a lion cut so he’d be cool this summer. Now, he won’t come out from under my bed. Is he embarrassed? — Meant Well
Hi Meant Well…
Most cats hate lion cuts, but not because they make us look so silly. After all, most of us have bad hair days. We really don’t care if we have an entire month or two of them. Appearances aren’t all that important to us.
I don’t think your cat’s embarrassed. But he could be scared.
Why Humans Love Lion Cuts
For some reason, humans think cats with lion cuts look cute. I suppose they do. But cuteness is no reason to shave off all your cat’s fur!
As far as I can tell, the other reasons humans love lion cuts are to keep their cats cool in the summer and to prevent hairballs, mats and shedding. A severely matted cat would probably benefit from one lion cut. But after that all you need is a greyhound comb and regular brushing. If your brushing falls short, here are some ways to demat a cat. They don’t include lion cuts!
Regular brushing helps prevent shedding and hairballs, too. Here are some great tips for preventing hairballs. I’d skip the hairball prevention food though. Most brands contain ingredients that aren’t all that good for us.
Why Cats Hate Lion Cuts And The Importance Of Fur
Cats hate lion cuts because we really need all that fur. Without it, we feel very vulnerable.
Our fur protects us from scratches when we’re around other animals. And it guards against microorganisms and even parasites. It also protects us from sunburn.
Believe it or not, our fur helps us stay comfortable in hot weather, too. It serves as an insulating layer between our skin and the outside environment, keeping us cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Something else you might not know about cat fur is that we use it for communication. Have you ever seen a cat with his fur standing on end? He’s letting you know he’s very angry and wants you to stay far away!
I know you had good intentions, Meant Well, and I’m sure your cat appreciates that. But next summer, I’d skip the lion cut and let his built-in “air conditioner” do its work!