What is a…Lion Cut?

The term “Lion Cut” is used by cat groomers to describe the haircut done on cats when they are completely shaved down. Professional cat groomers use a set of clippers to shave the cat’s hair very short on the body.

 

There are a number of reasons why a cat would be shaved into a lion cut. It is unsafe to try and cut out matting with scissors or without proper training.  If your cat is either matted or you are interested in getting a Lion Cut done, it is best to seek out a qualified professional cat groomer.

 

What does a Lion Cut look like?

This trim is shaved very close to the skin on the body, belly and chest, leaving long hair on the legs, around the cat’s head and leaving a “pom” on the tail. Professional groomers can tailor this look to the client’s preference, as long as high-risk areas are not trimmed. These high risk areas include, further down the legs and paws where skin, ligaments, and tendons are sensitive to nicking, any whiskers on the cat (including by the muzzle, above eyes and backside of front paws), and too high around the face and tail.

 

Who gets a Lion Cut and why?

Cats can get lion cuts whether they are long or short-haired. The most common reason for a lion cut is matting. If a cat is already matted, the best and most humane option is to shave the cat into a lion cut, then get the cat on a regular grooming schedule to prevent matting. Regular lion cuts can also be a good way to prevent a cat from becoming matted. Matting is not the only time a cat gets a lion cut; shedding and allergies can be reasons as well.

SevereMatting

This Long-Haired cat is severely matted and shaving the cat into a Lion Cut is the only humane option.

MushroomBefore

This cat has large, “mushroom” mats on its back. Shaving them off relieves the cat of these painful mats.

 

MushroomAfter

The “mushroom” cat after having the matting shaved off into a Lion Cut. Severe matting can cause discoloration and scarring on the skin.

 

Who should NOT get a Lion Cut?

Not all cats are candidates for getting shaved. Cats that are highly aggressive, elderly, or in poor health can be at a higher risk for becoming stressed or nicked during shaving.  Speak with your professional cat groomer to determine the best grooming schedule and services for your cat

 

Here are pictures of traditional Lion Cuts.

 

A traditional Lion Cut on a Domestic Short-Hair cat. Hair is shaved except past the elbows, around the head and a "pom" on the tail.

A traditional Lion Cut on a Domestic Short-Hair cat. Hair is shaved except past the elbows, around the head and a “pom” on the tail.

A traditional Lion Cut on a Persian.

A traditional Lion Cut on a Persian (shaved due to severe matting).

A traditional Lion Cut on a Domestic Short-Haired cat.

A traditional Lion Cut on a Domestic Long-Hair cat.

Here are pictures of modifications to the Lion Cut trim. Variations can include: a V-shaped ruff, a full tail (instead of a pom on the end), a “bolero” or jacket, and even a mohawk! If you are interested in any of these trims, feel free to print out a picture and show it to your professional cat groomer.

This Lion Cut Variation leaves a jacket, or "bolero" on the front half of the cat.

This Lion Cut Variation leaves a jacket, or “bolero” on the front half of the cat.

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This creatively groomed cat got a mohawk by Stephen Kropf, CFMG.

 

Want more hair left? Check back for our next article “What is a…Comb Cut!”

This cat gets a "Comb Cut" which leaves more hair than a Lion Cut. Check back for the next article in our "What is a..." series: the Comb Cut!

This cat gets a “Comb Cut” which leaves more hair than a Lion Cut. Check back for the next article in our “What is a…” series: the Comb Cut!

3 Responses

  1. brian fontaine says:

    thank u, very good!

  2. Stephanie says:

    What number of blade and/or attachment comb was used for the “Comb Cut”?

    • Dani says:

      Hi Stephanie,
      We recommend using a #30 blade under Wahl SS snap ons. Proper prep of the coat is also vital as is use of suction. This is all shown in great detail on our video “The Comb Cut” which can be found in our webstore.

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