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.
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.
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.
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