8 Truly Unique (and Useful) Haircuts for Cats!
Many haircuts for cats are for their comfort, but who says your kitty can’t be comfortable and stylish! Check out these unique haircuts for cats.
1. Lion Cut
Perhaps the most well-known of all haircuts for cats is the lion cut. Mostly done on long-haired breeds, it gives the household cat the appearance of its cousin, the lion. Your kitty will be shaved, except for her:
- Tip of the tail
This leaves a mane and tufted tail, just like the well-known Big Cat.
While it looks adorable, this cut has plenty of purpose. Long-haired cat breeds are prone to matting. Even with routine brushing, mats can occur, especially in hard-to-reach places like her lower back and stomach. Mats can be extremely uncomfortable for your cat as they tighten and pull on her skin. As your cat ages, she’ll become less flexible, so mats will be more common. If your cat absolutely hates the brush, a lion cut is almost a necessity.
In these hot Katy summers, this cut does wonders for keeping your kitty cool!
Two common breeds that often get the lion cut are Maine coons and Persians.
2. Comb Cut
A comb cut is very similar to a lion cut, but instead of shaving, the fur is trimmed extremely short in the same pattern.
It can perform the same tricks, cutting back on the amount of mats in your cat’s fur while also reducing shedding and hairballs.
If your cat is prone to skin problems, this cut allows you to easily inspect her while she stays comfortable!
3. Panther Cut
In the opposite direction of the lion and comb cuts is the panther cut. Your groomer will shave your cat almost completely, only leaving fur on her head and legs. Occasionally, the tip of the tail isn’t shaved either, but this depends on your style sensibility and your cat’s preference.
The panther cut is a solution for cats that are prone to extreme matting, especially on the back of the neck as they age.
4. Stripe Style
In the stripe style cut, your cat’s fur is left completely alone on her head, face, and tail. Her body is shaved, and her legs are half-shaved. This gives her the appearance of wearing snow boots and a Santa beard! You can also choose to trim your kitty’s fur close to the skin rather than shaving.
This look is a great choice for cats that overheat or mat easily.
5. Enhanced Pattern Cut
Does your cat have a unique pattern? While cutting down on hairballs, this trim really brings out the natural colors and pattern of your kitty. Stripes especially pop! If your cat has long hair, check out an enhanced pattern cut! Want to highlight a specific pattern or color on your cat, ask your groomer to trim along the pattern line!
6. Egyptian Cut
If you own an Abyssinian, you probably know her breed originated in Egypt. Sometimes long fur can change her unique appearance, even if she’s generally short haired. An Egyptian cut, which is a trim, brings back that look her breed is well known for!
7. Dinosaur or Dragon Cut
Lion cuts and comb cuts are very popular choices for cats, but if you want to mix it up a bit while still helping your kitty reduce mats and hairballs, go for the dinosaur cut! It serves all the health purposes of the lion cut while keeping your kitty stylish.
This unique look is also known as the:
- Dragon cut
- Stegosaurus cut
- Mohawk cut
8. Teddy Bear Trim
A teddy bear trim is a complex look for cats that should only be done by a professional groomer. The fur has to be prepared perfectly, which means proper cleaning and trimming with the right equipment.
In this look, also known as a comb trim or the cat’s pajama trim, the fur is trimmed an inch or less, (depending on the type of cat you have) with the fur around her face and tail customized to look its best.
This trim is a low-maintenance option for cat owners, while also providing benefits like less shedding and fewer hairballs. It’s also a great choice if you’re not a fan of the more extreme options, like a lion cut.
These are some of the most popular, yet unique haircuts for cats. They have true benefits for kitties, especially if yours has longer hair or is prone to hairballs, mats, or extreme shedding. And they’re great for preventing overheating in high temperatures like we have.
If you’re interested in getting a unique haircut for your cat, take her to a professional groomer! Cats can get a bit feisty when groomed, and you want your furry friend to stay safe and stylish. Ready to schedule an appointment for your kitty, or want some insight into the best cut for your cat? Give Cinco Ranch Vet a call at 281-693-7387.
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