Persian cats are attractive because of their long beautiful coat and their owners like to shave or dye their coat according to their taste in order to show off their cats among others.
Persian cat hair cut is a necessary grooming for them to prevent their coat getting mat, hairballs and for hygiene. However, there are some important concerns that Persian cats owners shall consider in this case and also in case of dying.
1. Never do it at home
Not only Persian cat cut hair is dangerous for your health, but also it is not safe for your cat. So, you have to take your cat to a groomer rather than trying to cut her hair yourself.
2. Find a professional groomer
A professional groomer can help you to choose the best type of haircut for your Persian cats based on their specific breed, age, habits, medical history and other factors. They can also cut the cats hair exactly according to your favor.
3. Do not forget grooming
Persian cats are the most demanding cats in terms of grooming requirements and keep in your mind that shaving does not replace brushing and grooming your cat.
4. Special parts do need shaving
If you love your Persian cat with her long coat you have to know that certain areas in your cat body such as under the arms or belly which are prone to mats must be shaven.
5. The cat’s fur is the best protection against sunburn and hypothermia
It is a wrong belief that Persian cat owners think their cats must be shaven during summer. The cat coats are created by nature to keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Shaving a cat too short causes their skin to be exposed to the sun and cause sunburn and sun damage especially when they lie in patches of sun.
6. Color of the Himalayan Persian cats may change after haircut
Mother Nature is a tricky one and can cause odd changes to hair as times passes. The coat color of Himalayan Persian cats usually change when they get older. Their coat tends to be darkening as they get older by replacing the new hair with older ones. Shaving your Himmy can speed up this color change, because her hair is replacing faster than natural shedding.
7. Use a sweater in winter
By shaving your cat hair, you can see less hair on your furniture. However, you may cause her to catch a cold I winter. So, it is better to use a sweater when the weather is cold after shaving.
8. “medically-necessary” haircut
medically-necessary” haircut is one of the most important for your cat health. So, if your Persian cats have severe allergic skin reaction, bacterial infection, acute trauma, weeping, open sores or wounds haircut is necessary for them.
9. Lion cut is the best choice if your Persian cats get matted
If cats are already matted or shedding or have some allergies, the best choice is shaving her into a lion cut, then you have to continue daily grooming schedule to avoid matting.
A cat with mushroom mats
The “mushroom” cat after shaving
10. Choose the haircut according to your cat traits
If your cats are highly aggressive, elderly, or in poor health, shaving may cause them to be stressed or nicked. It is better to consult with a cat groomer to find the best haircut for your cats.
11. Are HAIR DYING and TATOO harmful for your Persian cat?
– Do not forget that hair dyes and certain chemicals can potentially be dangerous to cats. Because their liver can’t breakdown certain drugs or chemicals properly.
– DO NOT LET THEM GROOM during dying their coat and after some hours till the color is completely dried on their coat. The chemical color can poison your cat and cause her to die.
– Using a pet safe dye which is not suger free and does not contain xylitol. But keep in mind that just because it’s “natural” doesn’t mean it’s safe. For example, HENNA IS NOT SAFE for your cat. You can check with your veterinarian or ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center to confirm the color hair you’re using is safe.
– If you observe any of below signs during dying or after it, first remove the dye with a liquid dish soap, and then take your cats to the veterinarian immediately.
- Foaming at their mouths
- Refuse eating
- Red sign in the skin
- Itching or excessive grooming
- Difficulty in breathing