Persian cats breed have long, dense fur that can be difficult to groom. Their fur tends to knot and mat easily. So, it is necessary for you to brush or shave your Persian cat.
If your cat’s coat becomes unmanageable or if it has matted clumps of fur you may have to decide to shave the cat. Shaving a Persian cat will cause stress for both you and the cat, but sometimes this is the best alternative.
Shaving a Persian Cat
- Your cat’s coat will be much neater and easier to groom
- The fur will grow back thicker and softer
- Shaving can make your cat more susceptible to sunburn
- Your cat’s coat may not grow back as thick or as full as it was before
- Shaving can cause skin irritations
- If you are not familiar with how to shave a cat, you may cut the cat accidentally
You should never shave a Persian unless there is a medical need to do so. If you do shave a Persian, it is very important to use the right tools and techniques. With the right tools and techniques, you can avoid cuts and nicks that can lead to infection.
What type of equipment do you need?
To shave a Persian cat, you’ll need some basic equipment:
- A sharp razor blade
- Shaving cream or soap
- A bowl of water
- A towel
There are two main types of razors – disposable and electric.
A disposable razor is the best option for shaving a cat. It is sharp and has a curved blade that is good for getting around curves. When shaving a cat, you should always use short, gentle strokes and avoid going over the same area more than once.
If you are using an electric razor, make sure it is set to the lowest setting. Hold it parallel to the cat’s skin. Be very careful not to nick the cat’s skin with the blades.
How do you prepare the cat for shaving?
Before you start shaving your cat, it’s important to prepare them by doing the following:
- Make sure that your pet is calm. It’s no good trying to shave a cat if they’re running around all over the place! If your Persian kitty is agitated, wait until they’ve calmed down before you continue.
- Gather everything you need in one place so that you don’t have to keep moving while shaving your pet. To start with, stack everything within easy reach so that even when kneeling at eye level with your cat you can easily reach everything without having to lean over awkwardly or get up and down too much. Once you know what order you need things in though (i.e. cream applied first followed by lathering and then rinsing) it becomes easier to shave a cat in different positions.
- Brush your cat’s fur to help remove any knots or mats. This will make it easier to shave the cat and also prevent them from getting razor burned.
- Apply a thin layer of shaving cream or soap to the area you’re going to shave.
- Make sure that your razor is sharp – blunt blades can cause more damage than no blades at all.
How do you shave the cat?
Now that your Persian kitty is prepped, it’s time to start shaving! Follow these steps:
- Start by shaving the areas around the neck and head. These are the most sensitive areas, so’s best to get them out of the way first.
- Gradually shave off the fur in small sections, taking care not to rush things and always applying shaving cream or soap beforehand. If you’re worried about cutting your cat’s skin, use a styptic pencil to stop the bleeding if necessary.
- Shave with the grain of the hair (i.e. against the lay of your cat’s fur). It will take longer than shaving against the grain but it reduces the risk of causing damage to their delicate skin.
Once you’ve finished shaving, rinse your kitty thoroughly with lukewarm water to remove all traces of soap and cream. Leave them until they’re completely dry before letting them out into normal areas where they’ll be near carpeted surfaces that could cause them to lick and ingest the shaving cream.
Remember not to rub when drying or applying the product. This motion causes matting in Persian cat’s fur which can lead to hairballs later on down the line.
Do not apply any products containing oil such as olive oil, baby oil, mineral oils. These cause Persian cat’s coats to become greasy which leads to mats and dirt tinting their white fur yellow over time.
What post-shaving care is required?
Once you’ve shaved your Persian cat, it’s important to take a few steps to ensure that they’re comfortable and their skin heals properly:
- Make sure that they don’t lick any of the shaving creams off their fur. This could cause them to ingest harmful chemicals. If they do lick themselves, bath them with mild soap and water as soon as possible.
- Apply a coat of petroleum jelly or aloe vera gel to the shaved areas to help soothe and protect their skin.
- If your cat has any cuts or razor burn, apply a cold compress (made from a damp cloth) to the area to help ease the pain and inflammation.
- Keep an eye on your cat for the next few days. If they show any signs of skin irritation, consult your vet.
FAQs about shaving Persian cats
Q: Is it safe to shave a Persian cat?
A: Yes, as long as you take the necessary precautions and follow the correct shaving procedure it’s perfectly safe to shave a Persian cat.
Q: How often should I shave my Persian cat?
A: There’s no set answer to this question – it depends on your cat’s individual needs and fur type. You may need to shave them more often during summer months when they’re more prone to overheating, or if their fur gets matted.
- Shave your Persian cat in small sections to make sure that you don’t miss any areas.
- Only shave the minimum amount of hair needed to achieve desired results. If you’re worried about shaving them too much, just leave it until the next time!
- If necessary, use a soft brush or wide comb to remove knots before shaving your Persian kitty. This will help prevent the razor from tugging on their skin and causing discomfort/pain or accidentally cutting them.
- Don’t shave down to the skin. Only shave enough so that there are no visible traces of fur remaining, considering how low they are compared with other breeds which generally have longer coats overall. The final result doesn’t have to be perfect. The main thing is that your Persian cat won’t look like a lion anymore!
- If you can trim their nails before shaving them. This minimizes the risk of an accidental scratch and gives you more control over the razor if they’re struggling or thrashing about.
Q: How do I avoid cutting my cat’s skin when shaving?
A: If you’re worried about accidentally nicking your cat’s delicate skin with the razor, use a styptic pencil as soon as possible after any minor cuts occur. Just dab it on gently – don’t press too hard as this will only aggravate the cut further and cause more pain/damage.
Q: My Persian kitty has mats in their fur. Is it safe to shave them?
A: Yes, you can safely shave a Persian cat with mats in its fur as long as you take the necessary precautions. Be sure to remove any knots or tangles with a brush or wide comb before shaving. This will help prevent the razor from tugging on their skin and causing discomfort/pain or accidentally cutting them.
- Shave with the grain of the hair (i.e. against the lay of your cat’s fur). It will take longer than shaving against the grain. However, it reduces the risk of causing damage to their delicate skin.
- Once you’ve finished shaving, rinse your kitty thoroughly with lukewarm water to remove all traces of soap and cream. Leave them to air-dry afterward.
Q: I’ve just shaved my Persian cat and they’re looking a bit bald! What can I do?
A: Don’t worry, your cat’s fur will usually grow back within a few weeks. In the meantime, you can help speed up the process by applying a coat of petroleum jelly or aloe vera gel to the shaved areas. This will soothe and protect their skin. If your cat has any cuts or razor burns, apply a cold compress (made from a damp cloth) to the area to help ease the pain and inflammation. Keep an eye on your cat for the next few days and if they show any signs of skin irritation, consult your vet.
- Shaving a Persian cat should be a very gentle process to avoid causing them discomfort.
- Always use the correct supplies. Follow all of the guidelines in this article when shaving your Persian kitty, or else you risk hurting them.
- Don’t shave your cat if they’re ill, elderly, pregnant, or nursing kittens. This is because their immune system will already be compromised, making them susceptible to infection/other health problems after shaving. If you can’t wait for them to recover before shaving, consult a vet first.
- If possible it’s advisable not to shave an older Persian cat – their fur often looks better long anyway!
- In general, I’d only resort to shaving a severely matted cat if necessary. In most cases, it causes less stress and is less traumatic for the animal to have the mats removed by a groomer.
- Remember to trim your cat’s nails before shaving them. This minimizes the risk of an accidental scratch and gives you more control over the razor if they’re struggling or thrashing about.
- If you have any questions or concerns, please consult your veterinarian. They will be able to advise you on the best way to shave your Persian cat safely and effectively.
- Shaving a Persian cat should only be done as a last resort – their fur usually looks better long! In most cases, it’s advisable to take them to a professional groomer. They can remove any mats or tangles without causing them any pain or discomfort.