Cats are, to every single cat owner, the most beautiful thing in existence. With their high and mighty attitude, these felines always radiate a noble feeling, which makes them even more captivating. In addition, they have some of the best furs out of all the animals on this planet.

However, there will always be a time when you have no choice but to get rid of the kitty’s beautiful furs due to numerous reasons. For instance, you may need to prepare him for a vet’s procedure, or the weather is just getting too hot for all the fur.

A lot of cat owners will resort to the grooming salons for this venture. However, most of us do not realize how much it costs to shave a cat from my experience. Thus, I am sure that there will be someone who wants to do things themselves. For those people, I offer this guide on how to shave a cat.

Supplies for Cat Shaving

The one thing that you will need for cat shaving is none other than a great pair of clippers. However, as we all know, not all cats are like one another. Thus, depending on your kitty’s temperament and how amenable he responds to being shaved, you may need to consider some other helpful tools.

If you are going for a full-body shave like a lion cut, you should pick up the number of 10 clippers. In the case of you aiming more for de-matting the kitty, the number 40 clippers can do a better job. For those who do not have an easily-swept floor, they may need to get a towel to prevent sweeping.

If the cat is not that happy about shaving, I recommend that you get some gloves for your hands. After all, none of us want our hands to be scratched as this type of injury can hurt a lot more than it looks.

How to Shave a Cat

If you have the money, I still want to recommend going to the grooming salons. However, if you are set in doing it all by yourself, then, first of all, you need to remember that each cat is a unique creature. Thus, some of them will resist this process a lot harder than others. So, do things with caution and love, do not make the cat scared.

Trim the nails

This is optional but also recommended, as lots of cats will defend themselves with a huge fury while being shaved. Thus, you should just play it safe first and clip out all of the claws before beginning the shaving process.


After trimming all the nails, you should start by testing how the cat responds to the sound of the clippers near it. In the case of the cat getting fearful, you can consider an alternative in the harness or some other restraining devices. Of course, there is always the option of asking the vet for some mild sedative before beginning the process.

Make the skin taut

Cats possess some of the most supple and flexible skin, which can move with incredible ease. Thus, the kitty’s skin may have a high chance of easily bunching up under your clipper. As a result, it is quite likely that the cat will get a cut or pinch. So, you should always remember to hold its skin firmly down, pulling it taut while shaving to avoid cutting the cat. After all, no one likes cuts as they can hurt quite a bit, right?

Start from the top

Start your shaving process from the cat’s top body parts and then work your way slowly down towards the tail’s base. However, remember that the base is where you want to stop. Do not shave the actual tail in any case.

Hold the cat properly

Remember to hold the kitty in a firm but also gently way while working around the body. You should always start from the back of its neck and then go down slowly to the tail’s base.

Tips for better shaving

How to shave a cat with matted fur

Hold the matted fur by the end, then gently move it from one side to another while shaving under and around it. Dependent on the closeness between the mat and its skin, there is a high chance that you may better reach it from numerous angles or just one single angle.

Keep on gently moving the mat, slowly cutting it so that it can come free. If you can, you should enlist the help of someone else to pull the cat’s skin around the flat so that it does not come up to the mat and get cut.

Avoid the tail as much as you can

It takes quite a long time for the hair on cats’ tails to properly grow back. Unless the tail is quite matted or a procedure demands it to be shaved, then it is always better to leave the hair there long. If you really have to shave the tail, you should try not to restrain it too much. After all, we all know how agitated cats can get if they feel like their tails cannot move.

Take breaks frequently

The main component of a successful shave is not hurrying anything. The calmer your actions are, the calmer the kitty will feel. So, you should shave slowly and gently, avoid cutting any skin. Whenever you feel that the kitty is too agitated for the shave, you should not hesitate and stop right there.

Certainly, this means that there will need to be several tries at the shaving process. However, with numerous attempts, the cat will realize that the procedure is not harming at all. Then, it can actually relax as you are shaving it.


While it is quite a hassle to properly conduct a shaving process for your cat, it will certainly give you and the cat a great bonding experience. Thus, you should take every instruction on this guide of how to shave a cat at home seriously.


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