The Case for Shaving a Long-Haired Cat
“I Never Thought I’d Shave my Cat,”
Doc Truli admits the gruesome truth. “I’ve always lived with cats. And always long-haired cats, by chance. I love cats just the way they are, and I thought I would never consent to have one of my cats shaved.”
A History of Cats
First was Charlie, a grey tabby, then Dink (Silver Bell), a silver tabby, then Mitzi, a green-eyed, long blue haired Angora-looking cat. Timothy Snowflake was my mom’s long-hair Angora-look cat we adopted from a doorstep down the street.
“Charlie came from a cat trap in my great-grandfather’s cabin on Lake Harmony in the Pocono Mountains. Dink came from an insurance client’s farm. Both had to be nursed back to health, but nothing like saving Timothy Snowflake.”
Timothy Snowflake (“Timmy”)
Timmy was tiny, covered with fleas, and his eyes were crusted shut. Of course, we had to adopt the pathetic, sick kitten. The healthy boisterous ones were probably going to find good homes easily, so we always took the troubled cats. Timmy grew into a stocky, strong, elegant white long-haired cat with golden eyes. An Uncle to all the abandoned kittens we found on our doorstep, Timmy was the gentlest soul Doc has ever known. Timmy would climb into the kitten nest box and curl around the babies, licking and cleaning them until a wet-nurse female came back to the box to feed the kittens.
He didn’t even put his claws out (except once he clawed the neighbor-kid’s chin. Timmy knew: that kid has since spent time in jail!) Timmy succumbed to kidney disease when he was only 13 years old.
Grey Cloud (“Mitzi”)
Mitzi came to Doc Truli when Doc was 13 years old. Bald, except for one long fur on her tail and some grey velvet on the bridge of her nose, Mitzi was being eaten alive by fleas. Rescued by Doc’s mom from a locked house, Mitzi had been trapped inside for three months with no food and only the toilet bowl water for sustenance. We knew Mitzi would be a long-haired cat because of that long tail fur.
“As soon as Mitt saw mom’s car, she curled up behind a tire and would not move until we agreed to take her home with us.” Mitzi and Doc were best friends through high school, college, and veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania. Mitt lived to be 17 years old, but it just did not seem long enough!
Enter VirtuaCat. 5 weeks old, paralyzed from the waist down, with a heart murmur so loud you could hear it from across the room without a stethoscope! If you think Doc Truli picks cats for their beauty, think again. It’s the care and love that turns them beautiful.
VirtuaCat regained his legs by 6 months old. The heart murmur disappeared and 14 years and one year of scary kidney disease later, he’s doing great!
VirtuaCat convinced Doc Truli that he loves being shaved; he is like a new guy when he gets shaved. He becomes affectionate, sits on laps, purrs when pet and plays about twice as much when he’s shaved.
Top 5 Cat Reasons to Shave a Cat
Based on personal communication with VirtuaCat, Doc Truli reports the Top 5 Cat Reasons to be Shaved:
- Less, or no static electricity in your fur in winter.
- No more using your chest-bib fur as dental floss.
- No more hairballs to puke into mommy’s slipper in the morning.
- Better skin sensation when being massaged and petted by humans.
- Less tongue-bathing; more time for playing and stalking humans.
Top 5 Human Reasons to Shave a Cat
- Less fur around the house.
- No growling and biting when mommy tries to brush the fur.
- Happier, more relaxed, friendlier cat.
- No more cold wet hairballs in the slipper toe.
So there you have it. Doc Truli used to be categorically opposed to changing a cat’s natural pelage in favor of a convenience, comfortable shave-job. Now the #10 blade is a saving grace!
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