What Can’t My Cat Be Shaved?

Updated: Oct 2, 2020

Not every cat is a candidate for shaving, whether a full body haircut like a Lion Trim, or smaller areas including Sanitary trims or Belly shaves. It is important to discuss grooming options with your professional groomer to develop a customized grooming program for your cat.


Shaving May Be Not Recommended for Two Primary Reasons: 1) Cat’s Skin Condition In order to determine is a cat is positive for ringworm, a veterinarian may use the following tests: Wood’s Lamp, Cultures, and/or Microscopic Examination. More than one test is usually recommended and a diagnosis may not be possible right away. This May Affect: Young Cats/Kittens: While these cats may have healthy skin and coat, many are still quite thin and wiggly. This makes it very difficult for the clippers to keep to a flat surface safely. It is also important to make a cat’s first grooming sessions a positive, low-stress experience. Senior Cats: As cats age, they lose body mass and may become dehydrated. This causes the skin to become thin, wrinkly and very fragile. If a nick does occur, the skin may rip during movements and may not heal as quickly as a younger cat. Even cats who are used to being shaved may need to adjust the grooming services they receive as they get older. Cats with Health Concerns Skin and coat health can be affected by a number of health problems including allergies, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, infection 2) Cat’s Behavior During Grooming Groomers work with very sharp equipment. Even though most cats do quite we