Highlights in a cat haircut

Cat hair on carpets and furniture can ruffle even the most peaceful owner. And in order to at least slightly reduce its amount, some decide on a haircut. But how to cut your four-legged friend, so as not to harm him and yourself?

Do I need to cut a cat?

First of all, you should decide whether you need a haircut, in general. In some cases, it is useful and necessary. This procedure should be carried out if the pet has a very long and fluffy coat. This cover causes a tendency to the formation of mats, which not only spoil the appearance of the cat, but also cause discomfort and even pain, as they strongly tighten and injure the skin.

Also, a haircut is required in the event that the pet sheds heavily. Of course, the procedure will not save from hair loss, but it will significantly slow down and improve the quality of the cover, making it more healthy. In addition, you can quickly and easily comb the old undercoat, which significantly reduces molting.And one more case is the preparation for the exhibition. If your pet should look perfect, but trimmed wool will give it a neat and well-groomed appearance, increasing the chances of winning.

There are some other less compelling, but understandable reasons. So, regular haircuts will facilitate the life of the pet and help him to monitor hygiene: licking short wool is much easier than long and thick.

In addition, even if the hairs get into the gastrointestinal tract, they will not disturb its functioning. And one more reason to cut your pet is the summer heat. Removing a part of the cover, you will provide access to oxygen to the skin and thereby help to normalize the natural air circulation, which is necessary to prevent overheating.

Important: haircut is desirable for some dermatological diseases, as well as in the presence of fleas or other parasites.

Should I carry out the procedure yourself?

How to be: cut the cat by yourself or seek professional help? If your pet is balanced, calm and normally refers to touching and unknown and incomprehensible objects, which are scissors, then you will manage and will be able to avoid troubles.

But if the cat is nervous, unsociable and fearful, it is better to cut it in the salon, as experienced groomers (as they call qualified hairdressers specializing in animal hairstyle) are able to find an approach and do everything quickly, without causing their four-legged clients any discomfort.

If you are not confident in your abilities, and your pet practically does not make contacts with strangers, then you can invite a specialist to the house and be present during the procedure. In this case, the cat will see the familiar and familiar atmosphere and feel calm, and you will be able to support it and catch the mood changes, stopping the haircut in time or, on the contrary, choosing the right moment.

How to cut a cat?

So, how to cut a cat? First, prepare everything you need: a special clipper for animals, a comb for cats (the so-called puchörku) and safety scissors with rounded tips. In addition, you will need a flat, stable and fairly wide surface on which the pet will be located during the haircut.

And it should be comfortable for him and you, because, firstly, the procedure can take a lot of time, secondly,if you are uncomfortable, you will be nervous and, most likely, make careless movements that will scare or anger the animal.

If everything you need is at hand, proceed to the procedure. It is carried out in several stages:

  1. Put the cat on the prepared surface, take the typewriter and show it to your pet, and also turn it on so that he can get used to the look of the instrument and the sound it makes.
  2. It is best to start with the abdomen and chest. While the cat is not tired and calm, it certainly will allow access to these places. Next, go to the back and legs. But do not shear all the wool completely: leave the head, paw tips, and a third of the tail intact. This is necessary for the comfort of the animal: the head must be protected, the fur on the paws is used to maintain hygiene and washing, and some pets begin to gnaw and completely injure the fully trimmed tail.
  3. If there are mats, then it is better to cut them with scissors or to trim the machine in a circle, gradually moving towards the center. It is important that the pet does not experience pain.
  4. Next, take the scissors and carefully remove the excess wool missed by the machine, and also treat hard-to-reach places: under the tail, under the paws and between the pads.
  5. Then the cat should be bathed in order to remove the remaining wool after the procedure.

Recommendations

If you decide to cut your pet at home and independently, then follow some recommendations that will facilitate and speed up the process:

  • If the cat has long claws, then it is desirable to cut them so that the pet does not scratch you or the groomer. But this should be done only if the animal is familiar with this procedure. You can also wear special silicone caps on your claws.
  • Check in advance if the machine and scissors are working. If necessary, eliminate the damage and sharpen the blades, as blunt ones can complicate the task, not cope with thick hair and lead to skin pulling.
  • Before cutting, it is advisable to sanitize all the tools in order to prevent infections in case of cuts.
  • It is best to choose the nozzle of the machine number 3, since the length of wool, component of 3 millimeters, is the best and most comfortable for the animal. Haircut first or second nozzle can be dangerous, since the blades are located very close to the skin.
  • If the cat is very nervous, you can give her a mild sedative for the animals half an hour before the haircut (the veterinarian should prescribe it).
  • It is better to carry out the procedure with an assistant who will hold the animal and turn it over as needed.
  • If the cat bites, then you can wear a plastic collar on it, which will restrict access to the body and hands of the ringworm.
  • At first, the sheared cat may feel unusual and anxious. Support him, show your love and care. Gradually, the pet will get used to the new "hairstyle."
  • If the pet is restless and vulnerable, then it is better to limit the cutting of tangles, if there are any. Full haircut can be a lot of stress.
  • Remember that the coat after the procedure may slightly change the structure or even color, and this is normal. In addition, growth can slow down.
  • Do not shear the ears and whiskers!
  • If you cut a pet, calm it down and treat the wound with an antiseptic.

Happy and safe haircuts to all owners of cats and cats!

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