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Lion Cuts for Cats

When someone makes an appointment at Naughtypaw to have their cat groomed, they often request to have their pet clipped in what is known as a “Lion Cut.” Here is our approach to this iconic style.

The Lion Cut consists of a short trim from shoulder blades down the back, sides, thighs, and underbelly. Usually, the tail is clipped close, leaving a tuft on the end. The legs may be cut about halfway down, leaving the lower legs fuller and looking like the cat is wearing fluffy boots. The fur on the neck, head, and chest is left full. 

Pet owners can request variations on this theme. For instance, some choose not to have the tail clipped or clip more of the neck and chest, reducing the long mane left. Our professional groomers can tailor this look to your preference, as long as high-risk areas are not trimmed. These high-risk areas include further down the legs and paws, where skin, ligaments, and tendons are sensitive to nicking and whiskers on the cat (including by the muzzle, above eyes, and backside of front paws), and around the face and tail.


long hair cat to short hair cat

We also understand that we don’t have to shave your cat to create a Lion Cut. You can leave a centimetre or two of hair and have the same aesthetic. We always take our time and hand fluff the hair with a dryer before any hand scissoring. We are patient and make sure we care for your pet during the styling. A Lion Cut can take one hours or more depending on the coat’s condition from start to finish. 

Cats can get a Lion Cut whether they are short or long-haired. The most common reason for a Lion Cut is matting. If a cat’s hair is matted, the best and most humane option is to shave or trim the cat into a Lion Cut and continue grooming the cat to prevent any future matting.


Why Do I Need to Trim My Cat’s Claws?

It’s instinctive for your cat to use their claws for climbing, playing, hunting, and defending themselves. They even use them to communicate by stretching stiff muscles, marking their territory, exercising, and relieving stress. You can imagine how difficult a day is without healthy nails. The point is to get rid of those sharp points. 

There are many reasons why it’s a good idea to clip your cat’s nails, and reducing your cat’s ability to shred your furniture is just one of them. Although, redirecting your cat’s natural desire to scratch isn’t that hard. There are so many choices in cat trees and scratching pads, posts, trays and more that your furniture is unlikely to be your cat’s first choice.

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