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Lion Cuts Explained

Lion cuts are done for many reasons, mostly to cool the cat or cut down on shedding and hairballs.

A lion cut is a short shave for your cat with definite lines. The body is shaved close leaving the ruff and head full and the legs are shaved to a certain point and the tail may be left full or with a pom-pom.

A groomer should know the lines of this cut in order to present you with a beautiful cat! Cats have paw pads  placed further up the leg, above the foot, as well as tendons that are prominent, below the shave line for the standard lion cut.

When any shaving is done in these areas, unnecessary risk is involved. You should never shave down a cats tail all the way, always leave enough hair at the end to create a pom-pom or leave a full tail. When a cats tail is shaved down all the way, a cat may chew or bite their tail, causing injury to themselves.

Why a Lion Cut for cats?

Sometimes a cat is so severely matted the only remedy is to shave off the damaged hair. Some cats are just happier when not wearing their full coats! Lion cuts are very popular with our clients. Lion cuts can be done on long or short hair cats.

How long does a lion cut last?

On average it can take 3 months for a short hair cat to regrow to full length. On a long hair cat it can take 4 to 6 months to regrow to a full coat. There is no reason, provided a cats skin is healthy and its temperament is suitable that a lion cut can not be done more frequent, if the owner wants this.

Important Considerations for first time lion Cuts

For first time lion cut on a cat, the owner should know that it is a drastic change, appearance wise, for both owner and cat. Most cats adjust to their lion cut within a couple of days, sometimes developing a much better disposition because of it.

Occasionally the cats coat may grow in sparsely after a shave down, guard hairs grow normal but the undercoat comes in much slower. This can happen at any time and may never happen again to the same cat once the scraggly coat is shaved back down and the regrowth process is started over. Reasons for this are not known. If this continues to happen on a particular cat, there could be underlying health problems and your cat should see a veterinarian.

Lion Cut variation is a comb cut

A comb cut is the same as a lion cut, just leaving the hair longer. Comb cuts can vary in length, 1/2 to 1 inch or longer, The thicker and more plush a cat’s coat, the better a comb cut will look. Cats with a silky coat type tend to look choppier and less suited to the style as a whole.

With comb cuts there will always be some level of tracking on the coat. Tracking, being lines left from the comb attachment. Even when tracking is present, it will typically disappear within a day or two of the grooming, after the coat settles. The comb cut, done proper, is actually two grooms, a full coat groom first then the comb cut is done, that is why a comb cut cost is quite a bit more than a lion cut.

Comb cuts must be done on a clean cat. The lines are the same, on both the lion cut and the comb cut. To achieve a good comb cut the cat must  be suitable, in both temperament and coat type.

Call us today or stop by Feline Fabulous so we can discuss if a lion cut is right for your cat.

 

 

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Toe Tuffs & Ruff Skim?

Toe tuffs? Ruff skim? What are you talking about?

Toe TuffsSome of the most beautiful attributes of the long hair breeds can be problem points for the owner. Toe tuffs, the longer  hairs growing on the bottom of the feet between the paw pads, can track litter threw out the house. They are desirable when showing and are part of the breed standard for many pedigreed cats, but can be trimmed, quickly and safely using a small trimmer clipper, to suit the needs of the owner.

 

The ruff skim, when an owner request a trim around the neckline of the cat–often times this request is to prevent the ruff from getting wet or dirty when the cat eats or drinks or to keep the ruff hairs from being caught in its mouth when licking. A ruff trim creates an over all neater appearance, easier to maintain on cats with a longer ruff.

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What is a Master Feline Groomer

Why using a Master Feline Groomer is important.

There are a lot of different pet grooming services that you can find throughout greater Charlotte metropolitan area. Large cities have so many options to look into when it comes to finding a pet grooming service, but few have a Certified Master Feline Groomer from the National Cat Groomers Institute of America (NCGIA)

Cats need special attention, and they all have different personalities.

When you’re looking for pet groomers consider a master feline groomer, there are 3 things that you need to look for. If you can find these things together, you’ll enjoy the best bet for your cat’s overall needs.

Consider the following 3 identifying traits when choosing a Master Feline Groomer:

1. Experience – The first thing that a master feline groomer will have is experience. They will dedicate their life to dealing with felines and nothing else. Sure, there are some locations that have both dog and cat grooming, but the best bet is the ones that deal with purely cats. Providing a stress free, dog free environment for your cat. Cats require a special kind of nuance, and making sure that they are comfortable even when bathing, is important. Only a steady hand, and a caring heart can truly get this done properly.

2. Credentials – Certifications, safety, and more are required to have a fully licensed business. A Certified master feline groomer, service has the credentials to back up their claims. It’s absolutely important to understand that safety comes with thorough care. When a certified master feline groomer takes care of your little one, they’ll be able also give your beloved friend a health examination, close to but not as thorough as a veterinarian during the grooming process. A master feline groomer with experience can spot abnormal situations and recommend you to a veterinarian if needed.

3. Reputation – The online world has information on every single kind of service possible. You’ll find that reputation online of pet groomers will be the third essential piece to finding a master feline groomer. You are going to feel a greater peace of mind knowing your precious pet is in the hands of someone that others have recommended. With the information age in full swing do not miss this opportunity to check out your pet groomer.

There are currently many different things to consider when looking for the proper Charlotte pet groomer for your cat. Before you invest in any major service, you should spend some time looking around for a service that offers you a Certified Master Feline Groomer, one that is highly rated, recommended, and ready for your needs. Do not go with any service that doesn’t give you peace of mind or you do not feel is a right fit for you.

Cats are lovely creatures, and they all have their own personality, so it’s imperative to take your time finding someone that is going to give them the loving attention that you would give them. Never neglect to take your time when following through with selecting the right service for your needs.

Carmen Craig is a Master Feline Groomer

Sanitary & Belly Shave

The Sanitary Shave helps with messy situations

Does your long hair kitty get a bit messy on the bottom and you hate to clean them up after every litter box affair? Maybe your kitty is a bit obese and can not effectively clean themselves properly, or your elderly kitty has a few issues with keeping clean.

What does a Sanitary Shave do?

A sanitary shave is keeping the hair short in these areas and may alleviate the problems. A mini sani shave is hair shaved just around the anus. A full sani shave involves the entire groin area. All sani shaves can be done to suit your kittys personal needs and help keep things cleaner for you and your kitty.

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Long Hair Kitty Care

Does your long hair kitty get those little bothersome mats all on their belly and underarm areas or lay on the ac vents to keep cool? Maybe you are a bit overwhelmed with the maintenance of the long hair but do not want that shaved look, or your kitty might not be a good candidate for a lion cut.

A belly shave, sani combo might be the answer! When done proper the shaved areas are not that noticeable and your kitty can have that full coat look.
We are here to help educate you in proper care and grooming of your kitty. Feel free to call and discuss your concerns with me.

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What is De-Shed Treatment

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De-shed treatment is a great solution

At Feline Fabulous, our De-shed treatment is one of our most popular add on services. Done after your cat is groomed, you get the best results.

It is our human clients that notice the De-shed treatment difference the most, less hair in the house, on your clothes and fewer hairballs to clean up! Short hair cats can shed just as much, if not more, than long hair cats, so no matter your cats hair length, a good De-shed treatment can benefit cat and owner.

De-shed Treatment to gauge When Kitty is Due

Some owners gauge their groom appointments on how much their cat is shedding, pet the kitty and get a handful of hair, it is time to see the groomer! Most deshed treatments can last 3 to 4 weeks, done on a regular basis, the time may last even longer.

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What are Soft Paws

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Feline Fabulous offers Soft Paws Nail Cap applications.

Soft Paws nail caps are a vinyl nail cap designed to fit easily over your cats claws. They are quick and easy to apply and typically last 4 to 6 weeks. Soft Paws do not affect nail extension or retraction.

Are Soft Paws Safe?

They are safe and effective for all cats no matter the cats age. Soft Paws prevent cats with skin conditions from injuring themselves with their hind claws and also can protect infants and seniors from scratches their cats may leave.

Soft Paws are a humane alternative to declawing or having to place your pet for adoption. Developed by a veterinarian, Soft Paws are a painless, non-surgical solution to your cats destructive scratching.

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Cat Grooming Myths

Cat Grooming Myths & Misconceptions

Cats groom themselves?–Cats DO NOT groom themselves, they lick themselves!

cat groomingThe licking causes cats to ingests loose, shedding hair which in turn can cause hairballs, an unsightly mess to clean up and can be a potential health risk. The cats licking of it’s coat creates dander on the coat, you pet your cat and dander is transferred onto your hand, then elsewhere. Dander is the cause of allergic reactions in humans. Cat grooming maintains more than just appearances.

The licking your cat does, does nothing to prevent matting, cleaning off dander or to get rid of unsightly dandruff. Licking does not clean waxy ears or gooey eyes, kill fleas or trim nails. Licking certainly does not wash away grease from the skin and coat. Only a thorough cat grooming can accomplish this.

Cats are greasy creatures and greasy cats become matted cats. As for water, most cats do not like a bath but will tolerate it enough to allow it to be done thoroughly, making a difference in the overall health and condition of your cats skin and coat. Cat grooming is recommended on a regular basis.

Signs your cat can benefit from a good cat grooming:

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  • 1. Long sharp claws tear at furniture, skin or get hung up in rugs
  • 2. Litter sticks to cats paws and gets everywhere
  • 3. Smells bad and has matts or dreadlocks
  • 4. Has waxy ears and matts around the ear area
  • 5. Smells like urine or gets fecal matter stuck to its hair
  • 6. Fleas
  • 7. A hairy cat that gets hot and lays on air conditioning vents
  • 8. Hairballs on floor
  • 9. Cat hair all over furniture and clothes
  • 10. Unsightly dandruff

[/red_arrow_list]Dander: dead skin cells and dried saliva flakes approximately 1/10 the size of dust mite. Dander contains an allergy-causing protein that is found primarily in cats saliva and on cat skin. It is accumulated over time as a cat licks itself. Dandruff: large flakes of dead skin that fall off usually due to lack of regular bathing or skin issues. Dandruff is visible to the naked eye and is easily treated if proper cat grooming is done on a regular basis.

 

How Cat Grooming is Done for Long & Short Haired Cats

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Our Full Coat Grooms are the same for a long hair or short hair cat grooming.

Nail trims are done first, then removal of LARGE, dirty mats. The bath is then given, which is the most vital part of the entire cat grooming process. Cats have excessively greasy skin and coats, the bath is needed to produce a clean, luxurious finish. Without a proper bath the groom or cat grooming is less than satisfactory.

A cat grooming bath done properly:

The coat will fall into place with a smoothness and volume after grooming is complete and will stay mat free for several weeks. Most cats require two complete lathers and rinse outs before they are considered clean. After the bath, the face and ears must be cleaned. The areas that require the most attention are the eyes, mouth and chin. The bathing process softens any hard eye discharge, making the cleaning of this area much easier after the bath.

During cat grooming process the groomer can spot potential problem areas and address the owner about them.

The ears are then cleaned and cats are known for having dirty, waxy ears. A safe and proper product is used to gently wipe the inside of the ear. If wax is still present in the folds of the ear, a Q-tip is used to reach those areas. Nothing is ever inserted deep inside the cats ear canal. Again we can spot potential ear problems, bring it to the owners attention and recommend veterinarian care if needed.

The second most important process of the cat grooming is in the blow drying and mat removal.

A high velocity dryer is used to produce the fluffy, show worthy results that cats are deserving of. It also helps in the de-matting process and removal of dead, loose hair. De-matting is done during the hand drying process after the coat is 90% dry. Dematting a wet coat will leave bald patches where the mats were removed.

At Feline Fabulous we have the Catty Shack, which makes the drying process much faster and safer than traditional table drying. Once the coat is dry and free of mats the cat is put back on the grooming table and a thorough comb out is done paying special attention to the underside and legs. Some loose hair will come out on the final cat grooming comb out. The more hair removed, the less hair will shed off once the cat is home.