Is it OK to shave all the hair off your indoor cat during the warmer months?
- The general rule of thumb is to not remove a cat's fur: it is
an important aspect of their protection from the environment, and
certainly should never be done in the cooler months.
However, cats can and do suffer from heat exhaustion which can kill
them very quickly. if your indoor area gets very hot during the
summer (as some uninsulated non-air-conditioned houses do), or you
have a very thick-coated or long-haired cat, then this maybe an
option. You should discuss this with your vet.
My cats are indoors, and I will be getting the vet to trim their
fur for the upcoming summer, as the cats get very distressed when
the temperature goes above 32 Celsius inside: a common occurrence
where I live. Last summer many cats died from the heat, so it's
important to get it right.
- I have two cats. One loves the heat and I know he would freeze
on the hottest summer day without his coat. The other one, however
has a dense undercoat that sheds everywhere. I do get him shaved
once at the beginning of summer and he loves it! The groomers all
comment on what a great personality he is. It just depends on the
- Absolutely not! Cats love the warmer weather and often lay out
in it soaking up the rays and if they get too warm they are quite
capable of finding a cooler spot. Cats love warmth more than dogs.
Leave the cat alone except to groom it with a soft brush. Gently
pull back the fur towards you and go the other way with the brush.
Be sure you have a brush from a pet store especially for cats. By
the way, you shouldn't bath your cat either because their own way
of grooming keeps them clean.
- I disagree! I have a Himalayan Persian and have shaved her
underside (belly) every summer. She loves lying on the cool tile
floor. I also bathe her every few months using Martha Stewart's
technique - Use 3 5-gallon buckets, tepid water, one to wash and 2
for rinse. There is no running water to scare them and they feel
safe because they can hold on to the sides of the bucket.
- I certainly wouldn't shave all the hair off a cat, it's their
pride and joy as a woman's is to her and you wouldn't just shave a
woman's hair off in summer because she's hot, also you could hurt
- Cats do love the heat and are able to cool down brilliantly by
themselves as their fur has been adapted after many many years of
existence, way before we were even here, so you don't NEED to shave
its fur off. You would only be doing this for yourself not for the
cat and that's not exactly fair is it? (unless its been
specifically bred to have fur it didn't naturally have by people
with a mix of two different species, then it probably needs
specialist care and grooming) But bathing them is OK when they
really need it IE a little accident which older cats are prone to
have, they just don't like baths much is all.
- If cats weren't meant to have fur at certain times of year,
then they wouldn't have it. Trust in evolution!
- I have seen what this kind of treatment can do to cats. If you
demoralize your pet, it can be detrimental to its health. Loss of
appetite, depression and listlessness are symptoms which can mean
your pet needs to be hospitalized and put on a drip to keep it
hydrated due to the appetite loss. This is an extreme, but another
consequence is poor skin condition. Lack of hair can cause eczema
and dry skin, and possible irritation when the fur starts to grow
back. Think of stubble/shaving rash. Not pleasant. By all means,
aid your cat with routine grooming, but leave them to their own
devices otherwise. If the summer months are hot, the fur will
naturally shed and cats are great at finding a spot that suits them
- I agree DO NOT shave a cat, they are meant to have fur, they
naturally molt and produce a thinner fur for the warmer months,
leave it be. If you are still unsure check with a vet.