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Feb 19 2015
February 19, 2015 at 10:51 am
How was she with the groomer? We’ve had to shave cats before, so I’ve seen the plush/velvet they resemble after shaving. That expression, though, I hope she doesn’t decide to take revenge on anyone. Our cat, though, was actually happier after shaving than he was when his hair was long. I hope she’s the same.
Lisa M says
February 19, 2015 at 10:53 am
And the look on her face! “I’m going to pretend I’m pissed at you for this indignity, but secretly it feels soooo good!”
February 19, 2015 at 11:07 am
Wow, that look doesn’t bode well for her housemates as it looks as if revenge is being plotted/planned/designed/implemented.
Cara h says
February 19, 2015 at 11:15 am
i had one that, after grooming, would hide his head under the edge of the tablecloth. Apparently, if he couldn’t see us we couldn’t see him.
February 19, 2015 at 11:42 am
Oh she looks very unamused!
February 19, 2015 at 11:55 am
“Oh woe is me!”
Muddy Mindy says
February 19, 2015 at 12:09 pm
Just. Kill. Me. Now.
February 19, 2015 at 12:10 pm
Hehehe. Our Lhasa Apso used to hide in shame for a few days every time we had her cut that way for summer.
February 19, 2015 at 10:30 pm
I have a Tibetan Terrier and he does the same thing! He hides under our kitchen table and not even a treat will get him out!
February 19, 2015 at 12:23 pm
That expression says it all.
February 19, 2015 at 12:25 pm
I had a Pomeranian who managed to get construction adhesive in his coat and had to be shaved. He looked at me that way and peed on my slippers that night. He hid in his pet carrier all day. He actually got to like it when we told him how cute he was.
February 19, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Haha that murderous look! You should be carefull!
Theodore D says
February 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm
After “abusing” a loved pet (at least in their minds) we need to let them know that they are still loved and their company is enjoyed.
After shaving the dogs (and myself having been raised on a farm) we loved them no matter what. They still hated the shaving but, at least they knew we didn’t hate them!
Bwahaha! Oh, the indignity… 😀 Her expression says it all: “Someone will pay dearly for this, just you wait. I know where you sleep.”
We don’t shave cats in my country (the climate is too cold) unless it’s for medical reasons like surgery, so this is a strange sight to me. Our cat did have to shave one of his legs recently for blood samples to be taken, and was very affronted. He did his best Hannibal Lecter imitation at the vet and managed to bite several people even after receiving a relaxant, so I don’t think it would even have been possible to shave more without sedating him completely. The fur grows out pretty quickly, though.
February 20, 2015 at 3:19 pm
Ilonas cat had to be shaved because she hates being brushed and after a necessary bath the fur was matted. Since she doesn’t let her be brushed, this was the only way to keep her healthy and hygienic 🙂 I don’t think anyone would shave a long-hair cat just for fun 😀
February 20, 2015 at 3:37 pm
Yes, I remember seeing the other post about Tulip’s litter box accident. I definitely didn’t think this was done just for fun and hope my comment didn’t come across as implying disapproval in any way. I was just saying that it isn’t something traditionally done here in Scandinavia, because even indoor cats would freeze too much. I have American friends in the South who shave their long-haired cats during summer because they would really suffer from the heat otherwise, so the idea isn’t totally new to me, I just don’t see pictures of shaved cats very often. 🙂
On the flip side, I’ve seen many Americans express surprise that Europeans put harnesses on their indoor cats and walk them outside like dogs. (I’ve always assumed people did that all over the world, so their surprise was surprising to me.)
February 21, 2015 at 4:30 am
Nah, you didn’t come across as critical or something, I just wanted to explain 🙂
Here in Austria cats are seldomly walked in a harness. Either you have an indoor cat, or your cat can go outside by himself. People look funny at you, if you go for a walk with your cat 😉
February 22, 2015 at 8:58 am
My family lived in Austria for a year and used to walk our three cats; we were probably seen as the local crazy cat people. 🙂 But this was out in the country, so people were used to much stranger sights (there were cows pretty much everywhere). 🙂
February 21, 2015 at 8:30 am
Having lived in France for a number of years (with numerous international friends as well) I can say that I have not seen or heard of cat walking being a norm in any place or person I’ve been exposed to. I am wondering if it’s not a European thing but just that Scandinavians are weird? 😀 ::ducking, running::
February 22, 2015 at 9:02 am
I am wondering if it’s not a European thing but just that Scandinavians are weird?
Oh, we happily admit to being weird. 😀 But in this case, I’m a little surprised it isn’t more common in other parts of the world. Many cats love being outside, but it isn’t safe for them to roam freely, so walking them is a good compromise. Also, it doesn’t seem to be completely unheard of in the US: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/cat-behavior/teaching-your-cat-walk-leash
Our current cat is an outdoors cat, though, as he’s a former stray and would shred anyone who approached him with a leash/harness. Kittens are much easier to train.
February 22, 2015 at 11:28 am
It’s not unheard of – in fact we tried walking our cat with a harness a few times because my daughter wanted to. It is however not something you normally see.
My comment though was more my not being able to pass on a good set up and my belief in your sense of humor and patience with my poor sense of humor 😀
February 23, 2015 at 2:23 pm
I’m glad to hear leash-training cats is SOP somewhere. Sadly, most people with outdoor cats in the U.S. just don’t expect them to live long. My last cats were indoors, and lived more than 15 years. My previous cats were outdoors and the oldest lived 8.
My current cat is leash-trained BECAUSE he was feral when I trapped him. He is happy being an indoor cat, but likes going outside, so we compromised
February 19, 2015 at 12:51 pm
“Oh, if only I could roar like Curran….”
February 19, 2015 at 1:24 pm
Dear Tulip, I’m glad Ilona got you Uggs as a consolation post-shave. They look great on you 😀
February 19, 2015 at 1:26 pm
How can something look so cute and so murderous at the same time? 😀
February 19, 2015 at 1:40 pm
I would carefully shake out all shoes and slippers. Accidents (lol) have happened in footwear before and it somehow gets hidden in the toes. PS. I am speaking from personal experience. My mom forgot to clean the cat’s letterbox for two days when my brother got married. On the third day she put her foot in her slipper and found a present in the toe
February 19, 2015 at 1:41 pm
Sorry meant litterbox
February 19, 2015 at 1:51 pm
The phrase, “You’re beautiful when you angry.” comes to mind.
February 19, 2015 at 2:01 pm
Hopefully the groomer’s insurance will cover the medical care s/he will need after Violet got done with him/her.
She now has a mighty “Lion Cut”. She will be much happier not to have her matts pulling on her skin.
February 19, 2015 at 3:09 pm
awww.. she’s trying to imitate Grumpy Cat!
Richard C says
February 19, 2015 at 3:10 pm
Yeah….y’all are going to die tonight. Man and I wanted the next Kate book too.
Fan in California says
February 19, 2015 at 3:13 pm
File under “Tough Love”.
February 19, 2015 at 3:49 pm
I would sleep with one eye open for a few days if I were you.
Erin Burns says
February 19, 2015 at 4:18 pm
Awww, that’s the kind of look my Hera would give before she’d get Oscar to drag things into the bathroom so she could legally pee on them. Yes, our cats are/were devious.
Debra L. says
February 19, 2015 at 4:28 pm
Oh boy, what a little murder puff!
February 19, 2015 at 4:56 pm
Angry cat is angry…
Claire Lee says
February 19, 2015 at 6:27 pm
We don’t shave cats in britain that is one of the weirdest things I have seen in a long time.and that is one very angry kitty.it body looks like a stuff toy not real.
February 20, 2015 at 8:21 am
Believe it or not, Claire, our old Maine Coon mix was happier when shaved than when he had his full coat. He was more active as well. We’re considering it for our current long-haired female as she also has some serious matting issues and hates being brushed with the passion of a thousand fiery suns… =)
February 23, 2015 at 2:26 pm
I concur. All the long-haired cats I’ve know who got the lion-cut quickly found it a good thing
February 19, 2015 at 6:55 pm
I am Fluffy, Destroyer of worlds. Mock me at your peril.
February 19, 2015 at 10:24 pm
Oh my goodness! The lioncut combined with that dirty look.. awwwwww. LOL
February 20, 2015 at 12:17 am
I just had someone else post a picture of a cat with severe matting who got shaved. That one was single color and the tail was shaved too. It almost looks like photoshop except for the expression on the cats’ faces. (The other cat was no more pleased about it than yours.)
February 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm
have to leave the tuft on the end of the tail so the cat recognizes it 🙂
February 20, 2015 at 5:35 am
So many jokes, so little time.
February 20, 2015 at 8:16 am
some actually like it. OUr big Maine Coon (30#) was so matted when we adopted him that he had to have a lion cut. He was so happy and spent considerably time cooling his tummy on the tile. I used to shave his underside before the start of every summer
M L says
February 20, 2015 at 9:09 am
Though it may take a hundred years, vengeance shall be mine…. Or until I get some fresh Alaskan salmon.
February 20, 2015 at 9:35 am
Actually I don’t think salmon would cancel the vengeance – it would just forestall for it a bit. Playing light faeries with a laser works well for that purpose too. 🙂
February 20, 2015 at 9:29 am
We used to have to get our bichon frisé groomed every 6-8 weeks. They don’t shed so the hair just keeps growing, gets into their eyes and eventually they look like mini sheep/miniature polar bears. Absolutely hated getting groomed (mostly because we think he had to get wet. He was like a cat and he HATED getting wet, we’d have to drag him out of the house on a leash to get him to do his business whenever it rained). Whenever we’d go to pick him up, he always somehow mysteriously spotted us in his crate (or maybe smelled us) and would start barking and howling at the top of his lungs. Basically screaming “Get me out of here! Get me out of here!” Never was ashamed of his haircut (it helped keep him cool in summer), just started to panic as soon as we entered the groomer’s.
Pat Sciarini says
February 20, 2015 at 12:13 pm
Oh, if looks could kill! But he looks more comfy!
February 20, 2015 at 2:11 pm
*snort* Look. Of. Death.
If I was you I would be scared of sleeping. Tulip looks like revenge is coming 🙂
February 20, 2015 at 5:35 pm
Just like my cat – she is 1/2 maine coon and I pay $40 every six months for the vet to shave her in a lion cut.
February 21, 2015 at 8:25 am
Mine have always loved their lion cuts. My Maine Coon needs it from time to time and he is always happy with it. I have done my 18 year old as he’s not grooming himself any more. Not in winter though,as he’s become a skinny old man.
February 22, 2015 at 9:52 pm
Thanks for letting me know it works well with your 18 year old cat. I have a 19 year old longhair cat who isn’t grooming himself anymore either. So I’ll bite the bullet and shave him down once the weather gets consistently warmer.
February 22, 2015 at 8:09 am
Warm kitty, soft kitty, pissed as H*!! kitty.
Have you ever tried a metal single blade curry comb? It looks a little mean, but the neighbor pets would run up when they saw it.