Can you shave a ragdoll cat? Is it a good idea to give your ragdoll cat a haircut? The short answer is: You can do it, but you don’t have to. Ragdolls are a semi-long haired breed with a silky coat that doesn’t tend to tangle, so they don’t need regular trimming.
Ragdolls don’t need a haircut – their fur can be grown out and when it’s time they will shed the fur naturally. Just make sure you brush your cat regularly – twice a week is ideal.
Shaving is dangerous because the cat’s skin is so thin due to age and/or health. The risk of scratching or cutting the cat is very high. In order to shave the fur, a clipper blade must be used very close to the cat’s skin, and sometimes the ability to see what’s underneath is inhibited by the fur.
Whatever the reason, the fact is there is no such thing as a short haired ragdoll cat. A purebred Ragdoll has medium to long hair. The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) states that a Ragdoll cat’s coat must be “moderately long” as a breed standard.
Cat depression after shaving. As resilient as their distinct personalities may seem, our furry little friends don’t like change. A haircut or trim can make them feel a bit offended, especially if they don’t take well to the grooming process and/or find it traumatic.
Shaving cats indoors and outdoors
If your cats only live indoors, it shouldn’t be necessary to shave cats for heat reasons, even if they have long or dark hair have fur. Your home is unlikely to get so hot that you can’t find a comfortable place to rest.
Care for Health and Comfort
Although most cats don’t actually need to be shaved or trimmed, sometimes it is the best choice for both the cat and the cat owner . Shaving your cat doesn’t mean you don’t have to brush her anymore. As the hair grows back, it can tangle again if you don’t brush enough.
Ragdoll Grooming and Grooming
We recommend brushing her twice a week to keep her coat soft and silky. Use a brush with soft bristles so your cat doesn’t object too much! You should also consider ending a grooming session with a treat to encourage positive associations.
Bathing may not be a regular requirement for Ragdoll cats as they are naturally very clean animals. They only need to be bathed once in 30 days, but you also need to make sure you dry them off right away to limit the chance of catching the flu.
Some Ragdolls love to be held like a baby, while others prefer to act as your very own foot warmer. Other ragdolls might even sit on your shoulders like a parrot or your grandma’s scarf. Regardless of the position, a purring ball of fur awaits you at every opportunity.
In general a shaved, healthy cat should start to regrow some down after a few weeks. Short haired cats will have their hair back within 2 months, while long haired cats may have to wait up to 6 months for their fur to fully grow back.
Sometimes owners choose to shave their cat to prevent the coat from becoming matted or when the coat is too matted to brush out. Shaving can be a great way to groom your cat’s coat; however, it can cause hair color to change, which can be alarming for cat owners.
Do all ragdolls get mats? Technically, the Ragdoll breed doesn’t have a true undercoat, meaning there isn’t a thick layer of fur next to their skin. No true undercoat should mean their coat doesn’t get matted. In the real world, however, Raggies tend to get mats from time to time.