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Grooming Your Cat: To Shave or Not to Shave

Are summer shave downs good for cats? Do cats love it? Does shaving all the hair really keep a cat cooler?

As the temperatures rise across the country, many well-intentioned cat parents consider shaving cats to keep them more comfortable with the warmth and humidity. After all, we don’t want to wear a fur coat during the summer, so why should our cats?

Common sense tells us that shaving off a dense fur coat would help keep cats cooler in hot weather, but shaving your cats down actually robs them of their own natural defense against summer heat and sunburn.

Cat fur is entirely different from human hair. For both dogs and cats, their fur coats help them regulate their temperatures in both cold and warmer weather, similar to insulation for our houses.

Unlike human hair, cat fur has different layers that are responsible for your cat’s comfort and temperature control. If you do decide to trim down your cat’s coat during the next heat wave, keep these tips in mind.

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