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8 Truly Unique (and Useful) Haircuts for Cats!

Many haircuts for cats are for their comfort, but who says your kitty can’t be comfortable and stylish! Check out these unique haircuts for cats.

1. Lion Cut

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Perhaps the most well-known of all haircuts for cats is the lion cut. Mostly done on long-haired breeds, it gives the household cat the appearance of its cousin, the lion. Your kitty will be shaved, except for her:

  • Shoulders
  • Head
  • Neck
  • Feet
  • Tip of the tail

This leaves a mane and tufted tail, just like the well-known Big Cat.

While it looks adorable, this cut has plenty of purpose. Long-haired cat breeds are prone to matting. Even with routine brushing, mats can occur, especially in hard-to-reach places like her lower back and stomach. Mats can be extremely uncomfortable for your cat as they tighten and pull on her skin. As your cat ages, she’ll become less flexible, so mats will be more common. If your cat absolutely hates the brush, a lion cut is almost a necessity.

In these hot Katy summers, this cut does wonders for keeping your kitty cool!

Two common breeds that often get the lion cut are Maine coons and Persians.

2. Comb Cut

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A comb cut is very similar to a lion cut, but instead of shaving, the fur is trimmed extremely short in the same pattern.

It can perform the same tricks, cutting back on the amount of mats in your cat’s fur while also reducing shedding and hairballs.

If your cat is prone to skin problems, this cut allows you to easily inspect her while she stays comfortable!

3. Panther Cut

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In the opposite direction of the lion and comb cuts is the panther cut. Your groomer will shave your cat almost completely, only leaving fur on her head and legs. Occasionally, the tip of the tail isn’t shaved either, but this depends on your style sensibility and your cat’s preference.

The panther cut is a solution for cats that are prone to extreme matting, especially on the back of the neck as they age.

4. Stripe Style

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In the stripe style cut, your cat’s fur is left completely alone on her head, face, and tail. Her body is shaved, and her legs are half-shaved. This gives her the appearance of wearing snow boots and a Santa beard! You can also choose to trim your kitty’s fur close to the skin rather than shaving.

This look is a great choice for cats that overheat or mat easily.

5. Enhanced Pattern Cut

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Does your cat have a unique pattern? While cutting down on hairballs, this trim really brings out the natural colors and pattern of your kitty. Stripes especially pop! If your cat has long hair, check out an enhanced pattern cut! Want to highlight a specific pattern or color on your cat, ask your groomer to trim along the pattern line!

6. Egyptian Cut

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If you own an Abyssinian, you probably know her breed originated in Egypt. Sometimes long fur can change her unique appearance, even if she’s generally short haired. An Egyptian cut, which is a trim, brings back that look her breed is well known for!

7. Dinosaur or Dragon Cut

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Lion cuts and comb cuts are very popular choices for cats, but if you want to mix it up a bit while still helping your kitty reduce mats and hairballs, go for the dinosaur cut! It serves all the health purposes of the lion cut while keeping your kitty stylish.

This unique look is also known as the:

  • Dragon cut
  • Stegosaurus cut
  • Mohawk cut

8. Teddy Bear Trim

A teddy bear trim is a complex look for cats that should only be done by a professional groomer. The fur has to be prepared perfectly, which means proper cleaning and trimming with the right equipment.

In this look, also known as a comb trim or the cat’s pajama trim, the fur is trimmed an inch or less, (depending on the type of cat you have) with the fur around her face and tail customized to look its best.

This trim is a low-maintenance option for cat owners, while also providing benefits like less shedding and fewer hairballs. It’s also a great choice if you’re not a fan of the more extreme options, like a lion cut.

These are some of the most popular, yet unique haircuts for cats. They have true benefits for kitties, especially if yours has longer hair or is prone to hairballs, mats, or extreme shedding. And they’re great for preventing overheating in high temperatures like we have.

If you’re interested in getting a unique haircut for your cat, take her to a professional groomer! Cats can get a bit feisty when groomed, and you want your furry friend to stay safe and stylish. Ready to schedule an appointment for your kitty, or want some insight into the best cut for your cat? Give Cinco Ranch Vet a call at 281-693-7387.

6 Unique Ways to Style Your Dog!

If you bring your dog to the groomers for their “regular,” are you really speaking to your furbaby’s style? People experiment with their hair; why can’t dogs? There are some unique and interesting hairdos out there for pooches; you’re sure to find what works best with your dog’s style!

Check out six of our favorite haircuts for cool dogs:

1. Teddy Bear

The Teddy Bear, also known as a Puppy Cut, is a fairly popular—definitely adorable—haircut for cool dogs. The end result of a “teddy” or “puppy” varies from groomer to groomer, but the general idea is your dog should look cute, cuddly, and puppy-like!

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The Teddy Bear cut is for dogs with longer coats—often smaller dogs like:

  • Shih tzus
  • Maltese
  • Pomeranian
  • Bichons

If you have a ‘Teddy Bear’ dog, which is a mix between a shih tzu and a bichon frise, you have the absolute perfect dog for this look!

2. Lamb Cut

Picture a lamb in your mind. Don’t forget about the curls and the fluff! You’re imagining another popular, unique look for dogs.

In this haircut, your pup’s face and feet are shaved. Its tail may also be shaved, but that is up to the groomer and your preferences. The rest of your dog’s hair will generally be the same length throughout, resulting in a fluffy, lamb-like look.

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The Lamb Cut is an extremely popular choice for poodles, as it is one of the cuts used for showing. But other dogs can enjoy this cool cut too! It works best on breeds with curly hair but can look trendy on a wide range of long-haired breeds if done correctly.

3. Lion Cut

The Lion Cut will definitely bring out your pup’s wild side!

Dating back to the 17th century, it was first used for working, fishing dogs in Portugal. The cut helped them weigh less, making it easier for them to swim and complete work without the burden of extra hair.

The cut is almost exactly as it sounds: Your pup’s torso, legs, and hindquarters are shaved, and its head and neck fur is left naturally long. The tail is also shaved—except for the burst of fur at the tip!

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The Lion Cut is most commonly used for:

  • Portuguese water dogs
  • Chows
  • Poodles

It’s also a top choice for Pomeranians because their color closely resembles that of a lion. In fact, it’s so popular with this breed, that it’s also known as the Pomeranian Cut and can be used in AKC shows.

It’s best to ask your groomer’s advice before getting a lion cut for your dog! It isn’t right for every breed and does require regular maintenance and trims.

4. Top Knot

The Top Knot is another cool cut reserved for some lucky specific breeds. It requires a significant amount of hair on the top of the head to work properly. A good rule of thumb is if your dog has enough hair to cover its eyes, it has enough hair for a top knot.

A top knot is a ponytail made at the top of your dog’s head. It can be done for show or to ensure your pup has an easier time navigating its environment. It’s a great solution if your dog’s hair is constantly getting in its eyes, dragging on the floor, or falling into the water bowl.

The hair is generally held in place with a beautiful bow or barrette, but a hair tie can also be used. If your dog has plenty of hair, you may be able to make a hair bow—a literal bow of hair!

5. Asian Freestyle

The Asian Freestyle, also known as Japanese Grooming, Asian Fusion, or Asian Styling, is still fairly new to the United States. First becoming popular in the U.S. in 2014, the groom is originally from China, Japan, and Korea. The result varies from region to region, groomer to groomer, and dog to dog!

Asian Freestyle follows no real rules except to make your pup look adorable—like a stuffed dog. It’s frequently considered an art form, so the groomer and owner get artistic freedom. There are also no breed standards for this cool dog haircut!

Generally, dogs that get this haircut end up with extremely fluffy, columned legs that resemble bell-bottom pants, and the overall appearance of cotton candy. The hair on their faces is cut to look like stuffed bears or dogs. Since there are no breed standards, the cut is modified from dog to dog, but symmetry is often sought in the end result.

6. Kennel Cut

The Kennel Cut is an extremely common cut, but in the heat of summer, there’s not much cooler than this one! The name comes from the idea that it’s your dog’s off-season from showing, hunting, or working. A shorter coat is more comfortable in hot weather and easier for you to manage.

Cut close to the skin, the kennel cut favors an even length throughout the fur, with a clean face and feet. It’s perfect if you and your dog just need a break!

These are only five examples of cool haircuts for your dog; there is a wide range of options available to you when it’s time to take Fifi in for her new look! What hairdo is your dog rocking this summer?

If it’s about time your pup got a haircut, you have a show coming up, or you just want to try something different for your furbaby, we’re happy to help! With over 60 years of experience, we can offer advice and suggestions when it comes to your pet’s best grooming. Make an appointment for a full spa day—bubble bath, nail trimming, ear cleaning, and a new hairdo—by calling us at 281-693-7387.

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