*It is important to note that any time the hair is clipped, there is a small risk that regrowth may not occur or may occur at a slower rate. While this risk is minimal, it can increases with age and in the presence of chronic medical conditions. This does not normally cause any discomfort or harm to the cat but may be of importance to the owner.
It is also important to note that clipping the hair may cause it to regrow a slightly different color and/or texture. This is a more common occurrence. Typically, the coat appears to be lighter in color and softer or more “cottony” in texture. We believe the reason for this has to do with the fact that there are two main types of hair on a cat’s body, in addition to their whiskers. A cat’s coat consists of both undercoat (the softer, lighter hair that comprises most shedding hair) and guard coat (the coarser, outer layer of hair that offers protection from the elements). Guard hair is not shed and regrown as often as undercoat. Thus, when the hair is clipped or shaved, it is common for the undercoat to regrow more quickly than the guard coat. Depending on a particular cat’s coat, the difference between guard coat and undercoat may be negligible or more noticeable. If the undercoat is significantly lighter and softer in color and grows back faster than the guard coat, it may change the overall appearance and feel of the cat’s coat. Our groomer can give you an idea of how clipping may affect the texture and color of your cat’s coat prior to your groom.
While a change in color does not cause any discomfort or harm to a cat, the softening of the texture may cause the coat to mat more easily. We ask that owners keep this in mind when choosing a groom.