Grooming your pet yourself is no easy task, which is why people often take their furry friends to professionals to have their hair washed and cut by those who know what they’re doing when it comes to animal styling.
But what happens when the professionals get it wrong?
That’s what happened to this poor moggy, whose owner took to Reddit to show off the disastrous result of a recent trip to the groomers.
The user said they hadn’t asked for the drastic cut, and haven’t been able to “stop laughing” since bringing their cat back home.
The title of the Reddit post read: “I got my girl groomed. This…is not what I was expecting. I can’t stop laughing.”
The post has already garnered almost 1,000 comments since it was posted earlier this week, with many sympathising with the poor cat’s horrible trim.
One wrote: “I’m actually in tears from laughing so hard. Thank you for this! Poor kitty’s still trying her best to maintain her dignity from the head up.”
A second said: “This looks like you photoshopped your cat’s head onto a different cat’s body.”
While another added: “Good on you for having a great sense of humour about it! Now you have a naked lion lol.”
Other commenters were more helpful, with some offering tips on how to groom a longhaired cat at home to avoid more haircuts from hell.
One comment read: “Teaching her to love being groomed will help as well. We finally had to shave our longhaired cat when she was around twelve for health reasons. Thankfully she was calm enough for me to do it. I just shaved her body, left her leg warmers, a floofy tail, and a lion’s mane.”
And another said: “Keep trying brushes until you find one she likes (make sure it’ll work for long hair). Mine loves hers, she will come running if I say her name and add the word brush. She will cuddle it if I set it on the floor. Regular brushing keeps most of the mats down and helps with the shedding. I can always tell when I’ve been too neglectful, we start to get a lot more tumbleweeds.
“I would like to give her a sanitary trim once in a while, and we’ve trimmed some toe floof once or twice when she starts drifting in corners, but otherwise it’s been pretty easy.”
The original poster later responded to let others know that while the trim wasn’t what she was expecting, it was “necessary” for the cat’s health.
They wrote: “She has very fine fur that mats easily, despite my best efforts to brush her almost daily. The shaving was necessary. It’s also very hot here & this makes her feel better.”