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Mane Wigs For Pet Cats

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A haircut can be a marvellous thing. While the potential for disaster is always there, a good haircut can do wonders for a person's self-image. Sometimes, taking a little off the sides can take years off a person, and drastically change the way other people see them.

Now consider the humble housecat. Although they have more hair than us humans, its length and placement seems to be genetically pre-determined. Cats don't have the luxury of haircuts - they just shed. I've had my cat for years, and I've never had to give him so much as a trim. I have had to shave a few of his favourite chairs, though. And quite a few of my armchairs used to have a long back and sides before Bob got his claws into them.

But: my cat also likes watching TV. He particularly enjoys nature programs - specifically, those featuring Big Cats. Lions in particular will have him glued to the screen for hours at a time. While he likes watching these programmes, I don't think he actually gets the whole concept of "television". Given that my TV isn't exactly huge, I'm fairly sure that when he watches these programmes he's thinking - "Man, that Africa place has some really small trees. And the people over there are pretty tiny too. The mice seem to have longer legs and pointy horns, but if this huge guy's lap wasn't so damned comfy, I'd be over there in a shot."

I want to give my little cat the best of both worlds. Let him live out his savannah fantasies in my tiny backyard. I'd like to give him a mane wig - so he can feel all self-important (and a little like Don King) as he stalks butterflies through the toe-high grass ("Big Cats my arse", he'll think - "never seen those lions tackle anything with wings as big as this..."). Also, instead of a bell on his collar, he'll have a tiny microphone/speaker system, which will take his squeaky little meows and slow them down and amplify them until they rival the roars of his African cousins.

Wee cats should be given big cat respect. Who'd have thought such a sleekly evolved hunter could end up being so damn cute?

lostdog, Jun 10 2004

Lion cut http://www.snopes.com/photos/lioncut.asp
[Worldgineer, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

More lion cuts http://www.thecatga..._models_page_8.html
[Worldgineer, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

(?) Mane Coon http://www.maine-co...mages/sidelook2.jpg
No, wait, something wrong with the spelling there... [DrCurry, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]


       You'll probably get scratched but the cat will look cute for a few seconds. +
sartep, Jun 10 2004

       I'm covering Bob's eyes as i check out the links...
lostdog, Jun 10 2004

       That first cat [link] looks like he's about to commit murder, I've never seen a cat so outraged! He's got every right to be pissed off of course.
simonj, Jun 11 2004

       I don't think ld was proposing any shaving to be carried out.   

       +1 a joy to read as usual.
po, Jun 11 2004

       I suppose the all-over version would be a Maine wig.
angel, Jun 11 2004

       I think Pete and Dud would go for this. They wouldn't like the putting on bit, naturally, and they don't watch a lot of television, but I'm all for educating cats about their families and I'm sure they'd like the whole role playing thing.   

       <lion> grrrr! </lion>   

       I don't know how people get close enough to cats to give them those lion cuts. In our house you'd end up with serious lacerations. I'm not sure why you'd want to either - one of my favourite things is curling up on the sofa with Pete stroking his furry tummy. It would be nasty if it was just skin.
hazel, Jun 11 2004

       In his younger days, I often gave my golden labrador a 'lion cut' with electric clippers. Left a tuft at the end of the tail and a ruffle around the neck, made the rest quite short. He looked fantastic!! Other dogs would literally stop and stare!!
ConsulFlaminicus, Jun 11 2004

       Consul, that might be hard to do with the golden labrador, since they have such short hair.
ldischler, Jun 11 2004

       [ldischler] It is short, but long enough, and the coat thick enough, to give quite an effect when clipped. The overall shape and colouring of golden labs also helps create a mini lion appearance. My guy is too old to do it again (the clipped hair doesn't grow back) but the memories are precious.
ConsulFlaminicus, Jun 12 2004

       [Z] I'm sure, but some of them put up a hell of a fight when you try to get their lederhosen off...
ConsulFlaminicus, Jun 13 2004

       Funny stuff! Both the lion wig and the lion cut :D
Aerythes, Jun 13 2004

       A lot of Maine Coon cats tend to have a rather mane-like appearance to their coat; it may be accented somewhat by wearing a collar, but the manes are pretty impressive.
supercat, Jun 13 2004

       As noted by my link (q.v.).
DrCurry, Jun 14 2004

       Also as suggested by my first anno way up there ---^
angel, Jun 14 2004

       [po], [sartep], I think that the crash ate your buns!
goatfaceKilla, May 31 2005


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