Will a House Cat Grow His Hair Back if Shaved?

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Whether you have him fully shaved or get him a specialized lion cut, Garfield's hair should grow back just fine. For long-haired cats, it can take four to six months for fur to regrow completely. But if you shave a short-haired kitty, his hair should grow back in less than three months. Certain factors influence hair growth, so you need to know what's normal for your kitty and what to watch for.

Regrowth Details

In some cases, Garfield's new hair might have a different texture than his old coat. It might be thinner or thicker than it used to be. The hair on your head grows nonstop. Your furry pal's hair doesn't grow the same way. Instead, a new hair pops up only after the old hair falls out. It's critical to leave at least an inch of fur behind when shaving. This gives the old hairs a chance to fall out at the end of their cycle and the new hairs a spot to come in. When hair is too short, it can become embedded, causing pain, irritation and hairless patches. If his fur doesn't seem to be coming back, take him to the vet for a checkup. Ringworm, bacterial infections or hormonal imbalances can impact hair regrowth.

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