One thing to remember is that in that picture he was sedated because of dental surgery, so he’s not at his best.
The first haircut he had was different – there was no sedation. In fact, afterward the vet tech mentioned that Gus kept snapping at them and I was thinking – “I know, why do you think I paid you to cut his hair!”
I’ll admit this one looks a little strange, but the uncut booties on his foot are a highlight. He looks like the teen and twenty something girls who put on fur-lined boots out here whenever the temperature gets below sixty or so.
But in repose he looks pretty good even on the first day after the cut. This gives an idea why it is called a “lion cut”.
I did modify the standard lion cut to leave virtually the entire tail alone. It is such a good feature for him. You can see the ‘battle scars’ where the snapping cat caused an extra close shave on his back. No cuts, though. You can see his ‘Shar Pei” folds by his front legs.
From this angle you can hardly tell he’s been shaved at all.
This is Gus just two months later – coincidentally this is Calpurnia’s first day home. I took a picture of him relaxing while she was up in her safe room upstairs. The hair is a little short, perhaps about as long as a short-haired cat’s hair on the shaved areas.
So there’s no need to feel bad for Gus – he’s always stylish.