The "Dino-cut" is the latest cat grooming trend, and while some felines manage to pull off their new look, others don't look quite so pleased.
By Published on 25 Apr 2019
Also known as the "dragon-cut," the dino style consists of a short buzz cut on the sides while the fur on the back is shaved to look like the triangular plates of a stegosaurus or dragon.
Nobody knows where the trend started, but it's now spread all over the USA. Dino-cats were also spotted as far north as Canada.
Reports of Dino-Cats are on the rise
There have also been some reports of dino-dogs, although sightings are rare.
The Jurrasic Park style makeovers are causing quite a stir on social media. Dino-cuts are popping up on Twitter, Facebook, and, of course, Instagram. And while the majority of posts are getting positive reactions, the cats seem to have some mixed feelings.
Some of them have taken to their new prehistoric look; others don't look quite so impressed.
Cats are notoriously proud and independent creatures. They spend much of their time grooming their thick coats and keeping themselves presentable is an integral part of their identity. Now, with a lot less fur to groom, some of the cats look a bit lost; others just look confused!
The craze may seem relatively harmless, but owners should consult a vet before taking their kitty for a Dino-Cut. Cats have lots of fur for good reason. It keeps them warm when it's cold, but it also protects them from the sun.
But is it really a good look?
Outdoor cats are at risk of suffering from sunburn, even during milder parts of the summer. Their skin isn't accustomed to direct sunlight; just a few minutes of exposure could cause sunburn.