What is a Dino Cut or Dragon Cut on a Cat?

Pictures of Cats with Dragon and Dino Cuts

By Jennie @ Ragdoll Cats World

February 21, 2022

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Pet owners are known for their odd trends. The latest is cutting a cat’s hair to create spikes on its back and tail, in order to look like a prehistoric animal! This trend has been dubbed “dino cut” or “dragon cut,” and the grooming leaves your cat looking very much like a dinosaur or dragon.

If you’re curious about what a dragon cut is on a cat, then read on to learn more!

What is a Dino Cut or Dragon Cut?

A Dino or Dragon Cut is a variation of the Lion Cut where a cat is shaved on its back, tummy and neck while leaving long hair on its legs, face and tail. With the Dragon Cut, a strip of hair is retained along the cat’s back which is then styled, along with the tail, into dragon-like spikes.


Here are some of the best pictures on Instagram of cats shaved like dinosaurs or dragons.

Persian Cut With a Dragon Cut

Persian Cat with Dino Cut

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cat with dragon Cut

cat with dino cut

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cat with dragon cut

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Cat with Dino Cut

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dino cut cat

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dragon cut cat

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Cat with Dino Cut

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Cat looking like a dragon

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variation of lion cut on cat

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What a dino cut looks like on a cat

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Ragdoll cat with dragon cut

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Dragon cut cat

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Cat with Dino Spikes

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Funny cat with dragon cut

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Pretty Litter

Cat that looks like a dinosaur

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Persian cat looking like a dragon

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What is a dragon cut?


Tuft + Paw

What is a dino cut?

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dino cut cat

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dragon cut cat

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Pretty Litter

Cat looking like a dinosaur

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Ragdoll cat with dino cut

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Is shaving my cat harmful?

Many people believe that giving their long-haired cat a lion cut will help them stay cool in the summer, however this is a myth. Because a cat’s fur helps regulate body temperature, removing it can cause them to overheat. The coat of a cat is meant to trap hot or cold air and prevent it from reaching the skin, causing them to get hot or cold. Without its fur to cover the skin, a cat is equally vulnerable to sunburn.


When Should I shave my cat?

The matting of your cat’s fur is the most common reason for getting your cat shaved. If long-haired cats develop mats in their fur that won’t come out with a brush, they’ll have to be removed using scissors, which isn’t suggested, or clippers. As the mats form, irritation may cause damage to the skin beneath, resulting in pain if left too long. If your cat’s hair is matted, the full lion cut may not be necessary. Instead, a belly shave may be all that’s needed to get rid of the matted fur.

Before you commit to giving your feline friend a drastic haircut, talk to your veterinarian first as it’s important to learn about the potential risks of shaving your cat.


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Written by Jennie @ Ragdoll Cats World

I'm Jennie, the creator of Ragdoll Cats World. I have been owned and loved by Ragdoll Cats for almost twenty years after getting my first Ragdoll kittens, Huey and Choo-Choo back in 2003. They lived to the grand old age of 18 and 17 and they even made the move from London to Australia with me! We now have two Ragdoll cats, Violet and Ocean, and a Maine Coon cat named Eddie, and we love sharing our knowledge of all things related to Ragdoll Cats with you at Ragdoll Cats World!

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