Open Post: Hosted By The Crazy “Phantom” Cat Shaver Of The UK

April 1, 2023 / Posted by:

If you own a cat in England or Scotland, beware. There’s a phantom cat shaver on the loose! Some strange person with an apparent cat hair aversion is wandering the streets of the UK, giving felines a shave and a haircut without their permission. Local pet lovers and authorities are baffled, and, unfortunately, the perpetrator is still on the loose. I wish this story were an April Fool’s Day joke because no pussy should involuntarily go hairless!

Apparently, this person has shaved at least 80 pets over the last year, much to the ire of animal welfare charities (and the cats, of course!). What has the world come to if cats can’t even go for a walk without the threat of a Supercut?! via People:

According to the Washington Post, the “phantom cat shaver” — a nickname created for the mysterious culprit by British media — has been linked to shaving incidents involving at least 80 pets. Animals have been found with patches of their fur randomly shaved off in the Kent area since last year, per Animals Lost and Found in Kent Ltd.

The animal welfare charity created a map of the attacks, which it updates regularly. Based on the map, most of the shavings have taken place in Kent. Some incidents have also been reported in London and Scotland.

Here’s a pic of a poor cat who fell victim to the phantom cat shaver:

Animals Lost and Found in Kent have suggested to pet owners that they keep their cats indoors until the culprit is apprehended, while the RSPCA has recommended that incidents should be reported to the police. Cat parents are obviously unnerved by the bizarre happenings. Imagine coming home one day to see your kitten bare!

Emma Collins, whose cat named Goose returned home with a line shaved down the middle of her forehead, called the attack “weird.”

“It was almost like someone was sending a message — it was unsettling,” she told the paper. “If you can shave a cat, what are you going to move onto next?”

Most of the victims have been left unharmed with just a bald patch, while others have come home with missing claws, which is beyond horrible. Scotland Yard should get involved and throw the book at the phantom cat shaver. And once they’re caught, they should give them a full body shave. See how they like going hairless in public! Or just put the phantom shaver in a locked room with all the cats they shaved.

Pic: Wikimedia Commons

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