Cutting edge: Taiwanese pet groomer gets creative

WATCH: Lee Mei-chen has taken pet grooming to another level. Instead of the usual summer shave she trims complex patterns into the fur of cats and dogs

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 June, 2016, 1:18pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 June, 2016, 8:21pm

Lee Mei-chen steps back after almost three hours of cut and craft to view her work, a teddy bear trimmed into the fur of a patient dog.

The teddy bear design is one of the most complex in the furry repertoire of the 30-year-old Taiwanese hairdresser turned pet groomer. She also shaves paw prints, lion faces and characters from Hello Kitty on to animal’s backs.

WATCH Lee Mei-chen in action

Ou Shih-jou, owner of the salon in southern Taiwan where Lee works, says the quirky patterns came from owners wanting something different to the normal summer shave, with designs determined by the natural assets of the pets.

One eye-catching motif involves shaving a spiky spine into the back of a cat, leaving it looking like a stegosaurus.

“When a cat gets angry, the fur on its back rises, that made us come up with ‘stegosaurus design’,” says Ou.

“It (makes the cat) look like a small dinosaur. The owners were happy after they saw it, thinking it was quite creative.”

Ou opened the salon in September and has seen a lot of interest, with the pets posing for pictures on leaving the salon.

“People think it’s amazing and magical. Everyone wants to take a photograph and see what kind of styles they came up with,” pet owner Kuo Yu-lan says.