By Amanda Stringfellow @amanda_l_s

A PROFESSIONAL cat groomer transforms a furry feline with a clip designed to look like a LION

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Videographer / Director: Nick Cunard
Producer: Nick Johnson
Editor: Joshua Douglas

Steve starts at the head to try and create a ruff

With his ruff of fur, fluffy tipped tail and hairy legs contrasting with a closely clipped body – this lucky cat looks like the king of the beasts.

Steven Harrold has been working as an exclusive cat groomer for 23-years and specialises in giving elaborate clips to pampered felines.

Steve believes the animals are more comfortable with the lumps removed from their coat

Steven baths, grooms and clips all kinds of cats – from extreme maintenance work to elaborate lion and teddy bear style clips.

Smart kitty: Pericles loses the majority of his body hair

The practiced groomer gave his own pet cat Pericles the lion clip at his home in Leyton, East London. 

Fur-ocious: the tools Steven uses to groom the furry felines

The 10-year-old, cream Persian, underwent the eye-catching clip to keep his long hair neat and under-control.

In the majority of cases when the coat is badly matted a high percentage of the coat has to go

Steven said: “Very often the coats badly matted and the only way of rectifying the problem is a radical clip.

The groomer works down to shave the tail, then the rest of the coat is shaved off with a number 10 blade to create the lion look

“These can be done in a more interesting style, by having a lion clip or a teddy bear clip – it reduces maintenance and solves the problem.

Pet pampering! Steven Harrold has been a cat groomer for 23-years

“The lion clip, you either hate it or you love it, in the majority of cases when the coat is badly matted a high percentage of the coat has to go.

Steven baths, grooms and clips all kinds of cats – from extreme maintenance work to elaborate lion and teddy bear style clips

“Sometimes it’s better to do it with a bit of style, and go for a lion clip.”

The entire process takes around an hour, and can cost up to £120.

King of the Beasts: Pericles shows off his new cut

Steven said: “I start at the head and try to create a ruff and then work down to shave the tail, the rest of the coat is shaved off with a number 10 blade to create the lion look.

Roar: The clip is designed to remove extreme matting of the fur

“Cat grooming is a growing industry because people are becoming more aware of the options, they’re taking on long hair breeds and they all need maintaining.

“To try and cope with cats who don’t enjoy the process you have to be patient and gage each cat individually.

“For people that feel that clipping coats is detrimental to the cat I would suggest they see cats in bad condition.”