While many short-haired cats don’t need much clipping, some long-haired breeds require frequent clipping, both for their comfort and the protection of their owner’s furniture and clothing. Long-haired shedding breeds can make more of a mess than many people with short-haired cats can even imagine. If you want to clip your cat yourself, start by resisting the urge to use the old human hair clippers you have stashed under the bathroom sink. They get a lot hotter than cat clippers made specifically for felines, and also are very loud—not a good thing. Look for lightweight, powerful, quiet clippers made for grooming cats. They’ll typically run cooler than human clippers so are less likely to frighten your cat during grooming.