This cat ended up looking like an accordion after groomer tried to make him look like a tiger

This cat ended up looking like an accordion after groomer tried to make him look like a tiger

When people bring their pets to the groomer, they usually just ask that they give them a trim. When it’s hot we don’t want our precious animals overheating, so getting rid of any excess fur is one of the best ways to keep them cool. Not everyone likes to go for such a boring look though, and some pet owners ask the groomer to get a little creative when trimming their beloved animal.

Mostly we see dogs being groomed with fun patterns or styles, but how often do we see cats getting unique looks? Cats don’t hesitate to show their true feelings, and it seems that whenever they do get a creative cut from the groomer, they aren’t thrilled about it. One guy brought his pet cat to the groomer and wanted them to make it look as much like a tiger as possible.

Who wouldn’t want to have a little mini tiger running around their home? At least it won’t turn around and eat him one day like a real tiger would! Then again, after being groomed to look like an accordion, perhaps this cat will seek revenge on its owner.

Oliver the cat

Oliver the cat was minding his own business when he was scooped up by his owner and packed into the car. He wasn’t used to being taken on trips by his owners, so he must have been skeptical about where they were going.

Oliver the cat

Normally when he’s taken somewhere, it’s the vets, and no pet likes going there. On this occasion his trip wasn’t to the vet, but perhaps he wished that’s where they ended up after a visit to the groomer.

Eye of the tiger

Caitlin Christine, a model from San Diego, California, posted to her Twitter the results of Oliver’s time at the groomer. She said that her father had the job of bringing Oliver to the groomer and asked them to make their pet look like a tiger.

Eye of the tiger

The strange thing was that Oliver didn’t even have the coloring to be a tiger, so the request from Caitlin’s dad seemed an interesting one. Caitlin’s father wanted Oliver to look like one of the most feared big cats in the world, even though he was tiny by comparison. The result was a sight to behold, and Caitlin’s social media post ended up being shared thousands of times. People were amazed by the result.

Famed for their stripes

Tigers are best known for their distinctive markings on their fur that combines orange and black stripes with flashes of white thrown in. They are mostly found in the jungles of Asia and Siberia, not running around San Diego, California.

Famed for their stripes

The closest the people of California can get to a tiger is to go and visit one in the zoo. Thanks to a unique grooming style, people can now get their cat’s fur cut into stripes to make them look like the wild predators, but the results aren’t so convincing. After Caitlin’s father asked for the special cut, her cat looked more like an accordion than a ferocious wild tiger that stalks its prey.

Do what you can

When Caitlin confronted her father about his request at the groomer, he told her why Oliver looked like he did. Caitlin’s dad said he took Oliver to the groomer and said he “wanted stripes like a tiger.” He then instructed the groomer to “do what you can.”

Do what you can

Considering Oliver has long hair and is the wrong color, it was a difficult challenge for the groomer, and they did everything possible to make the cat look dangerous. Thankfully they stopped short of dying the cat’s hair orange to really complete the look and send Caitlin and her mom into meltdown. It was clear from the beginning that Caitlin and her mother were not impressed with the style Oliver received at the groomer.

What he looked like before


This is what Oliver looked like before he was taken to the groomer to be turned into a tiger. He’s just a regular long-haired cat that doesn’t really resemble a tiger in any way. After he went to the groomer, he still didn’t resemble a tiger in any way, but his mood did seem to be different.

What he looked like before

It’s almost like Oliver knows what his owner has done to him and he’s wondering if he can ever trust Caitlin’s father again. Sure they still give him food and water, but does Oliver really want to risk being taken back to the groomer and given a similar haircut again? Oliver might be thinking about taking his chances as a stray after this debacle.

Not so scary

We’re pretty sure that if tigers looked like Oliver after his trip to the groomer, people and animals would be far less scared of them. There aren’t too many people in the world who are afraid of accordions; though they can be annoyingly loud.

Not so scary

Everywhere Oliver goes now he’s going to be the center of attention, which isn’t exactly what cats like. If anything, this haircut is just going to make Oliver dislike people even more than he probably already does.

The end result

This is how Oliver’s trip to the groomer turned out. As you can see, he looks nothing like a tiger and every bit like an accordion, or perhaps a slinky. We’re not sure if you’ll get a good tune out of Oliver though as he’s probably not in the best of moods at the moment.

The end result

The worst thing for Oliver is that he either has to remain shaved like that until his hair grows back or get all his hair chopped off.

Done with today

Caitlin posted that she was “So done with today,” after being sent pictures of what Oliver looked like after his visit to the groomer. Her beloved family pet was not looking his best as he had suffered the worst kind of trip to the groomer.

Done with today

Caitlin has a lot of followers on social media thanks to her modeling and cosplaying profile, so lots of people got to see Oliver’s ‘tiger cut.’ While Caitlin didn’t approve of Oliver’s new style, some internet users thought it was a great prank by her dad.

A better place

One Twitter user told Caitlin that her father had made the internet a better place for this prank he pulled. The user said that not all heroes wear capes. Others said they were laughing so hard they were finding it hard to breathe, while one user thought Oliver was pulling the look off.

A better place

They even noticed that the groomer paid attention to detail and also did Oliver’s tail. There was no denying that the groomer really committed to making Oliver look like a tiger.

Waiting two months

Caitlin discovered Oliver had been made to look like an accordion after her mom sent her pictures of their cat. Her mom really wasn’t very happy with what Caitlin’s father had chosen to have done to their cat.

Waiting two months

If you bring your pet to the groomer, you’ll know that during busy times it can be hard to get an appointment. Caitlin’s mom was mad that they had to wait two months for Oliver to get to the groomer and when they finally get him there, this was how he came back.

Ranting to Caitlin

After seeing what had been done to Oliver, Caitlin’s mom was venting her anger to her daughter. In the text message she said she was so mad, and she was “seriously gonna puke.”

Ranting to Caitlin

She said that after their two-month wait for the groomer to fit Oliver in he came back looking so ridiculous she “can’t even look” at her pet. It’s not Oliver’s fault his owner chose to make him look silly, and the cat must be wondering what it has done to upset his mom so much.

Contemplating life?

This picture appears to show Oliver contemplating his life following his new trim. He must be wondering what he did to deserve such a bad haircut, and maybe he’s reflecting on all those times he brought animals back home as a present.

Contemplating life?

Perhaps he’s realizing that his owners don’t like having to pick up his half-eaten rodents and that in the future he should keep them for himself. Thing can’t really get any worse for Oliver though, and now he knows what rock bottom feels like.

His own Instagram

Whether he likes his new haircut or not isn’t exactly clear, but it is making Oliver famous. Caitlin decided she should share pictures of Oliver and his tiger haircut so created an Instagram account for her cat.

His own Instagram

Now Oliver’s followers can check in on his hair regrowth progress, and whatever other new and creative look his dad decides to go for next. Oliver already has over 2,000 followers, and he’s been pretty active since Caitlin made the account for him.

Not on his own

Oliver shared on Oliver’s Instagram that he isn’t the only cat in the house to have an interesting haircut. His brother, Mr. Bigglesworth, has also been given a special trim for the summer and this cat looks a lot like a lion.

Not on his own

Are we seeing the next wave of Instagram influencers? No longer are we caring about models in their swimwear, it’s now all about cats and their crazy haircuts. Just remember where it all started though, and Oliver is the pioneer of cat influencing.

Summer trims

Many people take their pets to the groomer to give them a summer trim and remove as much hair as possible. They don’t necessarily care how their pets look, it’s all about removing as much hair as possible.

Summer trims

That tends to make the animal look a bit silly though, but we’re sure they appreciate the lack of fur when the sun rolls in. It’s not just Oliver and Mr. Bigglesworth who look kind of funky, these pets do too.

Keep a cool head

At least this dog doesn’t have to worry about getting a hot head during the summer. Perhaps the owner thought that if the dog had a shaved head, then it would trick it into believing it was actually much cooler than it was.

Keep a cool head

Now it just looks as though this dog has got a tiny head, or that someone transplanted another dog’s head onto this body. At least it doesn’t look as sad about its haircut as Oliver did when he got back from the groomer.

A working dog

Some dogs love nothing more than being given jobs to do by their humans. This dog loves work so much it never wants to quit, so its owners got the groomer to create some dungarees for it.

A working dog

At least the top half of this dog will be cooler when it’s summer, but we’re not sure about the bottom half. This dog can distract itself from the bad haircut it’s got by getting back to work and waiting for this look to grow out.

Catosaurus

The dinosaurs went extinct a long time ago, and sadly we’ll never get to see them roaming the planet. To make up for the lack of dinosaurs, some cat owners have decided to shave their pet’s fur into the shape of a stegosaurus’ spines.

Catosaurus

Now we can enjoy looking at dinosaurs but without the threat of giant beats wandering around posing a threat to human life. Even though it’s what the owner wanted, by the look on this cat’s face, it’s not what the pet was hoping for from the groomer.

Punk rock

This little dog was born with an attitude, and its owner just wanted everyone to realize this dog is pure punk rock. The Mohican has long been the symbol of the punk, and this dog has got an amazing hairdo to match its attitude.

Punk rock

All the other dogs know to steer clear of this dog unless they’ve got their own punk spirit. The only thing that’s missing the hair dye to turn that Mohican a wild color like green, red, or yellow.

Introducing Oliver

Caitlin added a post to Oliver’s Instagram account, describing the day she brought him home to her family. Her mom had already told her she couldn’t have any more pets, but how could Caitlin resist bringing such a cute cat home when the opportunity arose?

Introducing Oliver

Caitlin told her mom she did something bad, and right away, her mom knew she’d adopted another cat. Although her mom was a bit dramatic, Caitlin says she still loves both her and Oliver.

Sharing her life

Caitlin doesn’t just share Oliver’s haircuts on Instagram, she’s a model who posts regularly. The model has over 59,000 followers on Instagram d has really boosted her following over the last four years.

Sharing her life

As much attention as Caitlin gets for her photoshoots, she couldn’t have imagined so many people would be interested in her story about Oliver. The failed tiger haircut has become a huge hit online as Oliver was turned from a regular long-haired cat into a living accordion.

It will grow out

Oliver’s hair will eventually return to normal, but it’s going to take months. Until then he’s going to be running around California looking like one of the most unique cats in the state. We’re sure that once he’s looking a bit more like himself again, he’ll be sharing it with his 2,000 Instagram followers.

It will grow out

Maybe in the future, Caitlin’s dad will ask for something else from the groomer instead of the haircut that his daughter and wife both didn’t like. Not to mention Oliver’s apparent dislike of the style too.