Taiwan salon cuts pets into shape
Ever felt the urge to turn your cat into a Stegosaurus?
Probably not, but those interested should consider booking a ticket to Taiwan, as one salon has mastered the art of trimming furry animals into bizarre shapes including teddy bears, lions, Hello Kittys, and even dinosaurs.
The man behind such wacky pet patterns is salon owner Ou Shih-jou, who said the idea came from people asking for something a bit different to a normal shave.
Cats are made to look like stegosauruses in a Tainan, Taiwan, salon which specialises in pet hair-cuts
A white dog has the 'Hello Kitty' logo cut into its fur by hairdresser turned pet groomer Lee Mei-chen
On the particularly strange cat-stegosaurus design, Ou said: 'When a cat gets angry, the fur on its back erects, that made us come up with 'stegosaurus design.
'It (makes the cat) look like a small dinosaur. The owners were happy after they came back to see it, thinking it was quite creative.'
For a small pet the cost of a cut can be as little as £14, but much depends on the style and complexity of the task.
One of the most complex patterns is the teddy bear, which is a specialty for 30-year-old Taiwanese hairdresser turned pet groomer Lee Mei-chen.
It takes her almost three hours of hard graft to finish, which can been seen in intriguing video footage of the process.
Lee, who has six-years experience in cutting animal fur, said designs are planned according to the natural assets of the pets
The teddy bear is the most complex pattern to cut and can take three hours of painstaking work to complete
Hard graft: Intriguing video footage captures the unusual hair-cutting process in action in east Asia
Lee, who has six-years experience in cutting animal fur, said designs are planned according to the natural assets of the pets.
She said: 'Because we don't provide the service of dying fur into different colours, we try to find a style that matches the appearance of (the pet) and then come up with a design.
'Of course everyone thinks that Hello Kitty is white and that a lion is dark brown. We try to come up with designs based on that concept.'
For a small pet the cost can be as little as £14, but much depends on the style and complexity of the task
The Tainan salon has been open since September and there has already been lots of interest.
Pet owner Kuo Yu-lan told reporters: 'I think their technique is great. I haven't seen anything like this before, so I think they are really amazing. When walking (the pets) outside, people think it's amazing and magical.
'Everyone wants to take a photograph and see what kind of styles they came up with. First people thought there was something on their bodies so they came closer to see what it was, trying to identify the patterns.
The Tainan salon opened in September and there has been lots of interest from the public