Cat mats can form anywhere on your cats coat. Nevertheless there are some more common places where your cat cannot reach when grooming. Many people ask us how to detangle matted hair or if you can brush matted fur out. Each mat or type of mat needs to be treated in different ways. It if firstly important to remember than your cat has incredibly thin skin. Never tackle a mat with scissors, it will only end in disaster.
Small Mat Forming: If your cat has fur stuck together either by self grooming or debris being caught on the fur you should try and brush it out. This will help stop the fur forming into a cat mat.
Small Mats: If your cat has a small mat (know bigger than the tip of your thumb) try and gently pick the mat apart. Alternatively you can use a mat remover. Always hold under the mat so you are not cutting or pulling your cats soft skin. Once the mat is picked apart or removed you should brush over it to make sure the entire mat has gone.
Medium Mats: If your cat has a medium sized mat that cannot be picked apart take your cat to the local groomers. They will be able to shave the mat off.
Large Mats: If your cat has large mats or a large amount of matted fur then take them to the vet. The vet should be able to shave the mated hair off. If the matted hair is severe then the vet may have to give your cat anaesthetic as the process of removing large amounts of matted hair can be painful.
Prevention is Key. The key to good cat fur care is prevention. You should try and brush a long haired cat everyday and a short haired cat once a week. If you are having problems brushing your cats fur then please check out our cat grooming tips. Grooming a cat regularly has multiple benefits. It can build a closer bond between you and your cat, help identify lumps or injuries at an early age and keeps their coat and skin in good condition. If you find it impossible to groom your cat then take them to a groomers regularly. A professional groomer can give your cat a thorough groom and remove mats at the early stage. They can also discuss the option or clipping your cats coat short.
Top Tip: Start grooming your cat as a kitten. A cat accustomed to grooming from a young age will learn to tolerate being groomed. Remember to reward good behaviour.
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