Cats are beloved pets with a true sense of independence. They exercise by themselves, they entertain themselves, and they even groom themselves. However, they will need a little help now and then, especially when it comes to matted cat fur.
Older cats, long-haired cats, and obese cats are among those who may need some extra attention to detangle fur. If your cat is prone to knotting and matting, take a look at these helpful tips.
1. Brush Daily
Brushing your cat daily is not only a way to avoid having to deal with tangles and mats, but also the best way to keep your eye on your cat's skin. Cats are very good at keeping themselves groomed, but if they are matted you may notice a behavior change.
You may be used to watching your cat licking itself almost all the time, but a cat in pain with matted hair may not want to lick as much as usual. Similarly, cats who miss certain spots regularly while grooming can be susceptible to mats.
2. Prep the Mat
If you attempt to detangle the mat straightaway, you risk hurting your cat before you’ve barely started. Applying a small amount of cornstarch or talcum powder can help you to ease the mat away from the skin.
Your cat may still resist while you try to do this, so you may need to do it in stages and work with your cat to ensure she’s as comfortable as possible. When you successfully pull the mat, give your cat a treat for cooperating.
3. Cutting the Mat
It’s important to pull the mat as far away from the skin as you can before you attempt to cut it. It can be difficult to distinguish between skin and mat when you begin to cut and you may end up cutting your cat's skin accidentally.
Try and find the hair between the mat and the skin and grip it, readying to cut. Instead of using scissors, it can be safer and quicker to use a razor comb or mat comb for cats. Be sure to do this at a time when your cat is calmest. If you know your cat is likely to be a flight risk, ask someone to help you.
4. Find a Professional
It’s not always possible to demat your cat's fur without professional help. A sticky matted cat is often too much work for someone without knowledge of how to detangle cat fur.
It’s best to take your cat to a professional rather than risk putting your cat through unnecessary pain. A professional groomer will also be able to identify any skin conditions your cat could be suffering from.
Preventing Matted Cat Fur
Matted cat fur isn’t nice for both cat and owner. You can attempt to correct the problem, but it often requires a more skilled hand. If you’re having difficulty with your cat's fur, take a look at what we do and contact us for further information.
Allison Johnson is the Owner and Founder of Trimmed Pets. Trimmed is a woman owned and led Mobile Grooming Business servicing the greater Portland Metro area in Oregon and the greater Boise Metro area in Idaho.