Fur in Cats
Matted fur can present a problem for a cat. Through normal daily activities,
the fur becomes tangled, often mixing with dead hair to create an unsightly
mat that can harbor fleas and other parasites. Longer-haired breeds like
Persian, Maine Coon, or Norwegian Forest can be especially susceptible to
matting. The removal of mats is a necessary part of your pet’s hygiene
and comfort, and regular grooming can prevent mats from becoming unmanageable.
Feline Matted Fur Symptoms
Matted fur is visible as patches of tangled, overlapping hair. Common places
to find matted hair are behind the ears, between the back legs, and under
the collar and front legs. Large, untended mats can cause discomfort as the
tangle of hair pulls on the skin, which can become reddened and, over time,
even become infected. If your cat is constantly chewing at a clump of fur
in a specific spot, it might indicate the presence of a mat.
Feline Matted Fur Treatment
Mats can be groomed out by implementing a brush and a pair of scissors.
Gently, break apart the mat with a brush or
rake. This may take some time, and patience will be needed. Comb the
hair in the direction of growth, not against it, removing all dead hair and
debris from around the mat. Next, snip out the mat itself, making sure not
to pull on the hair. Continue this process until the mats are eliminated.
If grooming has been neglected for some time, it may be necessary to take
your cat to a professional groomer. If matting is extreme, it might be necessary
to shave off the hair.
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