How to Get Rid of Large Mats in Cat Fur

Matted fur isn’t just unsightly. It can cause your cat pain and hide underlying medical problems. Matted hair cuts off the supply of oxygen to the skin and creates a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, maggots, lice, and fleas. Matting is most common in medium-haired and long-haired cats but short-haired breeds with thick fur can also suffer from the problem.

Get Rid of Large Mats in Cat Fur
Said Dr. Hanen Abdel Rahman Sprinkle a little cornstarch or talcum powder in the area of the mat, and gently work it around with your fingers. Gently pull the mat up away from the skin, so you can see where the skin is. If the cat resists, take a break and speak in a soothing voice, petting the cat until it relaxes.

Why is my cat’s fur suddenly matted?
Fur can become matted for a variety of reasons. … Shedding is another reason your pet may have matted cat fur. When loose hairs fall, it gets caught in your cat’s coat, leaving behind knots. The longer mats are left unattended, they can grow tighter and settle closer to the skin.

  • Work on your cat’s mats when it is calm and relaxed. After eating is an ideal time. Removing mats requires patience. Take a break if your cat becomes agitated.
  • Sprinkle cornstarch on your cat’s mats and work it into the fur. Run a comb through the base of the mat and use your fingers to break up the clumps. Be firm but gentle. Do not pull on the mat. Continue combing until the mat is gone.
  • Snip the mat near the base with scissors if the mat can’t be removed by combing. Always cut up and away from the cat’s skin. Long-haired cats often have thin, delicate skin which is easily cut. Work slowly and always make sure you can see the cat’s skin.
  • Shave the cat if combing and cutting don’t remove the mats. Invest in a good pair of clippers with a No. 10 blade. Place the cat in a standing position with its side facing you. Shave downward from front to back. Be careful not to nick the cat’s skin.