why does my cat have matted hair
The best way to prevent mats in your kitty's fur is to brush her daily, especially if she's a longhair cat. Start with a soft-bristle brush to get her used to brushing. Once she sits calmly during the procedure, remove shed hairs from the undercoat with a metal comb or undercoat rake and follow with a slicker brush. Groom all parts of your cat, from her tummy to her tail. Spend a few minutes brushing her each day to prevent having to do a larger session during the week -- plus, this prevents any mats from forming in the coat at all. Most kitties love the attention and feel of grooming, but if you have one that doesn't, use a grooming glove instead. These gloves, sold in pet supply stores, have little rubber nubs that act like a brush, but they feel to your kitty like you're petting her.
You may have already met. Well, Fluff s fluff has been a bit of a challenge lately. So much so, in fact, that he has several yucky matts on his fur, making his normally shiny plush coat a bit, well, lumpy.
Matted fur, when ignored, can do more than just make kitty lumpy. It can irritate the cat s skin over time and even cause skin infections. We have friends that had a matted cat. They ended up shaving him once a year as a matter of course to help prevent further skin irritation. While the idea of having a shaved cat nicknamed Fluffy seemed delightfully ironic, I just could not bring myself to consider that option before exploring all the alternatives. So as is my custom, I began the obligatory web research. Most of what I read recommended the same fourВ options: Shaving Like I said, not there yet. Moving on Detangling by hand by pulling the matt apart in sections. Yeah. My cat s not putting up with that. He s got a line, and once you cross it look out. And besides, who has time for that?
Obviously this does work. I had previously cut a few off of our cat. But after reading account after account of cats going to the vet with gashes in their skin because their owners got too close to the flexible stretchy skin attached to the fur, I swore off any more cutting. Apparently, all you have to do is rub a little baby oil on the top and bottom of the matt at its base (by the skin) and after just a few days *poof* the well-oiled matts fallВ off. Post after post attested to it s effectiveness. Magical matts dropping to the ground all over the place. This caught my attention. The idea of using baby oil freaked me out a bit, though. The crunchy granola, chemical eschewer in me did not like the idea of my cat possibly ingesting baby oil from grooming the application site. Then I saw a few other posts about: Olive Oil Hmmm. This sounded a bit better. So the next time the cat was in the kitchen I put a little olive oil on one of his more pesky matts.
Worth a try, I thought. Two days, nothing. Three days. Still noВ change. Reapplied one more time. Nothing. Then one week later Magical! There was the matt. Sitting on the floor. Just like everyone had described. I m a believer. Attention! Obligatory Disclaimer: I m not a vet. Olive oil did not harm my cat, but you may want to check with your vet before you apply oil on yours. Edited, July 5, 2017: A visitor commented below: For a mild bout of constipation, a quarter teaspoonful of olive oil can be given for acute treatment but cats require animal fat sources, not plant oils, so olive oil is not suitable for ongoing care. Olive oil contains terpenic acids and phenolic compounds which a catвs liver is not able to properly detoxify. Please consider this as well when treating your kitty. Thanks!
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