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zanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-28-07 04:56 PM
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Anybody know how to "unmat" a cat?
One of my cats has a pretty bad mat. She's a shorthaired cat with thick fur. She likes to be scratched near her tail; hence the mat. She's semi-feral, so I'd really, really rather not take her to the vet for this. Is there any way I can do it myself? Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks!
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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-28-07 05:06 PM
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1. I use scissors
and cut the mat out. It leaves pretty much a bald spot, but that hair is not going to get untangled.

A feral cat? Maybe some valium in the catfood first.
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zanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-28-07 05:10 PM
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3. I like the idea of scissors.
A little bald spot isn't a problem, but that mat must hurt her. Thanks, JustABozo!
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-28-07 05:08 PM
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2. With hair scisors, very carefully. Have one person hold the cat and another do the snipping.
Give a treat afterward in case you have to do it again. I used to have a longhaired cat that was really really prone to mats (and to dingleberries on his backside- ick. Had to keep his back end trimmed up or I'd be stuck trimming out dried poo.) The best thing to do was just to cut them out- get a pair of decent hair scissors for this.

However, if they're close enough to the skin that you can't safely do that, you're going to need to call the vet or a good groomer.
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mcar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-28-07 05:10 PM
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4. A haircut. It's not pretty but it works
I have a persian mix. She's beautiful but her winter coat is huge. Most years she keeps it pretty neat (she's got very sensitive skin and will NOT let me groom her). This year for some reason, she hasn't been as tidy as she usually is; she got all matted and nasty and then started to smell. My DH gave her a bath last week and cut off lots of mats, some encrusted with yucky stuff (near her bottom).

She now has a very odd haircut but she's clean, soft and neat. Never again will we let her hair get that long and messy.
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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-28-07 05:11 PM
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5. I agree with LeftyMom
(how odd is that?! :P )

If you can cut it out safely, do it. Otherwise, go see a reputable groomer.

I adopted a stray years ago with awful mats. He had really long hair, and was just a mess. I was able to cut them out, but if it mats down to the skin, you need to get some professional help. Good luck!
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idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-28-07 05:11 PM
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6. a matt splitter brush
can help if she'll sit still for it



this one looks very different from the one i have but the ends of the blades are sharp on one side and it slides under the hair and cuts it as you brush. It's better to get one with much longer blades. They aren't sharp enough to cut skin unless you really press hard. As long as you don't pull too hard while you are brushing you should be okay.
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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-28-07 05:14 PM
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7. fur as I know
Edited on Wed Feb-28-07 05:14 PM by GTRMAN
once they've done mated, she's a gonna have some kittens no matter what.... :hide:
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huskerlaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-28-07 05:25 PM
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8. Definitely scissors
If the mat is too close to the skin, you can do it in steps. Just cut as close to the skin as you feel comfortable doing, then attack it with a brush 2-3 times a day. Within a few days, it should work itself out, or wait for the hair to grow a bit and then do another trim.
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