A Matter Of Matts

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Matts: they’re the dreadlock of the pet world, only they’re not attractive, they’re not done by cool Jamaican ladies, and they’re the furthest thing from a fashion statement! In fact, they’re frowned upon, and if your pet has them, prepare to be judged by the masses. Has there ever been a more annoying “bad hair day” for our cats – or any pet, for that matter – than a matt?!

We have pets come to the clinic with matts all the time. Sadly, some of them are matted as a result of cruelty and neglect, but thankfully, most often, it’s just a case of hair that’s gone unnoticed – particularly under the cat’s/dog’s armpits, and around their groin. So I felt it time to share with you some hints and tips on how to remove matts, as directed by Veterinarians and professional groomers.

Firstly, where your cat is tolerant and willing, attempt to give him a good, thorough brush. Use whatever kind of brush or comb that you have. Be gentle, but thorough. This will a) help you to locate any matts present, and b) stop other small knots from following suit.

Next, if you have a small, fine comb or de-matting comb, begin working on the matts. Be gentle. Pay attention to the reaction/s of your kitty, and be sure to give them plenty of breaks if they need it. Start at the tips of the hair, gently combing out the knot from the very tip, and through slowly to the depths of it where it meets their body.

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Again, I will remind you: be gentle, and take your time. The matts didn’t get there in one minute, and neither will it be removed. Don’t forget how painful brushing knots out of your own hair can be! LOL!

Now, if you have no success, or the knots are simply too big to attempt combing out – or perhaps your kitty is plotting to kill you as we speak! – then it’s time to consider removing the matts with some clippers IF they will tolerate the noise. Should you be one of us lucky ones with a cooperative furbaby, place a comb between the matt and their skin (if you can), and use the clippers to cut the matt away from the comb. This should be a fairly brief process.

If, however, you don’t have clippers, (boo!! L), then it’s time to pay a visit to your local Vet. If required, they have the means and expertise to sedate your kitty so that their matts can be removed safely, and without stress. Who could ask for more?

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