Pawprints On My Heart

Thursday, May 7, 2009

A little help please….

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Hi!  Its me, Scotchy.  My brofur Stryder has been hogging the blog lately so today I’m taking over.  Ya see, I have a little problem and I was hoping all you kitties or kitty moms out there might be able to help me.

In the past few weeks I have been developing mats in my long floofy fur.  They are big and bad and knotted right up to the skin.  They are all along my tummy and thighs and my girl can not brush them out.  Now whenever someone pets me all they feel are those darn mats and they seem to be growing!  Do any of you know how to deal with them?  My girl is considering taking me to a groomer but I’m afraid they will try to shave me!  Please help, I don’t want to loose all of my beautiful fur for the sake of these silly mats.

Thanks in advance!


Sweet Praline said...

Oh you poor thing. It takes a long time to carefully remove the mats, especially when they are close to the skin. Whatever you do, do not use scissors to try and cut out the mats. Unfortunately, if they've gotten as bad as you are saying, you may need to go to a groomer and possibly get shaved. I wish you the best.

Alasandra said...

As short haired cats we have never had that problem. We thinks you may have to be shaved. But you might try the leave in conditioner for humans. Mommy says it gets the tangles out of her hair and she thinks they make some for babies that would probably be safe for cats. ~Socks, Scylla & Charybdis

Hi, hopes you are able to get the mats out. ~Fenris

The Creek Cats said...

Oh no!! We don't have any experince with mats cause we are all short-haired..... We hope you can find a solution and don't loose all that purrty floof!

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

I know how you feel! I have a bit of trouble in the hip region and the PM is having a hard time clipping them out.

A "lion cut" may be in order.

Purrs Goldie

Fin said...

Mommy usually trims them as close as she is comfortable doing with the scissors (Not sharp edged ones!)and about a half inch away (also trims the hair around it) and then lets the mats grow out till she can cut again. It takes awhile but it has worked.

Kaz's Cats said...

Oh Scotchy, we're sorry about the mats. We both have short hair, so we can't help you, but some other kitties have some good ideas. We hope that you and your Mom work out how to get rid of the mats safely,


Gypsy & Tasha

Kellykat said...

Thanks efurryone for the suggestions. I'm hoping the trimming and the conditioning will help before I'm forced to impersonate a lion. But I actually think I would make a great lion. Just in case, I think I'm gonna go practice my roar!

PB 'n J said...

Hey Scotchy - sorry to be so late, but you might want to try a mat breaker. It's a type of comb that sort of brushes and cuts at the same time. Mommy uses that on our mats if they get out of control and it's not too bad (no worse than a regular brushing).

Samantha, Mr. Tigger and Maverick said...

Scotchy I had a few mats once, but not real bad and Mom just clipped them and combed then!! Hope you don't have to get the lion cut!!
Your FL furiends,

Jasmim said...

Thanks for the reception Floof & Fur!
Sure we are enjoying all of this ^^

Jas & Gi

Kitties @ Our family cat-a-blog... said...

I gave this little hint to Miss Peaches momma and she was thrilled. I have three cats with long hair and this works great. Get a seam ripper. Carefully place it at the base of the mat facing away from the cat and cut through the mat. Do this as many times as necessary to reduce the mat to a bunch of little fur bunches. Then just brush through. Easy peasy. You don't lose all the hair. You don't have to pull on delicate skin and it works!

Got this great hint from my dog groomer, of all people. Just make sure that when you insert the seam ripper it is under the mat but away from the skin. I usually place one of my fingers close to the base to I poke myself if I'm too close and not my kitty.

No matter how big the mat...this will work!