Before You Start
Most cats groom almost constantly (or so it appears), and it’s not just for show. Fur licking helps keep a cat’s skin healthy by stimulating sebaceous glands to create oil to moisturize the fur.
Grooming usually keeps the fur clean and keeps fleas at bay. Mats can form if something gets stuck in a cat’s fur or if it neglects to groom itself. These hair clumps might be uncomfortable for the cat. Mats are more common in certain cat breeds (Persians, Maine Coons, and other long-haired varieties).
If your cat has completely stopped grooming, this could be an indication of a significant health problem, and a trip to the veterinarian is in order. 1 However, if there are only one or two patches of hard matted fur, you should be able to treat them at home.
To keep the cat calm, removing mats from cats requires a firm hand, a lot of patience, and often more than one person.