De-Matting a cat

Preventing Cat Problems During De-Matting

Give your cat one last goodie before calling it a day. Depending on the severity of the mats, it may take several days to remove them completely, and you will require your cat’s cooperation and patience, so don’t try to do it all at once.

A small slicker brush can then be used to gently brush through any leftover tangles on short-haired cats.

Cats that are severely matted require veterinary care. Affected cats are anesthetized briefly, and their coats are shaved to remove all affected mats. If this dramatic measure is required, make sure to keep a regular brushing and combing routine when the coat grows back to avoid repeat problems.


  • Never give a cat a bath before eliminating matting. You’ll only end up with more issues.
  • Spraying with a hair conditioner before combing can help with little tangles that haven’t yet “felt.” Use a pump-type spray rather than an aerosol, which will frighten your cat.
  • This time-consuming procedure will almost always go more smoothly if you have someone to cuddle and comfort the cat while you work.

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