Matted Fur on a Long Haired Cat

I have a long haired cat who loves being brushed, but she has developed fur clumps on her back and near her hind legs. I don't want to have her shaved. Is there anything I can rub into the mats to loosen them? I was told that SeaBreeze works, but is it toxic to cats? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.


By Monica

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September 9, 20110 found this helpful

Seabreeze would not be a good idea. It is not good for a cat to eat or lick off seabreeze from it's coat.

Some mats are so painful that they need to be removed under sedation at the groomers or vets office.

Assuming that is not the case, use a comb as a shield, between the skin and the mat. If you cannot get the comb under the mat easily, do not force it. Once the comb is between the skin and the mat only then would you begin clipping little at a time.

The mat will be close to the skin and injury can occur easily when trying to cut out a mat yourself.

It is better to take the cat to a groomer or vet if you are not used to doing this yourself. If you hurt the cat this way, you take a chance on losing his trust of you touching him at all.

Also remember that the cat could injure you or itself, without meaning too, should the mat be painful, which they usually are.


If left alone and untreated, the cat will get open sores and such under the mat, because skin needs to breathe and be able to have air get to it.

Assuming that this is not a serious mat, here are some resources and videos that may be of help.

Give your cat a soft pat from me, and blessings, Robyn

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September 9, 20110 found this helpful

A long haired cat needs brushing/combing on a regular weekly basis and this will not allow the hair to become so matted it may require Veterinary treatment to remove it. Good luck.

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February 24, 20120 found this helpful

I had a cat that looked as wide as she was long due to the amount of hair that she sported. Despite daily brushing, she still developed knots. Well, if you look around, there's all kinds of solutions. These never worked for us. Cutting them off was not an option, mainly because this tends to pull.


I would massage these areas, and when she was relaxed, I would take a pair of bandage scissors and just make small cuts into her fur. I never tried to cut them completely off; I made sure her skin wasn't tender (you will know if the skin is tender). Eventually these knots would just turn loose and fall off. Of course she would have a bald spot, but she never had any sores. She actually looked like she was molting. If you suspect that your cat has a sore or inflammation under these knots, then please, take them to the vet.

I know that my cat was unusual, but she was an Angel sent to me from God. Her name was Gracie. She is now back in heaven, and I was very, very blessed to have been allowed to care for and love her. (you can get bandage scissors where they sell medical supplies or at a uniform shop).

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