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Cat grooming and matting - I do not recommend shaving a long haired cat or kitten unless the vet or groomer can see a need to; such as the mats are so bad that they are causing problems for your cat.
Cats need their fur to protect their skin from the sun, and other possible dangers. Since they do not perspire, removing the hair does not help them to stay cool. On the contrary, it could make them feel hotter since the sun will reach their skin.
It is best to brush your long haired cat for several minutes every day, and do this several times a day during the warm summer months. This will allow you to catch those annoying mats when they are small enough that you can easily trim them out.
However, once the mats have formed tight enough to be next to your kitty's skin, let a reputable-professional groomer or your vet remove the mats, since you could seriously injure your kitty if you try.
This helped a ton i was going to shave my cat this afternoon but read this and that god because i hate going to the vet for injuries. So thank you LifeTips
My cat has horrible mats. They seem to have popped up like crazy over the past week or so, and I can't brush or comb them out. We have a good rapport and he will sit nicely for a while, but I'm not making any progress. I can't really afford the groomer or vet bills. Isn't there anything I can do?
Is there anything I can do at home if I can't afford to take my adult kitties to the vet or a groomer? My baby, who's just a year old beautiful Himalayan has real bad matting that got out of control due to my arthritis and he's spoiled n won't let me brush him often enough? HELP!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|