All right, so life has been rather busy for you and you haven’t exactly had the time to properly brush and bathe your feline companion. In fact, you might be going through a tough stage in your life when cuddling your little kitty is all you can do to cope.

All right, so life has been rather busy for you and you haven’t exactly had the time to properly brush and bathe your feline companion. In fact, you might be going through a tough stage in your life when cuddling your little kitty is all you can do to cope.

Then, one day, you realize your error in the form of a massive wad of matted fur that has grown due to the neglect. You feel bad but even worse, you hate knowing that your cat is also suffering because of it. In fact, you can feel so guilty that you seek out desperate measures to eliminate this matted menace from kitty’s precious fur.

That said, you have to be careful if you are starting to feel this desperate. A lot of proper solutions for dealing with matted fur often require even more patience that you may no longer have. You might be tempted to take risky shortcuts. Here is a quick list of mistakes to avoid when dealing with a really nasty mop of matted cat hair.

#1. Cutting carelessly

Unless you want to completely shave your cat (a very bad idea, by the way), do not cut unless you are disciplined and trained enough to do it properly. Mats can be dangerously close to the skin of your cat and if you are not careful, you can inflict a serious injury.

When cutting off mats, you have to be very precise and try to keep whatever blades you are using from contacting your cat’s skin even as you are digging it into that big clump. Keep a very close eye on what you are doing and snip in small, careful amounts. Sometimes it’s best to not cut it off completely and leave just enough that you can go back to using a brush to remove it.

#2. Splashing and spraying

If you think a good bath is all your cat needs, think again. Mats can actually get worse when wet as the moisture makes it easier for them to tangle up even more!

You should also think twice about applying any hair product you think can be used to untangle mats. Don’t forget that cats have a different reaction to some substances than us humans. (After all, this is why you should be using pet-specific shampoo and soap.)

Always check the ingredients of any product you will use to untangle your cat’s hair. Consult the list of its known allergies and really do your homework when you are shopping for a mat remover at your local stores.

#3. Continuing to neglect regular brushing and bathing

Lastly, you should really understand that prevention will always be better than cure. Even after the nasty mess of matted fur has been removed, take a moment to really commit in giving your cat even just a weekly brushing sesion.

On the bright side, it is rather convenient that mats don’t develop overnight. By keeping your cat moderately groomed and even just a monthly bath, you can greatly reduce the factors that lead to the development of mats.

It also helps to clean your house regularly as matted fur can be the result of dust and other particles getting caught in your cat’s hair.

On a final note, an ordeal of matted fur should be seen as a lesson on taking a cat’s self-grooming habit for granted. No matter how busy or stressed out you are, take a moment to at least help your little kitty out with your own brushing habit so that you will never have to deal with that mess of hair again!

 

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