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Best way to remove small mats of fur on a cat's bum?

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schroeder Sat 13-Aug-11 13:58:44

We have a semi longhair moggie who looks after her fur pretty well without much help from us except a quick brush once a week (more often when she's moulting.) She loves being brushed, but gets a bit snappy when it comes to her rear end.

Anyway when giving her a brush I've noticed 1 or 2 small matted bits near her tail end about the size of a little finger, but not so long iykwim. She doesn't like me to brush them-I have some scratches to show for trying.

What is the best way to deal with them?
Should I pin her down and snip them off? [scared]
Is there detangling spray for cats?grin

scurryfunge Sat 13-Aug-11 14:00:58

Cut them off. Life is too short to groom the fur around a cat's arse grin

schroeder Sat 13-Aug-11 18:33:53

Right scurry are you gonna come around and hold her down for me?

DH is a wimp and just lets her go "poor kitty she doesn't like it" hmm

I can't snip and hold struggling feline <wishes for extra set of arms again>

scurryfunge Sat 13-Aug-11 18:52:11

It is definitely a two person job!

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 13-Aug-11 19:26:05

She will pull them out on her own.

I know what you mean about long hairs not liking the comb around the bottom. We had 4 persian chinchillas growing up and furminator brushes hadnt been invented.

schroeder Sat 13-Aug-11 19:37:42

Do you really think she'll get them off by herself?

She is due her booster injections and I don't want the vet to tell me off for not taking good care of her.

Babieseverywhere Sat 13-Aug-11 19:42:10

Try a shedding blade (if you have one or could get one from pet shop) I bought one for our long haired cat may she RIP. I still use it on the short haired cats they love it.

Most small mats the cat should groom out themselves but it could be uncomfortable in the mean time. Watch her skin for signs of soreness and/or infection (very rare but can happen with bad big mats)

But don't worry about the vets, they will help you get rid of the mats if you haven't done it by then.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 13-Aug-11 20:34:45

Yes they do pull them out, we took ours to the vets once to get mats dealt with and they cut the skin when taking the mats out. We felt awful about it but combing 4 adult cats who all hate grooming was a nightmare.

We have a furminator now for the bengal who acutally likes grooming but I stop when he's had enough.

I think most vets know the longhairs get the odd mat. It's not neglect, if you'd seen our chinchillas! vets know the score.

hiddenhome Sat 13-Aug-11 23:08:06

My oldest cat doesn't groom herself very well and we have to cut the tats off each autumn when she's meant to have moulted. I just sneak up on her when she's asleep and have a quick chop.

MadamDeathstare Sun 14-Aug-11 17:58:12

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schroeder Sun 14-Aug-11 18:39:59

grin My eyes! I can just imagine what your cat looked like after that!

Our cat is such a weird mixture of smooth fur, long curly fur, and long fluffy fur that I suppose a bald arse wouldn't look that out of place.hmm

MadamDeathstare Sun 14-Aug-11 19:34:42

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