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Elderly cat and badly matted fur

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cuibozo Sun 13-Nov-16 21:14:29

Do i need to shave him? It's on either side of his tail and is really badly matted. He's a shorthair moggy (neutered) aged about 16.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 13-Nov-16 21:47:46

I would get the vet to do it, their skin tears easily. He'll be a much happier cat for it.

TheoriginalLEM Sun 13-Nov-16 21:50:26

your vet will do this for you it wont be pretty but it will be so much more comfy grin

cuibozo Sun 13-Nov-16 21:51:14

Brilliant thanks! I was worried about hurting him. He won't appreciate it but has to be done grin

Weedsnseeds1 Sun 13-Nov-16 21:53:38

Don't try scissors, whatever you do. My old cat tolerated electric grooming clippers, but end result was a bit like the sheep dog on the Specsavers advert! Your best bet is vet or professional groomer.

cozietoesie Sun 13-Nov-16 21:57:16

Has he stopped grooming himself there?

RueDeDay Sun 13-Nov-16 22:08:44

I managed to detangle a friend's cat (by request!) by cutting through the knots half way down, ie leaving him with quite a lot of fur, but then the rest of the knot brushed out fairly easily. Took about a week of working in small 5 minute sessions now and again. Cat much happier afterwards, still had enough fur to look normalish.

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