(Closed) Best ways to de-mat a cat?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@LadyJDAG:  We bought one of those electric razors from the pet shop. It’s a good one (like the vet has), and we use it to cut out the mats that sometimes sneak up on our long haired kitty.

It’s quick and painless to get the mat out and he has so much hair that it’s not like you notice a difference lol. We also use it to trim his nether regions so he gets less cling-ons (TMI I know haha).


Post # 4
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

What I used to do when I had a longhair was take apart a pair of utility scissors and use one side, then use that side almost like a safety razor to gradually “shave” the mat off.  But I think there are actually grooming tools specifically for this purpose, I just never got one.

Post # 7
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@LadyJDAG:  Yup, it does, and we got ours at Petsmart I believe. It’s so quick once you get the hang of it. At first I was scared of hurting my cat but it’s so quick and easy. Andis is the brand, I just checked.

Post # 9
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@LadyJDAG:  While I don’t hace any experience with long-hair cats, I do have experience with shaving cats (I have a kittty with very thick fur, which was not fun for her when we lived in FL).  I just bought a men’s hair trimmer at Target (for, like $14).  It works like a charm.  If I remember correctly, the “pet shavers” at places like Petsmart are a bir pricier (like ~$60, I think), and yep, I am sure they are better quality, but if you are only using if for the occasionaly shave (i.e. to just remove the mat), I think a cheaper option would work just as well.

Also, when we shave our furball, Darling Husband holds the cat (near her neck and near her back hips) and essentially streches her out on her side while I shave her.  She absolutely hates it when we shave her, but as soon as I finish, she loves not having the extra hair.  If you cat is wiggly, I suggets finding a partner to help shave the mat off.

Good luck!

Post # 11
1935 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@LadyJDAG:  you know what has really helped our kitty with mats? We changed her food! She used to get them behind her front legs (she’s a furry little thing!) and we’d have to either cut a little away at a time and then comb, or wrestle her down and brush it all out. Anyways, we switched up her food (she’s eating Nutro Natural or something like that now) and she’s had NO matting. At all. We brush her regularly, but her coat is sooo much softer and smoother. 

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