Post # 1
To all the cat-loving bees out there…
We recently took in a cat from a friend. She has very long hair and is a little shy getting used to us. I have, however, been able to brush her a few times. There are just a couple spots she won’t let me get to and now she has a couple knots.
Are there any remedies I can use for this?
Post # 3
electrical razor 🙂 At least if the knots are really bad.
Otherwise try mixing some conditioner with some water and spray it on as a detangler.
If you don’t have a furminator, they are the BEST grooming tool out there.
Post # 4
@JaneDomani: I second this. Though I’m sure kitty would be afraid of the razer since she’s new to you.
You can try getting her relaxed and taking out the knots with scissors.
Post # 5
This happened with my one kitty and I had to just cut it out.
Post # 6
I second the furminator it’s awesome and worked great on my cat with long hair!
Post # 7
thanks! at this point, i think Asia is right that she’d be scared of the razor at this point. will try the detangler first (maybe find some type of all natural brand at the store) and then go for the scissors if we have to.
Post # 8
I have this problem with both of my cats, one of which just lets me cut or buzz the mattes out… The other would rip my face/arm/leg off if I tried to do anything other than brush him when it was ok with him. However, what I find is that with that cat, if I just brush him a few times in the spots that get knotted up the mattes fall out without cutting them (brushing the spots keeps any new hair growth from getting knotted up with it), the spots he won’t let me brush (like his belly) he eventually gets to grooming himself tediously and gets them out without intervention.
If that doesn’t seem like an option or the mattes are really bad, I suggest taking her to the vet and getting her sedated and having them cut/shaved out… It won’t be pretty (they do this quickly so it’s quite a hack job if there are a lot of mattes) but it will give you a better starting point. 🙂