Advice for cat with hair mat problem


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Our question this week was:

Isabeau, my cat, had a very small mat. I took her to a groomer but the woman was combing her hair backwards. I next took her to the vet who said not to worry about it. Now her entire back is matted and I've no idea where to turn. Please help her.

Thank you,

Susan Self


Hi – thanks for your email. Sorry to hear about your cats mats. Is your cat feeling okay? Eating okay, drinking okay, not loosing weight and active? Still grooming? The first thing I worry about when they say their cat has a mat problem is if the cat feels okay. One of the first signs of some cats not feeling well is not grooming which can lead to subsequent mats.

It sounds like now you have quite a problem. I have an article that I think will help you. How to Get Mats Out of Your Cat!

You can try working to get the mats out but you may want to just take her to your vet or groomer and see if they can shave them off. I think (personally) that this is way less frustrating and then you are done and have a clean slate to work with. Once the mats are gone, you can try to groom your cat on a regular basis and prevent future mats.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.