PetPlace.com Cat hair matting and knotting on lower back – is this a problem? - Page 1

My Pet: FREE Tools to Care for Your Pet and Connect with Others


Over 10,000 Vet Approved Articles Search All Articles

Cat hair matting and knotting on lower back – is this a problem?

By: Dr. Jon Rappaport

Read By: Pet Lovers
Email To A Friend Print


Our question this week was:

Hi, I have a cat that is almost two years old. Her hair on her lower back is knotting all over, or matting I guess you could say. I was wondering if there was anything serious to worry about? I'm not sure of her breed, but she does have longer hair.

Thank You,

Brandi B.


Answer

Hi – thanks for your email. A lot of cats will begin to get mats over the lower back or sides – areas that they can't groom as well. This most commonly occurs in cats that are obese (can't reach anymore) or cats that don't feel well. Some cats just don't groom a lot and will mat as well.

Is your cat otherwise acting okay? Eating okay? Losing weight? Drinking the same amount or more? Urinating okay? If he has having any health problems, I'd recommending taking him to your veterinarian for evaluation just to make sure there is not an underlying health problem that is making him not feel well.

If everything checks out okay and he is healthy, you may need to start brushing and grooming him on regular basis to minimize future problems.

A couple articles that might be helpful to you are Grooming Your Cat and How to Remove Mats.

Best of luck!


Dr. Jon


P.S. – Do you have any great pet tips? I love learning from pet owners and have been looking for some pet tips. I might try to share some of these with other PetPlace users! Send me your pet tips!






To read most recent questions Click here!

Click here to see the full list of Ask Dr. Jon Questions and Answers!




Comment & Share
Email To A Friend Print

Cat Photos Enjoy hundreds of beautiful cat photos Let's Be Friends Follow Us On Facebook Follow Us On twitter

Close

Email to a Friend

Article to eMail
Cat hair matting and knotting on lower back – is this a problem?




Thanks!
Close
My Pet
Coming Soon

Tools to Care for Your Pet and
Connect with Others!

Be the First to Know.
Notify Me