Here’s an excellent reference on care for long-haired cats. Matting is a problem for these beauties, but there are simple ways to control the problem. (Frankly, if you aren’t prepared to give your long-haired cats regular brushing and trips to the groomers, you probably aren’t the person to have them! They do require your attention.)
“Great article, I will certainly be using some of the points in this in the future with clients”
Emma O’Connor, Veterinary Surgeon at Anton vets
What is matting?
Matting is when a cat’s fur becomes knotted and entwined. Matts can occur when the cat’s undercoat sheds (moults) and gets trapped under the top layer of fur. A build up of dirty fur or oily skin, affecting the condition of the fur, can also result in matting. The fur bunches together if left uncombed.
Without proper and regular grooming a cats matting can very quickly become pelted.
Most owners concentrate on the top layer of fur, when they brush their cat, leaving the undercoat without attention. This can be the start of matting. A matt or knot can sometimes be teased out with the fingers or gently combed out if held at the root. If a comb can be slid between the matt…
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