Should I cut off my cats mats?

Should I cut off my cats mats?

Never try to cut out a mat. Cats have very delicate skin and with mats forming close to it, it’s easy to miscalculate and cut too deep. Not only will your pet be in pain but they will experience excessive bleeding and a wound that may need stitching.

Does it hurt cats to cut matted fur?

It won’t hurt the cat as long as you are holding the skin away from you and you only have the hairs immediately beneath the mat in the comb. Most cats will become agitated when you try to “pick” a mat apart, or if you aren’t holding the skin firmly.

What should I do if I accidentally cut my cat?

Keep the area clean and dry. You do not have to bandage it if you do this. If the cuts gets bigger (it may need sutures) or if it starts to ooze pus or smell then you need to get her to a vet. They may need to remove some of the dead or infected tissue and stitch the wound closed.

What causes matted hair on cats back?

Causes of Matted Cat Hair Cat hair can become matted either because of shedding or movement. When a cat sheds, hair can tangle with the intact hairs and form knots. On the other hand, frequent movement can cause the fur to mat as well.

How do you remove mats from a long haired cat?

Using Scissors to Remove Mats From a Long-Haired Cat (Not Recommended) Use a comb to lift the hair from the skin. Cut only the edges of the mat on the outside of the comb to loosen the fur. Detangle what’s left of the mat with a brush or comb. Once you have removed the mats, you’re not done yet.

How big of a space do you need to cut cat mats?

If you still think you can use scissors, it’s extremely important to tease the mat away from the skin and have a visual on the area before picking up those darn scissors. We like to see a good 1/4 inch or more of space between the mat and the skin before cutting.

What causes matted hair on a shorthaired cat?

Indoor-only and shorthaired cats can also get mats from a buildup of dust and dander. See our related article for much more about the causes of matted hair in cats. Most mats will come out with brushing, but hard mats can require extra work. Mats are clumps of hair that have become entangled or knotted over time.

What kind of brush do you use to remove mat?

Using a Mat Comb If regular brushing or using the wide-toothed comb doesn’t work, there is another brush called a mat comb, sometimes called a razor comb. This is a brush with recessed blades that will cut the hair as you brush. It’s particularly helpful if you can get under the mat.

What’s the best way to cut a CAT MAT?

Cut the Mat Using sharp blunt-nosed scissors, carefully slide the scissors along the skin into the mat, holding them perpendicular to the skin; the bottom blade should slide along the skin. Cut up, into the mat. Make a clean cut and try not to pull the hair while cutting.

What should I do if my cat won’t lay on the mat?

Gently pull the mat up away from the skin, so you can see where the skin is. If the cat resists, take a break and speak in a soothing voice, petting the cat until it relaxes. Repeat this soothing at any point during the procedure if your cat starts getting stressed out.

Can you cut your cat’s skin while grooming?

Cut cat’s skin while grooming. Help Dr. Marie! While cutting away a clump of matted hair from behind my kitty’s ear, I cut too close and took off a layer of skin in a small circumference about the size of my pinkie finger tip end (maybe a little > 1/8″) . It is not bleeding but you can see the layer beneath the layer I cut away.

What does it mean if your cat has mats in its hair?

Mats are clumps of hair that have become entangled or knotted over time. The mats can become uncomfortable and even painful for your cat. Some mats with regular movement, and others build up over time without grooming. They also cause skin irritation and infection.