Where are his mats? I find my longhairs (and my shorthairs with health problems
) tend to mat behind their elbows and sometimes in their 'pants' ... the hair at the backs of their thighs. Other common areas are behind the ears, sides of the neck, shoulders and at the top/sides of their hips. Usually, the upper mats are caused by US, from ruffling and scrubbling the hair in swirls and NOT petting or combing our fingers through their fur in the direction of the hair growth. Mats and snarls seem to be more prevalent during shedding-season (spring/fall
) and if the cat isn't feeling well and is shedding excessively and also not grooming. Sometimes "potty-patches" need to be shaved from the potty-area to help a kitty who doesn't groom fastidiously, or one who is a little overweight and can't comfortably reach the area to take care of business.
This is my fave mat-grooming tool:
It has short, curved teeth that have a razor's edge on the inner curve and as they comb through the mat, the razor-edged teeth cut through the mat and help to dislodge it.
I also have a "FurBuster" but I don't think it works well at mat-busting. It is GREAT at helping to remove loose hair during shedding time.