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Old 01-04-2013, 02:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Robin has some tangles in his fur I can't seem to brush out! I don't know if he got into something sticky, or scraps with the neighbor cats. I've heard that CUTTING out tangles is a bad idea. He has a very full coat,and is somewhat long-haired.
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When it gets that bad, I bring my girls to their groomer. There are products that you can spray on fur to detangle, but I've never tried them.
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I don't hesitate to cut out mats. Sometimes they seem to just appear! If combing, brushing or gently tugging doesn't do it I grab the scissors - as long as they are not pulling skin, too. You don't want to cut the skin. If they are sticking to the skin, then they probably need shaved off, hence a professional should be used.
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I've snipped but mostly around his rear end when there has been some stuck litter or poo. It hasn't seemed to cause any problems and looks fine.

I swear you could make a ponytail with my kitty's butt fur.

I can't seem to find a cat groomer around here. I'd love to have him get a potty patch regularly, but every groomer I call says they only do dogs.


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Have you tried gently working the tangle out with your fingers rather than a brush or comb?
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"I can't seem to find a cat groomer around here. I'd love to have him get a potty patch regularly, but every groomer I call says they only do dogs."

Sheesch, where ARE you, Mars?? I put a muzzle on my Maddie (a Norweigan Forest Cat) when I take her in and hold her for the groomer. It's a walk in service her and takes one minute! Costs $5. If they can do dogs, they can do cats!
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I cut mats off Holly all the time. But you have to be very careful. I take a wider tooth metal comb and wedge it in between the mat and her skin, then cut the mat off the top of the comb. There may be a little matted fur left, but that usually combs out very easily once it's been cut. She has so much fur it's not even noticeable.
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"I can't seem to find a cat groomer around here. I'd love to have him get a potty patch regularly, but every groomer I call says they only do dogs."

Sheesch, where ARE you, Mars?? I put a muzzle on my Maddie (a Norweigan Forest Cat) when I take her in and hold her for the groomer. It's a walk in service her and takes one minute! Costs $5. If they can do dogs, they can do cats!
If may be true that they can, but the ones I've talked to won't. Even places that advertise as a "pet groomer" just do dogs. I asked one why they don't advertise as a dog groomer if they don't do other pets, and I think she just got annoyed with me. I'll keep looking I guess




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I cut mats off our one long haired guy. He gets them in his armpit area. I'm curious about what you said about not cutting mats though. Why is it a bad idea? (I've never owned a long haired cat before this one, so it's a learning process ).
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You think you have the matt in your fingers and you cut right behind it, but the skin was pulled up, too. Then you have a trip to the vet. Tons more expensive than paying a groomer.

The safest way is what Lisa said, putting a comb between the matt and skin. Even then, the skin can be pulled through the teeth of the comb if you don't know what you're doing and you're pulling too hard.
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