Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Dirty hair mats easily, so you should give him a bath or take him to a groomer who is well experienced with cats if you don't or can't bathe him yourself. You'll have to get the mats out first before bathing or that will just make them worse. Work at a mat slowly gently cutting away at it little by little without tugging and make sure there is no skin caught up in it. You may have to stretch the dematting out over a few days if your cat really objects. You don't want to nick or cut the skin! I found a good tool for cutting out mats is a "stitch ripper" (available in a sewing store), that enables you to cut away a little at a time without pulling. When you have the cat free of mats, then bathe him. Best to clip claws first. If you have double kitchen sinks it's a lot easier than bending over a tub. Or use a laundry tub for shampooing, and then put cat in a pail full of water for rinsing off the soap--he'll prefer to have his front paws on the rim. Most cats don't like baths because the water is not hot enough. It should be at least same as the body temperature of the cat....about 102F. They have higher body temp than humans. If the cat will tolerate it, use a blow dryer on "low" to dry the coat. If not, put it in a very warm small room....if you have a space heater that would be good. Cat cam get chilled very quickly. As the coat dries gently comb it out. Lots of treats afterwards. Your cat will feel a lot better having a bath. Once you have it clean and mat free, comb your cat every day and mats won't form.
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Last edited by catloverami; 02-16-2013 at 06:16 PM.