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I thought at 1st that my 6 year old cat went under a car and got some oily stuff on her fur, along her spine but it appears now she has about 6 or 7 clumps or tufts of fur on her back half way down and they are sort of matted together at the base next to the skin and will not comb out and are more lumpy near her skin. She is really very irritated for us to touch them and I am now believing she has some kind of infection in the skin and that is why the number of clumps/tufts are increasing.

I am not sure what to do, the vet suggested he puts her under, then shaves her at those clumps and I am not sure this is the answer, but something is making the base of the clump more solid. He said the fur will grow back up and perhaps there is some kind of bacteria at the base and if we shave it the air can get into there?

HELP please, with any ideas. The cat get very sensitive with combing anyway but I do not want this to get worse and at this time of year, her fur should be less dense in the heat of the mediterranean where we live.

I would be grateful for some suggestions - I will try to post some photos

Thanks in advance
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If it were my cat, I'd let the vet do what he has suggested. Matted fur can be very painful, and can't be combed out without causing more pain and possibly damage to the skin.

My long-haired cat gets mats on his hips. He won't let me comb him in those areas even when there aren't any mats. I had him shaved one year, but that required a blood test to check his kidney's and liver before anesthesia. Since then, I've cut his fur off myself at the beginning of each summer (not a pretty sight!), and I keep a close eye on the condition of his coat. Any mats that start forming get cut off right away .... very carefully, with scissors.
 
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