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I have noticed my kitten Bella has some matts and tangles under her arms and around belly and back leg (poop area).

After she was spayed i tried not to touch the general underside area as much as possible and probably reason why it got tangled =(

I know tangles are not good for skin and can be painful so i shopped around and bought few grooming tools to help remove those tangles and it did a great job on big tangles but was not effective on small tangles.

So should i take her to a groomer and get the whole belly shaved or should i cut out the tangles myself?
 

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A good groomer can get them out without shaving her.
 

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the vet shaved like the middle belly area because of the surgery so wouldnt it be better to shave off the belly and let it grow it out? or is shaving not healthy for the kitten?
 

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You could go ahead and shave her, then as her hair grows out, get her used to being combed/brushed that way, a little bit at a time.
 

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I am going to try a groomer tomorrow for Crisco. He has long hair and I do brush him, but he had an ear infection and his hair behind his ears matted from the medication and that I put in his ears and also not coming behind his ears.
 

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Hi Jshun,
I am planning on shaving one of my long haired boys, belly...
He has gotten several tight little mats, that would be way to painful for him, to try and comb out...
I already trim around his behind, so he's used to that, however, his tummy may be a different story, it's very sensitive!

Shaving is safer to me, than trying to cut out any mats, cats skin is stretchy, and its way to easy to make a serious cut in it!

I have trimmed mats, that were not close to the skin, with scissors, but with a comb between the skin, and the mat, to help protect any stretchy skin!
Good Luck!
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It's very easy to cut out mats without cutting the skin. Wedge a comb between the base of the mat and skin. Cut the mat off the top side of the comb. This way you don't get the skin. What's left of the mat is usually pretty easy to comb out.

Long haired cats are usually double coated (they may all be, but I don't know that for sure). Shaving double coated animals is not recommended unless they are severely matted. Many people think it helps keep them cooler when in fact it's the opposite...the undercoat acts as insulation to regulate the body temp. It can also ruin the coat and even cause balding.
 

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Doodlebug,
Good to know about it possibly ruining a coat, and causing balding!
What if the mats are so tight, and knotted next to the skin, on a cats very sensitive belly, that you can't even safely get a comb in between the skin, and the hair??
That's why I was planning on shaving those mats off with a pet trimmer...
Thanks!
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If that's the only way to get them off, then yes. Especially since it sounds like you'd be spot shaving, not doing the whole body.

I should have also added that shaving the whole body can cause more mats as the fur begins to grow in and tangles.
 

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Ahhh! Thanks Doodlebug!
Heavens no! I wasn't planning on giving him a crew cut!;)
Just the mats!:p
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Not knowing how bad it's matted I can't really say. But if that's the only way to remove them, then yes, do it. Shaving a potty patch is fine too.
 

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Jshun,
When I trim my boys hind end (potty patch) I leave at least a 1/2 - 3/4 inch of hair length...
I've never had problems with it matting...
Perhaps do a trim like that on her belly?
With only the specific mats trimmed close?
Sharon
 

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hmm the problem is she doesnt stay still. ill post a photo of her bottom and belly when i finish work its pretty dirty due to E collar being on and her not being able to clean herself =./
 

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You can buy blunt nose scissors that will not cut the skin in the grooming section or on Amazon. I have them because my cats have long hair and sometimes I have to cut out a mat. If the mats are close to the skin then have a groomer shave them off, if they are not close then go ahead and cut them out.
 

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I took out all her tangles but guess what?! she now has a bold patch behind her ears and uneven trimmings around back leg and chest! ahhaha I feel so bad for doing such a dodgy job :oops:
 
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