Information from Ragdoll breeders and other online sources often claim that Ragdoll cats have non-matting fur, which is generally true, but they can indeed get mats, especially without regular grooming. Brushing your cat on a regular basis is the easiest way to prevent mats from forming, but there are some other tricks for preventing and treating mats as well if your kitty is mat-prone:
- Different grooming tools – Some cats might be resistant to one type of brush, but actually enjoy a different tool. Try experimenting with different combs, rakes, and even dog brushes until you find one your cat will stick around for. Here’s a post that talks about cat brushes and combs we have reviewed.
- Diet – A cat’s diet affects the condition of their fur. For example, dry cat food has been linked to matted fur problems. Try adding more oil to their diet to keep their fur silky – for example fish oil capsules or even a small amount of coconut oil.
- Natural mat loosening – Before busting out the scissors and potentially cutting your cat’s skin, try loosening the mat with one of these natural options: coconut oil, baby powder, a humidifier, or a good quality pet shampoo and conditioner.
- Cutting out mats – If you need to cut out a mat, try a few of these different tools: nail clippers, an electric mustache trimmer, a seam ripper, or a FURminator.
- Visiting a groomer – If your home grooming routine isn’t enough or your cat is too skittish for you to groom on your own, try visiting a professional groomer every so often, and ask for tips for fur upkeep between groomings.
Ragdolls can mat, but regular grooming and some mat removal techniques can keep those mats at bay.
How do you prevent cat mats? How do you treat mats when your cat gets them? What kind of brushes or alternative grooming tips would you recommend? Any good advice from a groomer? Share below!