Long-Haired Matted Cat Hair: SolutionsThere are a lot of differing ideas among pet owners about the best way to deal with cat mats - like this discussion we had on our Facebook page a few months back. Owners of Ragdoll kitties have to balance factors like the well-being and stress levels of their cats, the expense of long-haired cat grooming, their own willingness to risk a few scratches by grooming at home, and other practical concerns. Below are some various tips from cat owners for how to remove mats from a long-haired cat; for more tips on long-haired cat matted fur and recommendations for specific products, check out our post Cat Matted Fur: Tips and Tricks to Remove Cat Mats.
- Cutting out mats – using small scissors, shears, an electric razor, clippers, or even a battery operated ear/nose/eyebrow trimmer. Just be careful not to get too close to the skin and risk cutting your kitty's skin and hurting your kitty.
- Mat splitters or removers – use these to carefully separate hair from the sides of a mat, working a little bit at a time until you can shrink the mat to a point where it could easily be cut out.
- Grooming – groomers can easily take care of mats or give your kitty a lion cut, though some pet owners are concerned about groomers using drugs to sedate their pet or the effects of a lion cut on a cat’s fur growth.
- Shampoos/conditioners – try using baby shampoo or conditioner regularly to keep their fur soft and silky, but be sure to rinse it thoroughly afterwards since the cat will lick it afterwards.
- Corn starch – work a little into the mat to loosen it up before trying to comb or remove.
- Oils – try olive oil, coconut oil, or even argon oil to help loosen up mats.
- Combing and brushing – regular combing and brushing can prevent mats from forming or keep them small enough that they can be dealt with easily. Daily home grooming is also a good way to keep track of mats and catch them early.
- Seam ripper – works great in conjunction with corn starch or something else to loosen them up.
- Head to Tail Calming Treats – with chamomile, recommended to help keep your kitty calm if they are easily stressed by grooming.