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Unread 08-30-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Knotted hair

Our 5 yr old long hair Maine Coon, Snuggie, for the first time, has developed several knots of hair on his hind quarters near his tail, and most are impossible to cut out with scissors. Short of shaving him bald back there, is there any solution that possibly works to break up those mats, so it can be combed back to normal???
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Mats can be hand split. It is time consuming and may take many sessions, but it can be done.

First, if you can, cut as much with scissors as you can, staying away from the skin. Then hunker down and spend as much time as he will tolerate at a time, splitting the mats with your fingers.

Start at the top of the mat and gently start pulling it apart. As you get deep into the mat, you will be appalled to see how much the skin is affected underneath, inches of skin from all around the mat can be pulled and twisted. It's very tender back there.

If the hand splitting is not feasible, the best thing to do is to have him shaved in that area. As the fur grows back in, keep it combed daily to prevent the mats from building up again.

What are you feeding him? Poor diet can affect coat and skin quality to the point of making a cat prone to mat.

When was his last check up? Sometimes sudden mats can be an indication of some health problem.

Is he overweight? An inability to access the area easily to groom could make the mats more likely to form.

Please keep us posted on your Snuggie.
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I was going to suggest going to a professional groomer because it will be much quicker and less painful for your kitty.
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Try a stitch ripper (found in your sewing box!) to take the matt out at the base. :3 Very easy and quick.
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