5 Best Tools for De-Matting a Cat

 

Cats are known as the best self-groomers, and most cats groom nearly constantly. Fur licking keeps a cat’s skin healthy and stimulates sebaceous glands in their skin to produce oil to lubricate their fur. But sometimes our furry friends need our help with their grooming, specially if you notice they are are neglecting a specific area.

Old cats, obese cats, and certain breeds such as Persians, Maine Coons, and other long-haired breeds are more prone to develop tangles and mats. Matted fur does not only look bad, but it is very painful for cats. If not removed, it can also cause other health issues including discomfort, skin disorder, flea infestation, mites, worms, and other parasites.

Removing mats from cats is usually not an easy task, but if you have the right tools before you begin, it will definitely make things go much smoother for you and your furry friend. Make sure you take things slowly and always start a dematting session with a calm and relaxed cat.

TOP 5 TOOLS YOU NEED TO GATHER BEFORE DE MATTING YOUR CAT

1. High Quality Dematting tool

Many people fail completely when they try to remove their cat's mats because they use the wrong brush. They get frustrated, and their cat fears the day they pull out the brush to try to groom them. If you want to de-mat your cat, why not use a brush that is specifically designed to remove mats? 

We love recommending the Freshly Bailey dematting brush because it has proven to be effective at removing mats while creating a positive grooming experience. The brush is terrific at getting into the undercoat and working through the stubborn tangles. This tool has already helped thousands of cat owners, and it just may be what you need but didn't even know it existed. 

Groomer's Tip: Always use short strokes when dematting your cat. Do not pull through the mat as it can be very painful.

2. Detangling Spray 

A detangling spray is a great addition to your cat grooming tools. A good spray is created to penetrate strands to release tangles. A spray is especially helpful when you find those stubborn mats, and your cat doesn't seem to cooperate. You can spray on the area, let it sit for a while, and then brush it out. 

We love this Detangling Spray because of its natural ingredients and its amazing smell! The spray makes brushing much easier, but if your cat is severely matted, the spray may not help at all and cutting the stubborn mats may be the way to go. 

When you finish spraying and combing through the mats, it is recommended to wipe away any detangling spray residue with a damp cloth to prevent your cat from licking and ingesting it. 

3. Slicker Brush 

A slicker brush is a great tool to use to maintain your cat mat-free after you've removed all the mats. You can also use the slicker brush at the end of a de-matting session to slowly and gently brush through any remaining tangles. 

We love the Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush by Freshly Bailey. You just brush, click, and clean the brush. The bristles retract after brushing so they are kept from being damaged or bent. Well kept bristles prevent uncomfortable poking to your fur baby.

4. Blunt-end Scissors

Grooming scissors are great to have on hand just in case there is a matted area that is too difficult to untangle with the use of your hands, the spray, or the brush. Make sure they are designed with a safety round tip so you can cut through without hurting your cat. 

We like the Freshly Bailey Grooming Scissors because they are sharp, professional grade scissors so you can smoothly cut into any mat. They have the rounded tip so you won't poke your cat's skin, and they come in a set of 2 pairs - one straight and one curved for hard to reach areas. 

5. Cat treats

Cat treats are essential to create a positive grooming experience when dematting your cat. You want your cat to cooperate and be patient as you tackle this task. What better way to do this than to praise him with a cat treat as you untangle those nasty mats?

HOW TO DE MAT YOUR CAT

 1. Start your de - matting session with a calm and relaxed cat. Do not randomly begin brushing in the middle of a play session. Wait for your cat to be calm. 

2. Do not bathe your cat and keep the fur dry. You may want to use an untangling spray for really stubborn mats. 

3. Grab your dematting tool and begin brushing using the 9-rounded-teeth side (specifically designed for dematting purposes) using short strokes. When you reach a mat, hold the fur closest to the skin with your fingers before brushing or pulling at the mat. This helps control the resistance from your brushing and avoids pulling on the cat’s skin. Start at the end of the mat and work your way up. This helps prevent the pain of the brush getting stuck.

4. Give your cat a treat and praise him for his patience. 

5. When a mat is too knotted, you may use some blunt-end scissors to cut through the mat. Carefully slide the scissors along the skin into the mat, holding them perpendicular to the skin; the bottom blade should slide along the skin. Cut up, into the mat. Make a clean cut and try not to pull the hair while cutting.

Depending on the severity of the mats, it could take several days to tackle them all, and you need your cat's cooperation and patience, so don't push it all at once. After you have removed most or all of the mats, groom daily with a slicker brush or even the same dematting tool (You can use the 17-teeth-side for thinning and deshedding). Always end your grooming session with a treat. 

 

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21 comments

I have a long hair older cat the matting is in numerous places and I’ve tried the rake comb you show but she screams!
I can find a vet or groomer to sedate
Te her and tackle the mess…
:-(
I live on Long Island in New York.

Mike glaser

Thanks for the info luckily I have all these items except the scissors so far little by little it’s working I just wanted to see if I was doing the right thing thanks again!

Marie

Thank you for the info luckily I have all of these items except for the scissors and I have been do this daily. So thanks again

Marie

It’s impossible to do anything with this cat he bites if you go near him.Occassionally I can hold him when I am sitting and he will move to get up then he turns and bites my arm.Therefore I am unable to remove the matting on his back

Donna Hayes

My cat is 14 years old never had hair mats all of a sudden he’s covered in them I try to get him off but they’re so hard to get off I’m going to try what you recommend and hope that works

Rosemary Hernandez

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