How to Shave a Matted Cat

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In a previous article, we explained that one of the biggest problems some cat breeds suffer from is matted fur.

Matted fur can be uncomfortable for cats and can even lead to health problems if not addressed. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to safely shave your cat’s matted fur and keep them comfortable and healthy.

We highly recommend that you read this article: how to groom a cat with matted hair.

Causes of Matted Fur in Cats

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There are several causes of matted fur in cats.

Poor grooming habits

Cats can be notoriously bad at grooming themselves, and if they don’t groom regularly, their fur can become matted.

Fleas and Ticks

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Another common cause of matted fur is the presence of fleas or other parasites such as ticks. These parasites can cause the fur to become matted as they move through the fur.

Outdoors Activity

Cats that spend a lot of time outdoors are more prone to get their hair matted due to the fact that they can get dirt and debris stuck in their fur.

Dangers of Matted Hair

Matted fur can be uncomfortable for cats and can even lead to health problems if not addressed.

Matted fur can cause skin irritation and can even lead to skin infections.

Matted fur can also make it difficult for cats to regulate their body temperature, as the matted fur can trap heat and make it difficult for cats to cool down.

Lastly, matted fur can also make it difficult for cats to groom themselves, as the mats can make it difficult for cats to reach certain areas of their body. That’s why we recommend grooming your cat semi somewhat frequently.

Shaving a Matted Cat

How to shave a matted cat
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If your cat has matted fur, it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible. Let’s break down the steps you can take to safely shave your cat’s matted fur and rid them of any pain.

Tools For Shaving Your Cat

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Let’s keep this simple.

You’ll need a pair of clippers, a pair of scissors, and a razor.

You’ll also need a brush and some cat shampoo. Finally, you’ll need some protective gloves to protect your hands from the clippers and razor.

Brushing Out the Mats

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Once you have the supplies you need, the first step is to brush out the mats. Do NOT try to rough out the mats, be gentle. Forcing your way through your cat’s mats can rip away their fur which will cause them a lot of pain. If the mats are particularly stubborn, you can use a detangling spray to help loosen them.

Remove Cat Mats With a Clipper

Once you’ve brushed out the mats, the next step is to use a clipper to remove the remaining mats.

Start by clipping away the mats in small sections. Remember, you want to be gentle. If you can’t remove a part, either get help or leave it alone temporarily.

Use Scissors to Cut Out Matted Fur

Remember the part about leaving stubborn mats alone temporarily? Well, this is the time to get rid of those stubborn parts.

Use scissors to cut out stubborn mats. Scissors are better because they allow to trim certain parts without pulling away at the fur. Scissors are also more precise, which helps prevent injuries and cuts.

Start by cutting away the mats in small sections. Use some more fur detangling spray if you need to.

Shave the Fur With a Razor

Once you’ve removed the mats with the trimmer and the scissors, remove any remaining parts with a clean, sterile razor. Start by shaving in small sections. It’s never a bad idea to use a detangling spray.

Post Shave Aftercare

Once you’ve shaved your cat’s fur, it’s important to take proper aftercare to ensure your cat’s comfort and health.

Clean the Shaved Area

Once you’ve shaved your cat’s fur, it’s important to clean the shaved area. Start by using a damp cloth to gently clean the shaved area. Be sure to be gentle and to avoid pulling on the fur. If the shaved area is particularly dirty, you can use a mild cat shampoo to help clean it.

Keep the Shaved Area Moisturized

Once you’ve cleaned the shaved area, it’s important to keep it moisturized. Start by applying a light layer of pet-safe moisturizer to the shaved area. Be sure to be gentle and to avoid pulling on the fur. If the shaved area is particularly dry, you can use a pet-safe ointment to help keep it moisturized.

Monitor the Shaved Area for Any Signs of Infection

Finally, it’s important to monitor the shaved area for any signs of infection. Start by checking the shaved area daily for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. Be sure to be gentle and to avoid pulling on the fur. If you notice any signs of infection, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

How Do Cats Feel After Being Shaved?

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Some cats may feel relieved to have their matted or tangled fur removed, while others may feel anxious or uncomfortable without their usual coat of fur. It’s important to provide your cat with a comfortable and warm environment after being shaved and to monitor their behavior for signs of discomfort or distress.

If you have concerns about how your cat is feeling after being shaved, it’s best to consult with a veterinarian.

Is it OK to Shave an Indoor Cat?

While it is generally safe to shave an indoor cat, it is not always necessary or recommended. Cats have fur for a reason and it provides them with insulation from the elements and protects their skin from the sun. Shaving can also increase the risk of sunburn and skin irritation. However, there may be certain circumstances where shaving is necessary, such as if the cat is severely matted or if they have a medical condition that requires it.

It is always best to consult with a veterinarian or a professional groomer before shaving a cat to determine if it is necessary and to ensure that it is done safely.