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Help my cats fur is matted!

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Do you have a senior kitty that is getting matted fur? This can become more common as they age. Cats are meticulous groomers. If you cat no longer grooms the way, they used to there could be some underlying causes going on. Let us look at them.

Dental problems

Sometimes cats will not groom themselves because they have pain in their mouth. Maybe they have damaged teeth. Maybe they have an infection in the gums. This is a problem it will not fix itself. The best thing that you can do is bring them into us for an exam to determine if there is a mouth issue going on. It could be as simple as a tooth that needs to be pulled, but a proper dental exam will typically let us know.


As many cats age they can end up with arthritis or some other form of degenerative joint disease. Just like with their human counter parts, arthritis makes movement more difficult and painful. If this is the case it is critical to get them into the vet for x rays. If your cat has arthritis, your Albuquerque vet will give you some treatments options, which can be simple supplements for their diet or NSAIDs to help with the inflammation and pain.

Urinary, Kidney or Bladder Issues

Often when your cat starts feeling poorly their grooming will fall to the sidelines. It is not uncommon for their coat to start looking greasy. Things such as urinary tract and bladder infections can also keep your cat from performing proper grooming as they greatly effect how your cat is feeling. If your cat does have an infection, this needs to be treated by a vet immediately as it can have fatal consequences.


No matter the reason, you can help your senior cat out with grooming by spending a few minutes every day assisting them. You can use a rubber brush to clear out loose hair. You can follow that with the use of a soft-pin slicker to work through tangles and a stainless-steel comb to work through mats.

Hips, legs and underside are the areas where you will find the most problems. If you find a mat, you don’t want to just pull it out as that can be painful. Apply a little cornstarch to the mat to make it easier to work through. You may be able to work the knotted fur apart carefully with your fingers to free the mat. If the mat is not too close to their skin you can cut it out, but you want to be very careful not to accidentally cut your cat. If that does not work a professional groomer can help you to remove the cats mats in a safe manner.

We hope that you and your senior kitty are doing well. Make sure to keep up on their vet care and bring your cat in, yes, even senior cats, for their annual vaccinations. This will help them stay healthy longer.