Cat's fur matted, loose…what to do?

Old 08-28-05, 11:43 AM
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My four year old cat's fur (medium length) can be found anywhere she sleeps in fairly large amounts. She also is getting matted on her back. Does she need special vitamins, or what can I do for her?
Old 08-29-05, 04:06 AM
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A vet check is in order if this is a new problem.
Old 08-29-05, 09:54 AM
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It is time for shedding, but...

Mattison is right, if this is something new, you may want to check with your vet. SOON. Sometimes major hairloss can be signs of serious illnesses.

If it is simply shedding, which as I mentioned it is still that time of year, it is not a worry.

To remove mats from critters, I have a very good tip. Use a seam ripper, to cut the fur out along the skinline. You have to be very careful, as the pointed ends can poke, but if you can pull the mat up enough, you can slide the seam ripper along the mat, above the skin, and slice it out quickly.

Buy a Brand New seam ripper for this, so it is very sharp, and be sure to buy a new one every so often. I learned this little trick when I was working as a vet tech and doing animal rescue years ago.

Hope this helps, keep us posted!
Old 10-25-05, 02:07 AM
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please seek vets advice as soon as possible, as matting in one area is unusual unless on the belly,you cat could be showing an allergic reaction to something or it could be some kind of mite under the skin,please dont do anything to strip the coat yourself, you could cause the problem to get worse and have severe stress to deal with in your lovely feline friend, and that could take much longer to remedy than the oriiginal problem.Keep me posted and good luck.

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