Cats with long hair coats are prone to matting. Fortunately, this can be prevented with regular brushing of the hair coat. But there are instances when matting a wound or injury. Before starting any form of treatment, the hairs should be clipped so the area can be examined carefully for pus, dried or moist blood, signs of inflammation, or tissue injury. You may need somebody to help you restrain the cat while you closely examine the area.
But if the mat is just composed of fur that has clumped and tangled, applying and massaging pet conditioner to the matted hair can help free the mat so you can comb or brush the hairs out. But if this is painful or uncomfortable for your pet, clippers can be used to remove the mat. If there are any signs of pain or discomfort, it’s a good idea to call your Sayville, NY veterinarian before giving any treatment.