my 6 yr old ginger n white cat , is in desperate need of a bush to the belly , hes started to get a few matts , and he wont let me get rid of them , hes fine with the brush on the back and hes sides just not the belly , when you try he gets pretty aggressive , i dont want to have to take him to the vets , as it torments him way to much ........... im much in need of some adivce please help
If it is possible, put your cat on your lap while you are at the computer. Use a flea comb combing him in the spots he is ok with, and then get some cuticle scissors out, and gently put your finger between the matt and the skin so that you do not cut your cat, and snip a little at a time. Preferrably vertical snips. This will loosen those knots. When he gets annoyed with you, put him down until the next time.
I did this with a cat that had a nickname called So Mad. Her name was maggie, and she was a tiny ball of fire. It took me a week, but I got all those knots off of her/
If you cannot do this, I would suggest a grooming alon like the ones they have in petsmart. Find out if they will sedate your guy a little for the procedure.... I know they have valium 2 mgs to relax cats. I had to get it to relax my cats bladder.
Aw Jules, I have a 22 year old cat who is just one big mat. The vet won't help me as he is so old and Tom is so mean that I just can't do it. I try to sneak and cut a mat, but I can only get one if I am lucky. He is a very light sleeper. I'm sorry I can't help you at all. I can only wish you luck.
hi guys , thank you so much for your help , i will give it a try , slowley trying to cut them out , hes not an agressive cat , hehe even tho hes name is naughtyboy ( original name was willow lol ) . its more a case of not wanting to distress him , as he goes into hiding , awww bless your cat sugar , 22 thats an impressive age for a cat
There are all kinds of knots and mats. My cat whiskers use to have that awful flat mats, and I had a terrible time with those. his fur was very dry. I just kept it up until they were gone.
Jimmy is the one that told me to cut vertically, that the knots would work their way out.
Sugar, he might be mean BECAUSE his knots hurt him. Maybe trying another vet or groomer. I am sure they have ways of doing it. I mean especially the ones that groom, as I am sure they come across a lot of mean mad cats and dogs. I used the flea comb when I combed and cut. I also did most of it here at my desk, but I also followed them around if I had to.
thank you i will try the comb first lol hes not to keep on it , but i will try anything , it cant be very nice for him , if the comb doesnt work , i will try to cut them out .... thank you once again
If you just made a few snips, the knot might unravel by itself. OR, it will make it a lot easier the next time you try to comb it out.
im going to try it over the weekend , its like piccadilly circus in the week ,
Donna, the matts aren't the reason Tom is mean. He has always been mean. The vet techs are very careful around him. He snarls and then lashes out and they are very nice people. The vet is very careful around him too. I think it is because he was found in a dumpster in Norwood. He is like a junkyard dog, just pure mean. He has the flat matts. I keep snipping away and also cutting like Jimmys says to when I can. I have to be so very careful because he will get in complete attack mode. Otherwise he is a sweet cat and I love him dearly, just don't try to groom him. It takes me a long time to complete his nails too. If lucky, a couple in a day.
The vet is afraid to give Tom any kind of pill to relax him. It just might relax him forever. We have talked about it before. She will take clippers and get maybe one or two, but she won't stress him out, just a quick clip. Hopefully the flat ones don't hurt as much as the others where you can see the skin pulling. I have tried clipping and for some reason I don't have the knack of clipping. Maybe I don't have the right head on my clippers. I will see what kind the vet uses when I take kenny in next month.
Good luck Jules!