Question by Caitlin: How to shave down a matted cat?
So we’ve had a stray cat wander up to our doorstep recently. (About two weeks ago.)
And after countless advertising and false hope we’ve failed to find his home, he’s a nice male cat
who would make a perfect companion but there’s one problem…
HE IS SO MATTED!
He has clumps of fur all down his sides, I’ve tried to brush them out but the big ones will not bust. I don’t want to wash him with matts in his fur just because I know it usually makes it worse. I’ve never had to deal with a cat this badly matted, I have an electric razor for my dogs (Shihtzu’s) and my black Persian cat but she’s never had a mat on her in her life.
I know cat skin will sometimes get pulled into the mat so I don’t want to just blindly go in with siccors and chop it off in fear of slicing him open. He stays outdoors where it’s hot in the summer and I feel so bad for him because he can’t cool himself off. We have worked a few out with the razor very carefully so now he just has a section of fur missing where we’ve cut it.
So do I completely shave him bald? Aside from the main up. ( I think he’s a maincoon)
I’ve watched some youtube videos but those don’t help, is there anything that maybe will loosen it up so it doesn’t take forever to get the mat off?
Thankyou all for your tips and suggestions, I just took “Sam” to the vet to get his vaccines, no microchip but we were still hoping! He does seem to have a slight allergy to dogs so he’s staying in our finished garage, he’s been shaved down completely aside from his mohawk going down his back, our vet said that the skin wasn’t getting the proper care it needed, he was very red and splotchy underneath. Also *ALOT* skinnier than we originally thought, he’s on antibiotics and getting fed very well. Though he seems to not grasp that dogs make him sneeze so I’ll leave to get his meds and come back to him snuggling up with my 7 month old shihtzu.
Answer by B
Do yourself a favor and take the stray to a vet to get checked out and then to a groomer. Cats are hard to handle especially the minute they get spooked.
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