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How to Detangle Matted Cat Hair

By Jaimie Zinski | Updated September 26, 2017

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Items you will need

  • Corn starch

  • Fine-toothed comb

  • Seam ripper

  • Small pair of scissors

  • Rubbing alcohol

Matted fur on cats can be caused by many things, from mud to tar. These mats are unattractive, but they can also be dangerous and lead to skin lesions and skin infections. When a cat has a matted clump of fur, oxygen is unable to reach the skin, which is can lead to a buildup of bacteria. These mats can also hold in dirt and debris, which can also lead to infection. Removing these mats is possible at home.

Lie your cat down, making sure you have access to the matted area.

Place a small amount of corn starch on the area and work it into the matted fur.

Pull the mat up with your fingers or a fine-toothed comb, making sure not to pull on the cat’s skin.

Work at the matted area with a seam ripper by moving it from side to side over the mat to remove any debris or sticky material.

Comb the hair apart once the mat has been loosened with the seam ripper.

Wash out any debris left on the fur or skin with warm water.

Cut out stubborn mats with a small pair of scissors. Make sure to use a pair of clean, sterile scissors that have been cleaned with rubbing alcohol.

Photo Credits

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Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.