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debby    raleigh, NC

3/23/2013 9:44:52 PM

great reading

PetsboroughCatGrooming    Westborough, MA

10/28/2012 8:42:16 PM

Hello everyone
I am a Master Feline Groomer and I'm here to help with correct info. Why do cats mat and tangle?
Cats are extremely greasy creatures. The grease build up at some point stops the animal of normal shedding. On the greasy coat the fur start to stick together and there's a tangle formed. Over time more and more pieces of fur will stick together and the tangles will become on matts very soon.Keep in mind that this is happening on several spots on the cats body at the same time. Usually the owner in an attempt to get the cat rid of the tangles try to brush them out. A big mistake. When a greasy cat is brushed the greasy is being spread all over the cat's body making the situation even worse. Never use a brush on cat, long or short hair.Use a regular metal comb. Now the solution for the situation: bathing. Cats should be bath on a regular basis. The ideal its between 4/8 weeks. Bath and blow dry will removed all the greasy and the dead hair from the cat. No more smelly and matted cats.
Search and find a Master Feline Groomer who has the expertise to deal with any kind of feline behavior and offers top results to the health of your cat.
Hope this help.

Note: Never try to remove matts from your cat with scissors.

Steven    san Diego, CA

7/15/2012 2:34:27 AM

I have a Persian cat. He was getting very badI mats. I had to take him to the groomer to have the mat shaved out. Trying to call but this will only lead to pain and your cat will not enjoy the comb. I believe that I did not comb as often as I should. I think other people have the same problem. Do a little bit day by day. You comb your hair everyday don't you? Also use a special comb forI mats use with extreme care. You can find these at the local pet store. They are metals and have 2 rows of combs 1 roll long 1 row short. Again I think it is imperative to groom look at much more often. Hope this is helpful. My little guy never gets madded anymore. And he loves our time together. Before it was a struggle. Trying to do too much at 1 time.

Leo    Porterville, CA

3/3/2011 12:48:51 PM

I have a fluffy, medium, furry cat. He is a male. He has been neutered and is an outside cat. The problem is, is tha he gets medium to large hairballs on both sides of his neck. They are very close to his skin, and I am araid to try and cut them out, as he might jerk his head and get injured. Please send a suggestion to the problem. I have tried to comb them out, but they are too close to the skin and are in too tight. HELP!

Cindy    Tulsa, OK

3/3/2011 9:36:02 AM

I adopted a White Longhair Cat with one gold and one blue eye. She can not hear a thing, but her eye sight and her sense of smell is incredible. Her coat is very matted and I don't want her to suffer, any suggestions from my fellow cat lovers. I adopted her because the family did not want her any more, and being a human that has felt like that most of my life I can not let someone put a health beautiful animal to sleep just because they don't want it. Please send me any ideas so I can get looking pretty again.

Rico    Atlanta, GA

12/15/2010 12:22:00 PM

Great website! I hate cats! :)

Roxanne    Los Gatos, CA

10/14/2010 11:32:44 AM

My long haired Persian mix has the hair knots close to her skin. I brush as often as she will allow. I take her to the groomer but her hair growns so fast it is hard to keep up. The groomer also has to cut the hair between her toes (declawed) because the hair acts as a surfboard for her . How can I get her to keep still long enough for me to untangle the knots?

allie    rochester, NY

7/29/2010 6:07:24 AM

at cat shows, the long hair kitties are groomed to perfection, wow, just dont know how they do it

rima    canada, QC

1/13/2010 5:13:00 PM


Sheila    El Paso, TX

10/25/2009 8:29:20 PM

yea, my 4 long haired girls love to be brushed. My sister & i brush them daily.

jessica    yc, CA

10/25/2009 6:53:58 PM

so good to know.. big guy has some long tail hair!

SK    NH, CT

10/25/2009 5:56:30 PM

my cats love to be brushed

Shirley    Tucson, AZ

10/25/2009 2:26:46 PM

I try to comb my long haired baby at least once a week.

Robert    Little Rock, AR

10/25/2009 9:44:03 AM

Gosh that really helped for my cat.

Anon    City, CA

10/25/2009 5:48:44 AM

I am glad my Maine Coon is an easy keeper!

Emily    Montpelier, VT

10/25/2009 2:18:20 AM

I found out (not verified, other than through her traits) that my cat is at least part Norwegian Forest Cat. She's in the process of getting more of her "winter fur". She doesn't mat easily, although she LOVES to be brushed everyday. We set up a routine with her when she first came home and now, almost 2 years later, she looks forward to her daily grooming session. Thanks for the tip, I would have also added that routine is important to cats as much as it is anyone else!

Katie    Lake Odessa, MI

10/25/2009 1:49:21 AM

This is a good article with great information.

Bertie    Portland, OR

10/25/2009 1:14:15 AM

We have 2 long haired boys out of 8 kitties. We make sure they are both brushed at least 2 times a week. Its not always easy!

Jackie    Hidden Valley, CA

10/25/2009 12:48:14 AM

poor cats.

Nina    Memphis, TN

10/24/2009 10:54:50 PM

Good info

Sally    Ann Arbor, MI

10/24/2009 10:45:59 PM

No opinion. My cat is a short hair, but long hair seems like work!

Agnes    Albany, NY

10/24/2009 7:57:31 PM

good article.

momo    anaheim, CA

10/24/2009 11:57:45 AM

good info

D    Newtown, CT

10/24/2009 6:48:58 AM

Good info

Linda    Sacramento, CA

10/23/2009 8:47:33 PM

Good artickle.

Deb    Pittsburgh, PA

10/23/2009 5:17:10 PM

Besides brushing I also use a anti-shedding spray.

karen    cheektowaga, NY

10/23/2009 12:33:25 PM

I have 4 long hair kitties. One Ragdoll and three persions, by far my Ragdoll is the easiest to groom. I keep everyone clipped down to help me deal with all the fuzzie furrballs in the house.

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

10/23/2009 5:14:43 AM

I have had long haired cats in the past. None of my four kitties are long haired at this point. You do have to brush them every day. Even my short hairs, I keep a comb by my chair and whenever someone comes over to be petted, they get combed.

S    3 Oaks, MI

7/15/2009 6:51:21 PM

I have a Maine Coon, & he's beautiful, but the coat is a lot of work to take care of or it gets matted. Prevention is best. No more long-haired cats for me!

Gina    Rochester, NY

7/15/2009 6:48:13 PM

very interesting.

Lori    Apple Valley, MN

7/15/2009 9:15:32 AM

I have 4 cats 3 of which are longhaired, 2 Ragdolls and 1 Norwegian Forest.They all have different times they like to be combed, in the morning while I get ready for work the others after I get out of the shower.I think they all enjoy the extra attention every day.

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

7/15/2009 5:36:51 AM

I have had long haired cats before and you MUST brush them as often as possible.

Ruby    Bethesda, MD

7/15/2009 5:27:07 AM

this is all new to me, the info. is great!

susan    pearland, TX

5/17/2009 2:35:15 PM

i am keeping my son's cats while he's in the army so this is new to me. they are long haired and look scruffy.

marie    Middletown, NJ

4/27/2009 5:36:08 PM

My long haird cat hates o be brushed...and she's getting so matted, should I bring her to the vet to get shaved

Linda    Mandeville, LA

3/30/2009 1:00:30 AM

I just had to have my Persian shaved into a Lion Cut. I would like to know where I could get a steel comb. Please email me. Thank you.

Tamara    Bloomington, MN

3/17/2009 10:41:31 AM

My 2 year old Maine Coon male, Jeremiah Winklebean, has the most awful stud tail odor! We've started calling him "skunky butt!" Any ideas on how to control this problem? I brush him daily and rest of his coat is just glorious and fluffy, but the oil pits are matted terribly. Help!

Lisa    Athens, GA

2/27/2009 5:06:50 PM

As I found out to my sorrow this week,long hair can hide dangerous health conditions, even if you constantly groom and pet your cat. My cat's 2 fibrosarcomas grew along the contours of her hips and leg, and it wasn't until my vet had me feel BOTH SIDES of her body AT THE SAME TIME for symmetry, that I noticed the great mis-shapenness on each side. For your own cat's and your sake, I would urge you to examine your cat this way on a regular basis.

Linda    Mandeville, LA

2/16/2009 6:21:11 PM

I would like to know where to get a good steel comb for my Persian cat. Right now he is so matted cause he hates to be groomed. I am going to have to have him put under and shaved. I am thinking of getting a lion cut so at least he will have a bit of style to him.

kathy    jenison, MI

2/5/2009 2:18:02 PM

when i comb my persian we get on the dryer w/a towel and talk and sing. soft brush is used for bellie which we go there gently but he likes it. he has auto immune disease so he doesn't have much fur there. now everytime i go downstairs, he beats me down there, jumps on the dryer,meows and holds his paw up. It just takes time and patience

Shannon    Danville, IL

1/22/2009 9:37:08 PM

Thanks for the article! My Persian doesn't like the brush on her stomach area.

Betty    Rockford, IL

1/22/2009 8:37:22 PM

We have a himalayin & we brush him most everyday. We also cut his fur to help along. Hes wonderfully loving too.

Gina    Rochester, NY

1/22/2009 6:09:41 PM

Good tips

Laurie    pajfnf, MS

1/22/2009 5:26:26 PM

I have a Maine Coon with super long hair..He always looks so messy even when he is combed out!

candi ce    dxkjcxj, MI

1/22/2009 3:53:53 PM

great info

Nash    Danvers, MA

1/22/2009 2:56:01 PM

Good advice. I love Persian Cats and I want one very badly.

Eileen    Roanoke, VA

1/22/2009 10:22:25 AM

I need to work harder at grooming more often

Rollie (the Turkish Angora)    Bristow, VA

1/22/2009 7:33:44 AM

That's me! I hate being brushed though.

D    Indy, IN

1/22/2009 7:13:30 AM

I wouldn't mind having a Ragdoll.

Marielle    Mississauga, ON

1/22/2009 6:40:41 AM

My Maine coon races me to the bathroom every morning and flops down on a towel to be brushed. Most days, after I've brushed her back a bit, she rolls over for me to brush her belly. You have to be very gentle or you'll hurt them, especially pulling hair on the belly, and then they won't like being brushed anymore. Good luck to all.

D    Newtown, CT

1/22/2009 6:11:57 AM

Thank you for the info.

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

1/22/2009 4:51:26 AM

Good article. Lnng hairs do need groomed daily.

Cynthia    Rome, NY

1/11/2009 12:32:34 PM

Frequent combing is a must. I learned this when I goy my himmy. Good article!

ML    Montoursville, PA

11/24/2008 5:00:56 PM

Never underestimate the value of a treat to get them to sit still for brushing.

Hillary    Ontario, CA

11/21/2008 11:24:38 AM

The furminator works the very best on long hair

Sally Jane    Burlington, VT

11/17/2008 4:55:25 AM

Mats on Cats..I started at a young age just gently pulling on my Maine Coons hair.He lets me separate the mats to a point. Brushing becomes a game of chase and play.Be gentle and persistant. For the big mats I bought a small shaver for mustache grooming and this works well. I have tried cutting with scissors.I have tried cutting them with the small letter opener that has a plastic point that extends past the razor. The both of them work well as long as the cat does not move. I have cut them using both. My brush has two sides to it one that is like a hair brush and one that has longer more separated bristles.I use both on my Maine coon. It really is all in the approach and how much your cat trusts you. Good luck!

Elizabeth    N. Lauderdale, FL

10/16/2008 7:45:43 PM

Good article, would like to have read more on cat grooming in relation to hairballs.

Sandi    Oregon City, OR

10/10/2008 12:56:48 PM

I have a Turkish Angora, and she doesn't mat at all, but I find that if I brush her, she maintains a healthy, glossy coat. She hates brushes, and for a long time, would only let me brush her with my hairbrush (Turkish Angora's emotionally connect with their humans. Finally, I was at WalGreens one day, and found a little kind of flat scalp massager that fits right in the palm of the hand, and wondered if she might accept that. I bought it, brought it home, and tried it. Not only did she accept it, but started rubbing on it herself. It fits on or in the hand, so it's like petting them, but with the effect of brushing. Anyone can afford them, also, as at my WalGreens, they were only 2 for $1.00, so I got one for my cat and one for my dog. They love them.

Pierre    Chateauguay, QC

9/8/2008 5:38:34 AM

I agree with many comments below, easier said than done. I have a long haired and a short haired cat. Both get brushed several times a week. I started slowly by doing their chins (cats love this) and gradually extended my brushing to other parts of their bodies. They both don't like it when I approach their hide quarters. They both do not like it when I tug, it does hurt them (their skin is very thin). I found it easier to start brushing lightly and slowly work my way deeper into the fur. I always talk gently to them and reward with a treat afterwards. I'd like to know how to get matts out besides having to get the cat shaved! My long haired cat will eventually get matts and I don't like the fact that he is sedated when shaved. Any suggestions?

Sylvia H.    Fresno, CA

7/8/2008 6:39:50 PM

It's not very informative on what to do if your cat has large mats in his fur (as mine does). What do I do about it?

Scarlett    Overland Park, KS

6/10/2008 9:13:10 AM

Good Article!

Teena    Big Bend, WI

5/30/2008 3:18:08 PM

my cat wont let me brush him! what do i do?


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Scarlett    Overland Park, KS

5/2/2008 10:43:16 AM

VERY helpful! I just rescued a longhaired cat and she has HORRIFIC matting. It was terrible, she was so uncomfortable and just in all around bad shape. I attempted to clean her up myself w/ no success. Ended up taking her to a professional groomer who shaved her. She is feeling GREAT!

brad    canada, ON

3/6/2008 4:23:47 AM

Good article!

Leo    San Francisco, CA

3/4/2008 6:25:20 AM


Lenora    Fitchburg, MA

2/19/2008 5:20:45 PM

My aunt has this beautiful Persian, with the longest fur that is mat free and silky. And how does the Persian, named Shoey, keep that way? By herself. Shoey grooms herself and is never brushed. Once me aunt did brush her, and the next day she was covered in mats and full of dust and dirt. She was never been brushed since. Not all cats need brushing daily, and Shoey is a good example.

Ashley    Duluth, MN

1/19/2008 12:53:49 PM

I have noticed with my cat, who is a long-hair, that if we don't brush her at least once a week she starts to shed really bad and the fur ends up setting the smoke detector off.

Linda    Coventry, CT

11/24/2007 7:31:10 AM

I have to brush our Maine Coon for a short time over many sittings. He does not allow brushing of his belly.

Amanda    Winter Haven, FL

11/21/2007 12:28:32 PM

Thanks for the article.

Margaret    Hanover Park, IL

11/13/2007 10:54:10 AM

This was a good article but the thruth about Ragdolls is that they do get mats in their coats. So you really need to comb them at least twice a week.

Kevin    Austin, TX

9/20/2007 8:28:31 PM

This is of no help whatsoever. How about some detailed instruction on how to groom your cat.

Judith    Philadelphia, PA

9/20/2007 5:51:58 AM

My cat Oliver is half Persian and I combed him a few times a week and his coat was gorgeous. I purchased the "Furminator" which worked well but I think I did too much because now he's all matted. Be careful if you use this on long hair cats and if anyone has had this experience, please comment. Also, I've been advised to have him shaved and I'd rather not. Any comments on shaving and how does it grow back? I'm new at cat ownership and am simply in love! :)

Annette    Reno, NV

9/7/2007 8:35:33 AM

Persians have very thin skin so unless you are really good with the clipper have a professional shave your cat to avoid skin cuts. I also use a seam ripper to get out small mats. If you can go to a cat show you can get excellent combs from vendors and advice from exhibitors on grooming.


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Jeff    Tewksbury, MA

8/25/2007 1:30:38 PM

I have a Maine Coon whose fur is a mess with terrible mats. He bites and scratches me when I try to comb him. The electric razor intrigues me -- maybe, that will work. Do you recommend a particular razor? I am sure that the mats hurt him pulling on his skin.

Lori    Northborough, MA

8/21/2007 8:18:15 AM

There are so many types of combs out there. Which are best for long haired cats?

bitsy    ft lauderdale, FL

8/19/2007 1:33:31 PM

- i like the electric razor comment, ricky won't sit still for me to comb out mats. so i used the e.razor, gave him a bath and a little conditioner, not mats since.

Amber    Peru, IN

8/7/2007 10:15:26 AM

Every time I comb my cat I find fleas in the comb. And just when I think I got them all, they come back.

Clare    Pittsburgh, PA

7/8/2007 10:44:08 PM

Start grooming when your kitten is still young! I did not brush my cat enough as a kitten, and now she will not tolerate brushings. With long fur, this can be a problem with shedding.

Beth    G'ville, PA

6/13/2007 3:24:58 PM

I thought it was helpful but could have gone into more detail about washing a cat.

linda    tunica, MS

6/6/2007 5:40:19 AM

what do you do, if the longhair cat rejects the combing under her belly? she tries to bite me every time. i think she would have to be sedated to be fully brushed.

karen    manchester, AP

5/8/2007 5:57:52 AM


could anyone please shed some light as to why my long haired cat has recently stopped cleaning himself around his behind and back legs? He is 8 years old and has always been clean.


Janet    Montrose, CO

3/20/2007 3:04:21 PM

I didn't find this useful at all. I needed step-by-step instructions about grooming long haired cats and how to deal with mats, not a list of cats that have long hair.

Denise    Glenolden, PA

3/1/2007 9:00:23 PM

I have a Himalayan with very long hair (really long hair). He will be 17 years old in August and still is very young & playful. I was wondering is there anything to stop static electricity in his fur that wouldn't hurt him when he cleans himself?

emily    green bay, WI

9/27/2006 5:45:02 AM

when grooming your cat, use a electric razor to get those tricky mats out to prevent cutting your cat


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