|Many cats get them – those unsightly, stubborn mats of fur on the back or belly, which are often hard for the cat to reach and groom. The best course is prevention, which means brushing your cat regularly with a brush that’s appropriate for the length and type of its fur. For cats with long, thick fur, a wire-pin brush is usually recommended; for medium-length coats, a bristle brush works well; and for shorter coats (yes, they get matted, too), you can use a soft brush.
If your cat gets mats despite your diligent care, try a slicker brush, which is made to remove mats; a fine-toothed stainless steel comb; or a specialist dematting rake tool.
Kelly Pulley is a pet writer. She lives in the Boston area with three pit bulls and one neurotic cat.
September 22nd, 2011