Knotted or matted fur is both disturbing and painful to a cat. Besides, it's unhealthy. The knot starts at the end of the hairs. The fur mats behind the knot, and the skin is pulled as the matted mess gets closer to the skin. Dandruff, bacteria and even pests will accumulate beneath the matting where the cat can't clean, and the cat may develop dry and irritated skin. Mats in the armpits and groin are particularly painful. A cat with mats in those areas may be reluctant to move because it hurts to walk, and she may snap when you touch her.
Long-haired cats which do not get regular grooming may get feces matted in the long hair of the back of the thighs which can create a mechanical barrier to the passage of feces.
Regular grooming of long haired cats is not only recommended to avoid tangled and matted fur and the skin problems but also is highly recommended in pregnant long-hair queens especially before the commencement of the parturition as kittens' umbilical cords may get entangled with the queen's tail hair.2
Get your cat used to daily grooming. Moisten the brush to help reduce static electricity that tends to make the fur clump and start to mat. Try to groom your cat after she has eaten as she will be more relaxed after her meal. Cut tiny slits in the tangle and then work on each piece. You can also use a mixture of T36-C5® Melaleuca Oil in 1 teaspoon jojoba oil to ease the matted fur a little.
- The Clinical Aspects of Some Diseases of Cats. Joan O. Joshua
- A clinical report of entangled neonates' umbilical cord with queen's fur in Persian cat. O Azari* and B Akhtardanesh. Asian Pac J Trop Biomed. 2011 Dec; 1(6): 502–504.