|Purred: Wed Jun 3, '09 10:18am PST |
|"Don't know why he gets these, he is a little over weight but the other two DSH cats don't get them"
Usually short haired cats do not get them, but if he does not groom himself well enough and his fur is at all oily, then that is why. My DSH Nikita began to get mats when she was elderly because she couldn't reach around as well to clean her back. Perhaps he is depessed over the loss of his owner, it could be the quality of his food, or if he is older and as you said, a bit over weight, then maybe he's just not caring for himself. Once the current mats are cleared up, regular brushing will help prevent them. A bath might not be a problem for a short haired cat, but for long haired cats like mine, it makes it worse. If I do not brush mine out and use a blowdrier after a bath, they would be a mess.
Also, I use an undercoat rake on mine. Works like a Furminator to reduce the loose hair but does not cost as much. There is also a tool called a matt breaker with safe little blades in it. Much safer than scissors.
Edited by author Wed Jun 3, '09 10:21am PST
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