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October 29, 2008 2:46 PM Subscribe
My cat's fur is suddenly getting matted. Why, and what can I do about it?
posted by mudpuppie to Pets & Animals (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My little freak of a cat is developing mats in the fur on her hind legs, and more on her right side than her left. She's a 10-year-old short-haired orange tabby, by the way, and is 100% indoors. Her winter coat is developing, as it does every year, but this has never happened before. I'm brushing her daily, but it's not doing anything for the mats. I've been trying to loosen them, but she gets really squirmy after 10 seconds of that.
Her diet hasn't changed recently, nor has her overall health. She is not overweight.
She used to be a fanatical groomer. I've started paying attention to her grooming habits lately, and have really only seen her groom her front half. (Then again, she could be doing it when I'm not looking.)
Any theories on why she's getting matted all of the sudden? Is this something that will work itself out as winter comes on? Any tips for getting rid of the mats, or should I just wait it out? I thought about smearing some butter on her hindquarters in an attempt to get her grooming, but that might just freak her out.