How to Brush Matted Fur

Thứ bảy - 27/04/2024 01:13
Matted fur can be really uncomfortable for an animal. The tangles pull on the animal's skin, which can lead to irritation and even infections. Luckily, in some cases, you may be able to remove the mat yourself. Try gently combing through...
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Matted fur can be really uncomfortable for an animal. The tangles pull on the animal’s skin, which can lead to irritation and even infections. Luckily, in some cases, you may be able to remove the mat yourself. Try gently combing through the mat, using a detangler if necessary. If that doesn’t work, you may need to carefully cut the mat away. Of course, if you have any hesitation or concerns, bring the animal to a veterinarian or a professional groomer to get it checked out!

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Assessing the Mat

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Combing Mats and Tangles

  1. Step 3 Break apart larger mats with a comb, working from the outside in.
    [9] If you come across a mat that you can’t detangle by hand, you’ll likely need to break it up with a wide-toothed metal comb. A brush is not as effective at removing mats, because it won’t penetrate the fur as deeply. Grip the mat securely with one hand, as close to the skin as you can get. Then, try to pick apart the mat with the widest end of your comb, using short, gentle strokes. Start at the end of the mat furthest from the animal’s skin and work your way inward.[10]
    • Do not yank on the mat, as this is likely to upset the animal. Also, avoid raking the comb directly across the animal’s skin, as this could cause irritation over time.
    • This part of the process takes time and patience. Work in small sections, and if the animal starts getting frustrated, take a break. If it creates a negative association with the grooming process, you’ll have a harder time keeping the mats from coming back.
    • If you're detangling the fur on a treat-motivated animal like a dog, cat, or horse, offer it treats and plenty of soft, soothing praise if it's acting calm and relaxed.
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Cutting out Mats Safely

  1. Step 1 Use a razor comb to try to cut out the mat first.
    A razor comb, which may also be called a rake tool or a mat splitting tool, looks like a wide comb with long, sharp teeth.[15] Press your hand against the animal's skin to help reduce pulling. Then, work the teeth of the razor comb under the mat and gently pull down in the direction the hair grows. Don’t yank; just allow the tool to gently slice through the matted fur as far as it will go. It may take several passes to cut through the hair holding the mat in place.[16]
    • Doing this will remove smaller mats, but it may also help loosen the tension on larger mats, helping the animal be more comfortable as you continue.
    • You can find these tools at most pet supply stores. Choose a size that's best for your animal. For instance, you would want a smaller razor comb for cats and small dogs, and a larger tool for larger dogs.
    • This tool is very sharp, so always use caution when you’re using it. Also, be sure to always have the sharp ends pointing upward, away from the animal’s skin. Similarly, don't apply too much pressure on the tool, as it's easy to accidentally rake the skin and cause injury. Take special care around angled areas like the legs and tail.

    Warning: Never use scissors to cut away mats. It’s very easy to cut the animal if it moves suddenly.

  2. Step 2 Cut out large, stubborn mats with hair clippers.
    Use your hand to pull the animal's skin as flat and tight as you can around the mat. Then, turn on the clippers and lightly run them over the very surface of the mat, moving in the direction that the fur is growing. If you need to, you can make several passes, gently running the clippers over the surface of the mat each time. However, don’t clip all the way to the animal’s skin—just stop once you’ve removed the bulk of the mat.[17]
    • Before you try to use clippers, make sure the animal is stable and calm, and have someone else hold it still, if you can. Speak to the animal in a soothing voice to reassure it throughout the process, and stop if it gets agitated.
    • If you're grooming a cat, it may help to have someone gently hold it by the scruff of its neck. This can actually help calm a cat, since it's the way mother cats carry kittens when they're young.[18]
    • If the animal is so matted that it needs to be completely shaved, take it to a professional groomer. However, if your cat typically experiences a lot of stress during grooming, it may be best to take your cat to the vet, who can sedate your cat during the removal process. Not only will this make your cat more comfortable and stress-free, it will also prevent your cat from becoming more fearful of grooming in the future.
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  • Do not use scissors to cut mats out of an animal’s fur. You could accidentally cut it or yourself.
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  • If an animal seems scared or aggressive, take it to a professional. The animal may need to be sedated in order to safely remove the mats from its fur.
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Things You'll Need

Combing Mats and Tangles

  • Wide-tooth metal comb
  • Fine-tooth metal comb or brush
  • Detangler, corn starch, or coconut oil (optional)

Cutting out Mats Safely

  • Razor comb
  • Hair clippers (optional)
  • Cooling spray (optional)
  • Detangler (optional)

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