eldery cat has matted fur

by paul
(Southsea. U.K.)

i own an elderly short haired female tabby. during the past week the hair on the rear sides of her body seem to be matted. Cloe eats a diet recmmended two years ago by a vet after having a couple of teeth removed (dried food).Could this be caused by over grooming by Cloe. There is no evidence of fleas as she is treated with Frontline.


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Hi
If the fur is matted then this is caused by the cat not grooming her self properly so that dirt remains in the fur which then becomes sort of glued together with the dirt and oils from the skin.

Although matts are normally something long haired cats suffer from, short haired cats can also suffer occasionally if they are not able to reach certain parts of their body to groom. possibly due to cat-arthritis.html

Matts can be painful to remove and so if you are unable to brush them out for her, she will need to see either a vet of a professional groomer who have special tools to remove them. Please see my page about this here

http://www.our-happy-cat.com/cat-hair.html

best wishes kate

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