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teresah

Matted Cats

This may be of use to owners of raggies who mat up very quickly, it is a small hooked type comb which is able to cut through very big mats with little effort.  We are able to buy them from our local cash and carry for £4, they are manufacturer by Mikki and the comb is called a "Matt Master"  the wrapping has a photo of a bearded collie and raggie on it.
The comb is available in 2 types one for fine/medium coats and the other is for harsh/long haired coats.

I would suggest the use of the fine/medium hair comb.
regards Teresa
margaret

Hi Teresa

I will probably get one of those. I have a mikki rake which my vet recommended and my furminator (which you cannot use on matts).

This winter I have had some very 'woolly' coats on my cats that I would not normally have and they have been knotting like mad.

Margaret
timandrajane

For my Sam's small under-arm matts during winter I use a sewing tool - the seam ripper or Quick Unpick.



Since its cutting area is only in the bottom of the V it's great for working into the matt and cutting only a little hair at a time and none of the skin.  Sam seems not to mind it. Smile
teresah

Just a thought- I have had a couple of phone calls regarding the de matter comb which I mentioned on the forum the other day which  I am able to buy from our local cash and carry store.

If any one wants any grooming products – ear cleaning wipes, eye cleaning wipes, shampoo, combs, brushes, including the de matter comb  etc etc  please let me know and I will get you the prices for the above items, it may well save you  some pennies to spend on other goodies (for yourselves)
margaret

Hi

Teresa, I would love a matt master when you are next doing your shopping.

Jane, I have a quick-unpick in my sewing box. I have heard of it being used on cats before but I am a clumsy person and can see myself with injuries if I used it on my cats! I will end up stabbing myself in the eye or something.

Margaret
Deborah

Hi Teresa,

Thank you for this info...... I have three Raggies with a thick wooly coat & they soon get matted! (Poor Freckles looks a little like a Bergamasco dog at the mo, lol)!!! I have just nipped into my local Pets at Home to see if they have the Mikki Matt Master, they only had the Mikki Matt Breaker so I bought that (£15  Shocked ). I have just got home all excited to use it to see if it works but I must say I am a little too frightened, have you seen the size of those blades???  Shocked Is it likely to cut their skin? Has any one use this tool?
timandrajane

margaret wrote:
Jane, I have a quick-unpick in my sewing box. I have heard of it being used on cats before but I am a clumsy person and can see myself with injuries if I used it on my cats! I will end up stabbing myself in the eye or something.


Erk.  We don't want any disasters!  Shocked

But if they're in a mellow sort of mood and laying down some where it's quite easy to do a little at a time.  Myself, I have to lean back and balance Sam on my chest, hold his paw up in the air, and then work on the knot with the Quick Unpick.  I shall take a video for your entertainment when the winter knots arrive.

Very Happy
margaret

Hi Jane

Can't wait to see it. This winter has been a devil for matting and woolly coats for me. Very cold weather, heating on all the time. I am going through the slow process of stripping the cats now the spring is here. Can feel nice, silky fur coming through.

Yes, Jane, you have not seen me in action. I can trip up over thin air, usually in a crowded place and regularly do.

Margaret
teresah

Hi Jane, I have one those dressmaking "unpickers" in my sewing box, but I would not use it on the cats- I would have to have nerves of steel - I would be frightened that the cat would get stabbed!  The end is very sharp just like a needle- please can you explain how to manage to use it - I am open to anything that would help eliminate the mats with the least amount of tugging and fuss! Smile
teresah

Hi Deborah, I've not used the large mat buster, but the one I have is curved so when the edge of the blade touches the skin, no damage can occur.  If I remember I will bring it to the next show in your area ( this weekend) and show you the comb!  Gosh can not believe the mark up on the one you bought either!!

Margaret, happy to get you a comb, but it will be a few weeks before I pay a visit to the cash and carry - Laughing  Laughing
Margaret McGurk

There's the Mikki Matt Splitter - £2-odd, a hooked tool.

I have also used the seam ripper with success.  It's a matter of keeping your fingers between the tool and the cat's skin and working slowly.

I've a couple of boys with huge wooly coats.

Margaret McGurk
www.rubicatz.co.uk
jillb

I am so pleased to see that its not just me with coats that are all matted I was blaming my broken arm for not keeping on top of my cats grooming but now I can say that everyones is the same, thanks guys!!! lol  My boy Dante was so matted I have had to shave him so he now looks a cross between a poodle and a sphinx very peculiar and hes not too happy about it either I can tell you.

Margaret, I find that using the furminator on top of the matt and not catching the underneath bit help to actually get the mat out it seems to thin it out quite a lot so you can see what you are doing better, but you have obviously got to be careful not to pull to hard.

If anyone wants to see my new breed of cat, sphinxipoo! just let me know!!! Laughing  Laughing
Margaret McGurk

Hi Jill

We've had a shaving incident with one of the boys, just back legs and tum.  I'm making sure the woolliest coats are having a steel comb through them every day now.

I haven't tried a furminator - yet - but read good things about them.

I can imagine how a broken arm would have played havoc with the grooming routine.  I have arthritis in my finger joints and it can be hard to hold on to some of the bigger wrigglers, some days, to get the grooming done.

Margaret McGurk
www.rubicatz.co.uk
Deborah

I've just recently bought a pet shaver to use on my two neuter girls that live out with my boys (both my boys spray terribly and the girls seem to lie in it and get all dirty and matty not to mention very, very smelly   Evil or Very Mad ). I was a little warry at first using this shaver but soon got the hang of it........ I now have one bald cat  Laughing  Well not completely bald..... she still has her gorgeous ruff and thick fluffy tail!!!
adoringragdollcats

I use a Mikki too Teresah along with  scissors to get rid of matts and have bought a Furminator which looks a bit like a flea comb but with a chunky head and handle (sounds the same as the matt master). It takes out all the lose hair and is great to use in the spring and autumn. It takes the undercoat out and you get mountains of hair from using it, which cuts down on furry furniture and has definatly cut down my matting problem along with more regular grooming in the winter. I don't use it on any cats i'm going to show though as it strips out too much fur, but its excellent for the cats that stay at home.  Laughing

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