I did something similar with Xena our 25-year-old cat that was matted. She didn't like that to much, I think the comb pulled on some mats that were close to the skin, so I would use my fingers to gently hold the mat and protect her skin as I cut. Using nice sharp scissors made all the difference as dull ones tend to pull more and for an already sore area that's just not a good feeling.I used to take my elderly cat to the groomer when he got matted. My guy actually enjoyed the pampering. I now have a younger cat (12 years old) who is starting to get some mats and he hates the groomer. I have found the only way to get them out is to slide his comb underneath the mat to protect the skin, then cut the mat off right along the comb line, if that makes any sense. And I use manicure scissors to cut with because they have a slight curve upwards so I feel he's more protected in case he squirms. I haven't cut him yet , thank goodness. It's a slow process be cause he doesn't sit still for long, so for large mats it may take me several days to get it all.
I've heard olive oil works wonders. Google using olive oil on cat mats. If you use a syringe and put it on close to the skin it works!My 20 year old cat has mats on her back. She won't let me brush them out--she bit me. She seems very healthy but I really don't want to take her to the vet. Any ideas?
I googled that for the last huge one on my guy. Almost did it, but really didn't want to get olive oil all over the rugs, couch, comforter, etc. That's the only drawback with using it, since it can take a couple days to work. But I've heard it actually works very well. Cannot attest to it personally though.I've heard olive oil works wonders. Google using olive oil on cat mats. If you use a syringe and put it on close to the skin it works!