See Cats files
If you have a feline at home, you will know how important it is for him to groom his body and especially his coat, an activity in which cats spend a lot of time throughout the day. The results are noticeable: surely your cat is always clean, and its fur is soft to the touch.
There are short-haired cats and long-haired cats, and for both types, grooming is extremely important. However, the difference in the coat makes this job more difficult for some than for others. Long-haired breeds, such as the Persian or Himalayan, sometimes need a little human help to undo the knots that form in the fur.
That is why in Animal Expert we want to show you how remove knots in long-haired cats, so that you have the necessary tools and knowledge to help your feline in its bath routine.You may also be interested in: How to remove knots from the Persian cat
Why remove knots from cat fur?
Combing the cat to remove excess hair spread on furniture and other areas of the house is an activity that is probably common for you, so removing knots from the cat's fur will not be a complicated task.
You may wonder why you should eliminate or prevent the formation of knots in your cat's coat, and it is that these are not only unsightly, but also could cause a skin injury when the cat jerks while washing to try to undo the knot by itself, even irritating the skin. That is why it is so important to be attentive to the condition of the cat's coat..
Where do the knots form?
A non-short-haired cat may have knots anywhere on its body, although some hard-to-reach areas for the animal when grooming they are more prone to hair tangling. These are:
- Behind the ears
- Behind the thighs
How to prevent knot formation?
Before having to resort to eliminating annoying knots formed in the cat's fur, it is best that you learn to prevent them. Knots sometimes form even in semi-long hair, so your furry friend's hygiene routine becomes insufficient. Now, if you want to prevent hair from tangling, try the following:
- If your cat is from long hair, you must brush it every day for 5 minutes. Don't worry, doing it is very easy and it will end up becoming a mime for him. Use a metal toothbrush and then a round tipped metal comb.
- If your cat is from semi-long or short hair, brush 1 to 3 times a week with a rubber comb.
Whether long or short, when you brush the hair you must going through the thickness of the same, to avoid that internal knots are formed. Lift the upper layer of hair and brush the lower one, taking care not to hurt the cat's fur. At the end, offer a prize to the pussycat for good behavior. It is important that establish hairstyle routine since he is a puppy, so that the cat gets used to it.
How to remove knots?
If the knots have already formed, you will have to apply yourself to the task of undoing them to prevent the cat from hurting itself.
Follow these steps:
- Try to open the knot with your fingers taking care not to hurt the cat, to separate it as much as you can. You can soften the knot with a conditioner. Apply it and wait for it to dry to start detangling.
- Try untangle the knot with a tooth comb very close together, without pulling the fur. Start at the tips and work your way up.
- Enter blunt-tipped scissors carefully between the knot and the skin to be able to cut it.
- Cut the knots that you can, always with the tip of the scissors facing outwards. If there are too many, remove them in several sessions.
- Brush all fur correctly.
As you go through this routine, you must remember:
- Never pull hair, you will only hurt the cat and will not allow you to comb it again.
- Don't force the situation. If after a couple of knots the animal gets tired, let it go and continue the next day.
- Have a lot be careful when you use scissors, you don't want any accident.
- Both the prevention routine and the elimination routine, it is better to perform on the dry fur.
- In extreme cases, it may be necessary to monkfish the animal's hair due to the large number of knots. Leave this job to the hairdressing professionals.