Mats and tangles are common problems that pet owners have to deal with at one time or another, especially if they have a long-haired cat. Some cats also love rolling around in anything that will stick to their paws and hair coat.
Matting in cats may indicate an underlying injury. Before starting any form of treatment, check the area for any signs of swelling or traces of blood. If there is tissue injury or your cat shows any signs of pain or discomfort, you should have your pet checked out by your vet.
But if the mat is just clumped hair, apply a cat hair coat conditioner to the area and gently massage it in. This can help untangle the mat so you can comb it out. You can also use a pair of clippers to cut the mat out, just be careful that you don’t cut the skin because it can pave the way for other problems. Call your vet for more information.