I was visiting a friend this Friday and saw her two cats. I couldn't believe the matting on the back of this one cat. It was the same way last year as I remember going home to get my clippers and cut it off. Last year after I clipped it was fine until this summer.
My question is what causes this? My friend is taking her to the vet this week so all will be fine.
I have also seen this on my son's cat on his back years ago.
Cats can matt up just like dogs can. Long haired cats need to be brushed regularly to keep them tangle free. If the cat is shedding a lot of hair since it's summer, it will matt up easier. Tell your friend to start brushing their cat
Grooming is essential for long haired cats. If the mattes get too bad it can cause terrible skin conditions, infections, and in one case I saw, the poor old cat had maggots underneath the whole mess. It's easy to prevent, and most cats love being brushed, I start brushing my little Himalayans when they're small, to get them used to it.
We have a new family member 'Rowan'. She is a persian calico and she so needed a home, so here she is. She has matting on her back and I plan on cutting it off but I think she would be more comfortable with Pet-Ease (from this site). My only concern is the wheat gluten in the product. Is it safe? I need to take care of her ASAP, I know she is miserable and I do not want it to worsen. Thanks! the Mist