The idea of Baby Oil to rid my cat of matted fur worked great! Chyli, a jet black himmy, had numerous clumps hanging from him like saddle bags on a horse! This episode was the second of this. The first time this happened to him, we had our vet shave him. She could find no health reasons for the clumping, other than his age (16 years), and may not be as nimble when it comes to him cleaning himself due to his age. Not wanting to shave the poor guy again, I tried the baby oil and the mats fell off on their own. His fur grew back to its normal long silky texture quickly and he has not had any clumping in the last 8 months.
(Gulf Coast, Mississippi)
I tried this method on my cat, Blondie. Unfortunately, it was not effective, and we have quite an oily mess to clean up. I'll be bringing her to our vet so he can remove the mats. :( Had hoped to avoid shaving her -- you know how self-conscious our cats are about their appearance.
I read your brief article and the few comments on using baby oil to remove matted fur knots from dogs and cats. I'm delighted to find an alternative to shaving my cat's fur. 1. Where can I find the original article commenters referred to? How much do you use - any directions for applying? 2. How do you keep from getting the oil all over your house while doing this cure? 3. Would pure mineral oil would work just like baby oil (isn't baby oil just mineral oil with fragrance added)? Big thanks, Linda (and "Blondie")
(Sackville, Ns, Canada)
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Regarding BABY OIL FOR CLUMPED HAIR, this method is a miracle. My Himmy Chily was a matted mess! He's 17 years old. All efforts failed to remove his clumps. Until the Baby Oil came along. It's true. On the second day there were clumps all over the carpet. Chily was acting more of his spry self. It took two more applications, but he enjoyed each one more than I thought he would. His fur is quickly returning to it's former grace and he is most happy for it!
My Himalayan cat Sophie was so unahppy with so many mats. When I read and tried your suggestion of baby oil - we were all very relieved. The only challenge we faced was getting her to hold still wrapped inside a large towel. Needless to say, Sophie wound up with baby oil all over her. You advice was true! within several days a couple of the mats did fall our. The huge ones did need an extra application to work. My mom, who is skeptical about everything, was amazed at the success. In any case, after about a month of looking pretty unhappy and a bit oily, she was as proud as every about her new look. For the first time in the three years we have had her (she was a pre-owned cat, she now allows us to pet and groom her. Thanks for making Sophie and her family so happy.
My cat had two large hair mats and no matter what my husband I did to remove them our cat just would not let us near them. We tried the baby oil on one of them and much to our amazement it was off in two days. So then we put some baby oil on the other one and also in two days it was gone. We cannot express how happy we are and also our cat is even happier. Thank you so much.We really did do alot of fretting about his mats and never realized the problem would be so easy to get rid of. Again thank you so much.
My long haired calico developed matted fur in a section on her back near her tail, i tried everything, brushing, buying expensive so called detangler from the pet store... NOTHING worked. i read this about the baby oil and the results are amazing.. within 2 days, a mat on her back the size of a half dollar completely loosened from her skin where it was once attached, and now, the 3rd day, it is barely hanging on!! i was skeptical at first because i didnt want to make her sick because i knew she would lick that spot after the baby oil was applied.. but she was fine! thanks for the advice!!
Baby Oil is the ultimate best cure for clumped hair on dogs or cats. I had a cat that would not let you touch her she was so completely miserable from this matted up hair that was the size of my hand it was pulling on her skin and making her uncomfortable and very mean. no scissors no electric anything just get baby oil and squirt it on the matted fur generously and the animal does nothing the baby oil loosens the hair off the skin and the clump in 4 days just drops right off. baby oil didn't make any of the cats or dogs I have encountered sick they were so relieved and comfortable it didn't matter to them that now there is a bare spot where the fur was i mean it drops and loosens immediately within 4 days or less there will be no more matts but very happy cats. you may want to test an area just incase your pet is allergic to something somehow. it is amazing. some animals may be embarrassed if there all matts and they become but naked. I never had a complaint yet. thanks please let me know what you think.
cat matts: I found that baby powder works pretty good and maybe some conditioner put that in the matt to loosen it and bath your cat after your done.
I was so happy to find this site with the perfect remedy to my 2 year old Maine Coon's ever growing Matt problem.... Between back legs and 'arm pits'. Had him shaved about a year ago, did not have to be anesthetized then, but this time had reluctantly scheduled to have him shaved, but anesthesized. I then looked for alternatives and found YOU....did the preliminary clipping with new blunt nosed grooming scissors purchased from Amazon. I then used a dropped filled with olive oil and rubbed into Matt with fingers. Some matts took a couple applications..lout soon, all were gone! Now, it is fall again, and hair is growing longer and new matts started forming....but I tweeted the matts with a tooth brush, with Benji lying on my lap, belly up.
Then I got the bright idea after trimming Matt as much as possible, to just moisten mt fingers with a little soft butter....voila...the matts disappeared within one day! ( and I think less messy than any oils, plus the kitty must've enjoyed his buttery job, licking his fur! ). Good luck to everyone who tries BUTTER, I think it's the perfect solution to Matt removal.....that no groomer would ever tell yu about!
My 14 year old cat is a medium coat and has mats on one hip and a stubborn one on his back side. Combing them out was impossible. So I just took a tablespoon of coconut oil in my hand and gently rubbed the mats and the skin area where I could. I didn't hold out much hope. The next day they were gone. A few fell off. The others, he licked them smooth. I worked the one on his back side tonight. It may take a few tries because it's a sensitive spot for him. We are both very happy!
I followed the suggestion to use coconut oil. My Norwegian Forest long-haired cat had several serious matted knots under her tail - I tried for months to comb/brush them out and the tugging caused her pain so I stopped trying. I read the advice on your site and ordered organic coconut oil. Diluted it with water in a small spray bottle. Sprayed some on her knots. Her fur was a little greasy, but after a couple days I removed ALL THE KNOTS with my de-matting comb (that I'd bought years ago from Foster & Smith) with much less tugging and discomfort to Sweety. She stayed a little greasy for about a week, but I continued to comb that area of her fur and she's back to normal now. Most wonderfully, she's knot free - also, she seemed to like licking the coconut oil!
For all you cat and dog owners dealing with matted hair - I have been using coconut oil in a aerosol can and spraying the knots no where near has messy and works good.
My 14 year old cat BooBoo, has very long hair. His hips were the worst for thick matts. I brush him every day but he growls and even nips at me if I get near his back end. I didn't have baby oil but I do have coconut oil. I used a syringe and squirted the oil as close to the skin, under his matts, that I could. Lo and behold when I woke this morning, the big clunk had come loose! I was really surprised! I used a paper towel to get any excess oil off him. He had finally licked and cleaned himself. His skin was very dry. I use coconut oil to cook with and now I will use it for my animals as well. Its also good for rashes, so after using clippers, it may help kitty's skin.
Oh my word! I just tried the cornstarch treatment on my cats' matted fur. It worked amazingly well! I just kept gently massaging it in while she was munching treats and the fur literally fell off in my hands! Miracle cure! Just have a small bowl of it near you so you can keep reapplying it as needed, and be forewarned that it is slightly messy but it WORKS! The cat is happy too!