Useful Anti-Matting Cat Hair Cuts A Style Guide for Grooming Your Cat and Removing Mats

Useful Anti-Matting Cat Hair Cuts

Not all cats are experts at grooming themselves, and some long-haired breeds may need help keeping all that fur looking nice. Here are some useful cat hair cuts that will have your kitty mat-free in no time.

Not all cats need professional grooming or clipping, but some situations can call for a cat hair cut, such as matting fur. When a cat has matted fur, a shave or hair cut is often the best solution.

Cats that are prone to matting may require professional grooming every few months to help keep their fur clean and healthy. Cats' fur can become matted if they are in their senior years, or lazy groomers who don't keep their fur clean. They can also struggle with mats if they are overweight, which makes it hard for them to reach some areas during self-grooming, or if they have long hair which requires too much time and effort to stay pristine.

While a trim might be for the best, don't try to cut out mats or shave your cat yourself. Instead, take them to a certified groomer to keep everyone happy and safe. Here you can learn about the most popular clips, cuts, and shaves used on cats to help you decide on the best style for your cat.


Lion Cut

The Lion cut involves a close shave on most of the body, but leaves longer fur on the shoulders, head, legs, and end of the tail. The resulting style really does remind you of a lion and is great for cats prone to matting, with the added benefit of reduced shedding.


Comb Cut

The Comb Cut is not as short as a Lion Cut, but it is similar. The fur of the shoulders, head, and legs is left long, while the back is trimmed short (though not shaved). This cut also reduces matting and shedding but allows your cat to keep some super-soft fur on their back.


Panther Cut

More extreme than the Lion Cut, the Panther Cut shaves off a larger area of fur, only leaving fur on the head and legs (and sometimes the end of the tail). This is the preferred cut for cats with severe matting, especially if matting occurs around the neck.


Kitten Clip

Who doesn't want to look two years younger? This all-over trim for long-haired cats takes fur down to the usual length of a short-haired cat. In addition to looking cute, it is a useful preventive cut to reduce the number of mats and amount of shedding for a few months.

Sanitary Clip

The Sanitary Clip is a more limited cut, only trimming the area around the genitals. This can be very helpful for elderly or overweight cats that have trouble staying clean. In order to stay clean, cats will need a new shave every six weeks or so.

Belly Shave

Since the area most prone to matting is the underside of the cat, some pet parents prefer to tackle this trouble zone with a shave. Usually the belly is shaved close to the skin but the rest of the fur is left long. Sometimes, the shaved belly may be completely unnoticeable when the cat is walking around, but it makes a significant difference in reducing mats.

Ways To Get Rid Of Cat Hair And Furballs

Unless pet owners have a leather sofa, there are chances that their furniture will end up with pet hair and fir deposits. Itโ€™s not just furniture, but any kind of fabric such as curtains and tablecloths are sites for cat fur to get stuck. Leather furniture can be quite expensive and thus cat owners need to have efficient ways of getting rid of their pet hair. One of the first things that pet owners can do is to ensure that there is enough ventilation in the room and the humidity levels are not significantly low.

Removing cat hair from furniture
Removing cat hair from various kinds of furniture such as sofas and upholstery is best done with a pair of damp rubber gloves. By simply running the gloved hand over various surfaces, hair can be easily collected. Once the glove is covered with hair, one needs to simply rinse it off and repeat the process. In case rubber gloves are not available one can also use a wet sponge in its place. Another easy tactic is to spray a combination of water and fabric softener on the furniture and fabric and then start wiping it off.

In order to remove cat hair from wooden furniture, a soft cloth with furniture polish can be easily used. Alternately one can also use an anti-static dusting spray. Using such anti-static sprays eliminates static charge and the fur comes off the surface easily.

Removing Cat Hair from Carpets and Floors
One of the best ways to clean those tough to dig fur and hair deposits from the carpets is to use a pumice stone. Using a pumice stone is advantageous as it not only collects the hair efficiently but also doesn't damage the surface of the carpet. For wooden or laminated floors one can use electrostatic mobs or one of those microfiber wipes. Using a vacuum is not very effective in these cases as it loops the hair around instead of sucking it in. If the cat owner wishes to vacuum the carpet, then it is advised to go twice over hair-infested areas in alternate directions. This will ensure that the hair is properly disengaged from the carpet fabric. There are special vacuums available which especially cater to pet hair, these come equipped with filters and powerful suction which pulls off hair effectively.

Throwing floor mats and tablecloths in the dryer along with a dryer sheet or a spiky dryer ball is an effective way of automatically removing fur from them. Brushing and grooming cats with long hairs every day and those with short hair once a week, is a preventive measure against fur deposit. Timely grooming leads to a fur-free house.

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