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Dear Christopher Cat

Misty’s hair is badly matted, but only on her lower back. How did this happen? What can we do to prevent it in the future?

Christopher Responds

Based on my experience with my sister Woody, I’d guess that Misty is – how can I say this delicately – quite substantial.

Overweight cats often have trouble grooming their lower backs. They can reach everywhere but there.
If Misty is so plump that she can’t groom her back, start a weight loss diet today.

If she’s not overweight, her back might hurt when she twists around to groom herself. If so, your veterinarian can recommend medication to ease her discomfort and increase her flexibility.

To remove the mats, have your veterinarian or groomer shave them off. They are probably so close to the skin that if you scissor them off, you’ll risk cutting Misty’s skin.

To prevent matting in the future, brush or comb Misty daily. Be sure to remove the loose hair from areas she can’t reach.

And if Misty is heavy, help her stick to her weight loss diet.

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