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Dear Christopher Cat

Midnight, our long-haired black cat, develops hair tufts that sometimes come out when I pull them, but other times require scissors. What can I do to prevent these tufts from forming?

Christopher Responds

Sometimes we long-haired cats can’t keep up with coat maintenance, especially during seasonal changes when we shed more than usual. If the problem is as simple as that, give Midnight a hand by brushing her daily.

If the tufts and mats form only near the back of her body, Midnight may be unable to reach around to remove them herself. This problem is most common in overweight and arthritic cats.

It’s also possible that Midnight isn’t grooming as often as she should because she doesn’t have the energy to do so.

If you’re concerned that low energy, arthritis or excessive weight might play a role, ask your veterinarian for help.

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