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Dr. Loretta
Dr. Loretta, Cat Veterinarian
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Experience:  25 years of experience treating cats in my practice.
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matted fur matted lumps

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matted fur matted lumps

Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 4 years ago.

Good Morning and welcome. I am Dr. Loretta , a licensed veterinarian and am happy to answer your question.

I have a few questions to help me better assist you.

Where are these matts? Are they greasy looking?

Does Freda itch or lick at them?

Is Freda eating well and active?

Thank you!

Sincerely, XXXXX XXXXX

Customer: replied 4 years ago.


They are on the side of fredas back,they are not greasy looking.


she doesn't lick or itch them.


freda is fusy with her food at the moment she is eating iams dried food.


she seems to be active and is still the same as she always has been.


 


Brenda


 

Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 4 years ago.
Thank you Brenda for that information...

In many cats, they have over active Sebaceous Glands. These are oil glands within the hair follicles that cause oils to accumulate and cause matts. This area on either side of Freda's back is a common area for this as well as the base of teh tail.

This cannot be cured and is not serious for Freda but is uncomfortable. The best thing you can do, Brenda, is to clip away these matts using a comb between the skin and the matts so you cannot cut her skin. Then bath her weekly with a good feline shampoo and brush her daily in between the baths. If Freda does not like baths, there are waterless shampoos that will remove the oils and help prevent further matting.

Does that make sense to you, Brenda?

Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please Reply so I can clarify for you

Sincerely, XXXXX XXXXX