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Q: My long hair cat's coat is starting to look bad

February 22, 2010 | By denise | 7 answers | Expired: 1667 days ago

My long hair cat's coat is starting to look bad

I have had Zoe for almost 7 years and she always gets a really thick winter coat. This year seemed thicker. Her coat is currently becoming matted and seems greasier than normal. I bursh her often, but she doesn't let me do certain areas, in the past this hasn't been a problem. She would get a couple of mattes, I would brush them out with a matte brush. This year, I can't keep up and she even has a small area on her chest, where the hair is nearly gone, don't know if she removed mattes and that is why it looks that way or another reason. If anyone has any ideas, I would be thrilled to hear them. Is she getting older, is this the problem. 7 isn't that old, is it?

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Stacy H.
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Feb 25, 2010

I have always found that the condition of any animals coat is a real indicator of health. It might be that a change of diet is needed. I have had long hair cats and keeping up on their grooming can be a hassle some times, but worth the extra work. The mats have to come off or they can get sores under them. I had a long hair cat show up one time and he was half wild and it took me a while to get him to trust me enough for grooming. And he was a real mess by then and had to be shaved, sooooo sad looking. He also had an oily coat and my vet said he had an extra gland that you rarely see anymore in cats, something from before they were domesticated. Good luck!!

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Jillian
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Feb 23, 2010

it depends on the breed if 7 is old or not. cats generally live anywhere between 12 and 20 years, though 15-17 seems to be the most common.
i had a short haired cat who would get matting on his back every summer. brushing didn't always work, so i would cut enough out to where i could finish brushing.
the fact that the coat is greasy probably lends to the matting. do you bathe your cat? this is easy to overlook w/cats. i have cats that never get baths and look great, but i've also had cats who need one every so often. bathing cats isn't as hard as it sounds. fill the bathtub to about 3-4 inches w/warm water and place kitty in by holding her w/one hand on her chest/stomach as you'd normally do to set her down and the other on her neck - not in a death grip, but just to hold her in place. this will not hurt and it won't annoy her as long as it's not too tight. throughout the entire bath, you only need to hold her by her neck, but don't grip it unless you have to. instead, just rest your palm on her neck/shoulder blades. if she struggles too much this way, you can hold her across her chest, even keeping her standing on her hind legs if that works best. use a cup to bathe her, and be quick but gentle. try to completely dry her before releasing to go hide somewhere.
whatever your cats lifespan, 7 years is senior. try switching her gradually to a senior cat food and see if that helps. i don't know what nutritional deficiencies cause an oily coat, but if it's not just dirt and grime, it's gotta be her diet.

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Danis
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Feb 23, 2010

Sometimes a cat, especially one with a lot of fur, cannot keep up with their own grooming. It's possible she pulled out some of the mats on her chest, so some fur would be missing. Maybe a different kind of food would help with the quality of her coat, or maybe she just needs a bath. I do bathe my cats once in awhile and use the cat bath wipes frequently. If she has not been bathed in the 7 years, she may have some oil build up. Try bathing her, or take her to a groomer to see if that helps.

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daryl b.
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Feb 23, 2010

as far as her thicker coat goes. somehow thier bodies now what kind of coat they need for the comming winter. does your cat go outside. i guess the longer the hair the more mats they will get. it is good that you do your best to keep up with them

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Josiesue02
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Feb 23, 2010

My suggestion would be to take her to a groomer, theyll give her a bath and a good brushing. Then after that if she continued to have problems i would take her to a vet. You could also give your vet a call and let them know whats going on now to see what they recomend.

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Kris
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Feb 23, 2010

7 is not old for a cat, but a thorough check-up is a good idea if she has not had one recently. If she is otherwise healthy, your vet may recommend a shampoo or some other grooming instructions. Or as Jeanette said, a professional groomer may be the way to go.

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Jeanette2562
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Feb 22, 2010

hi there my cat little one gets that way as well mostly on her thighs i have to take her to the groomer 2 times a year only 25 bucks and they do a real good job and she dont seem to mind going there it is odd how they act with strangers for brushing cause she sits real still and dosent claw them up

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