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Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am very sorry to hear about your kitty.
A cat that develops matted hair that has never had it before makes us concerned that something else could be going on that has caused the kitty to stop grooming themselves well. This could be anything from arthritic pain to a systemic disease that is just making them feel under the weather. For this reason, I would recommend that a visit to your vet for an exam and some senior bloodwork would be in order for your kitty. While there, your vet can shave out the matted hair.
If you are trying to do something at home, that will depend on your cat's tolerance level to being groomed. Some matted hair, if the matted areas are VERY small, may be gently combed out (this takes a long time and patience on your part and your cat's part). You can use a metal pet comb and hold onto the matted fur close to the skin as you work at combing it out to avoid the fur pulling against your kitty's fur as much as possible. A detangler spray made for cats may help (you can pick one up at the pet store). Otherwise, we usually need to use clippers to shave the matted hair off. I would not recommend using scissors to try to cut the matted areas because it is VERY easy (and a common occurrence) to accidentally cut your kitty's thin skin and cause an even bigger issue!
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