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   I was wondering if you knew any other ways to get matted hair out of a cats fur besides using a matting comb or hair clippers.  I have a long hair cat, and the fur that covers most of his body is very soft and easy to groom.  However the fur that is on his belly is weird, it is very course and curly and gets matted very easily.  I can't keep up with it because it gets matted so fast.  The matting combs don't really work, they don't cut through the hair very easily and they pull and hurt my cat.  I went to the pet store to buy clippers and they told me I would need clippers with a two speed motor to get through those type of matts, and also so it wouldn't overheat so easily. So I was about to buy them until I saw that they are $200.   I've tried scissors, which scare me because I have to get so close to the skin.  It doesn't seem like it should be this hard to take care of this problem but it's turning out that way.  Do you know any alternative methods to getting matted hair out of fur?  I'm sure there are methods I haven't heard of that are safer and easier. I hope I don't sound like an idiot, I guess i'm just afraid of hurting my cat.  any advice would be appreciated, Thank you


Personally I've had great success with the basic set of human clippers sold at Walmart. Don't use scissors as you could accidentally seriously cut your cat.

Hopefully this information helps. If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me again at any time.

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