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Thomasina

Do some of the things your cats do seem, well, just plain weird. Thomasina shares her expert purrls of wisdom on cat behavior and why cats do the things they do from a cat's point of view.

6 Reasons Why Cats Mat | How To Unsnarl Tangled Fur

6 Reasons Why Cats Mat | How To Unsnarl Tangled Fur

It’s not just long-haired cats who get mats. Cats with short hair do, too. Cats mat when the weather’s changing. But keep a close eye on your cat with matted fur. Mats can also be a sign of health problems. 

Cats mat for a variety of reasons, but brushing can help prevent tangled fur.

Cats mat for a variety of reasons, but brushing can help prevent tangled fur.

Why do cats get mats, Thomasina? My elderly cat is just one big tangle. She’s a mess!

— Sad Cat Mom

Hi Sad Cat Mom!

That’s a great question. I have a huge mat right now! For me, that must mean the seasons are changing. But there are other reasons why cats mat, too.

Shedding Causes Matted Cat Hair

Fighting Fur? Why Does Your Cats’ Fur Stick To Everything?

Does your cats’ fur stick to everything? Mine does! I did some research and found some interesting reasons why it does that.

Does your cats' fur stick to everything?

Why does your cats’ fur stick to everything?

My cats’ fur sticks to everything, Thomasina. It even clings to the legs of my tables! Why does it do that?

— Sooo Tired Of Cleaning

Hi Sooo Tired…
Good question! We have the same problem here. Our cats’ fur sticks to everything, too. We make such a mess! 

The simple explanation for why your cats’ fur sticks to everything is that cat hair has a positive magnetic charge. I have no idea what that is. But I do know that as we move around the house, we come into contact with things that have a negative magnetic charge (I don’t know what that is either!). Like any other magnet, when one meets the other, they stick together. 

Tiny Strands Of Hair Everywhere

Do Cats Shed In The Fall?

Have you noticed this? Cats shed in the fall, too. The days are getting shorter, and my fur is a matted, embarrassing mess!

 

Cats shed in the fall so they need to be brushed more often.

Cats shed in the fall, so they need to be brushed more often when the days get shorter.

Do cats shed in the fall, Thomasina? It’s September, and my cat is shedding nonstop. I thought cats shed in the summer. Do I have an abnormal cat?
— Puzzled

Hey, Puzzled!
Yes, cats shed in the fall! In fact, cats who live strictly indoors shed all year. So your cat’s perfectly normal, at least as far as shedding goes.


Why Cats Shed In The Fall