Felines are very good at keeping themselves clean every day by self-grooming but sometimes their hair gets tangled or even matted, especially long-haired kitties because of their thicker coats, even though all cats can get this grooming issue when getting older.
Fur mats can be painful or even cause health problems for your cat if not removed. But before you pick up some scissors and try and cut them off possibly hurting your cat in the process, let me offer you another solution.
Use cat detangler spray and slowly comb the mats out!
Cat hair detanglers are not just great products for unknotting fur and dreaded mats but also preventing the coat from getting matted afterward, softens the fur, and hydrates the cat’s skin in the process.
In this article, I made a list of the best choices in cat detangling sprays and leave-in conditioners on the market right now, plus some useful tips on how to best de-tangle cat fur. Starting with my top review, here is the:
Top 8 best cat detangler sprays of 2021!
1. PROBIOTIC DETANGLER by SKOUT’S HONOR
This is the ultimate pet detangler spray from a trusted brand that provides quality at a lower cost whilst offering your pet a premium grooming experience. This detangler softens the fur which eases brushing and promotes a tangle-free coat whilst hydrating the skin of your cat. It is a Ph- balanced detangler that also helps with dryness, itchiness, hot spots, reduces shedding, and fights odor. It comes in four fragrances honeysuckle, lavender, sandalwood & vanilla, and a fragrance-free option which I recommend because some cats have a skin sensitivity to perfumes, but the other fragrances are ok to use as well, confirmed by the manufacturer. Because it contains Avocado oil and Omega-3 your cat’s fur will be healthy and shiny in a natural way.
For matted cat hair, saturate the fur with the detangler, and let it soak for 2-3 minutes then brush or comb out thoroughly the hair, starting at the tips of the mat, if necessary repeat until the fur is detangled.
And the benefits are not over yet, with every bottle you purchase, Skout’s Honor vows a PAW PLEDGE to provide a rescued animal with a full day’s worth of meals! So you’re not only helping your pet be healthier but also a soul in need. Plus, if you are not fully satisfied, you can simply return the product and get a FULL REFUND.
2. Fab Fur Kitty Detangling Conditioning Spray by Pet MasterMind
The leave-in detangling spray is ideal for both short and long-haired cats. It’s safe, unscented, and leaves no residues which means no rinsing is needed and your cat will be okay if she licks it. Made with natural ingredients like shea butter, aloe, and oat protein, this spray works to detangle your felines’ hair while adding softness and shine to their coat. Works wonders on small mats by just spraying them and working them gently between your fingers. For loosening and untangling big and more severe mats repeat the session working it through slowly with a mat comb to restore your cat’s fur without pulling or cutting. The spray will help prevent clumps in your cat’s coat if you use it occasionally for maintenance and grooming. On the bonus side, the manufacturer offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee in case the spray will not work on your cat’s fur, as we know not all pets are balanced in the same way. They will return your money back guaranteed or offer a tailor-made product just for you.
3. Anti-Static Detangler by PETWAY Petcare
This is a light and gentle detangling spray that can be used for daily grooming and doesn’t grease up your pet’s hair. It loosens up mats and knots effortlessly, making grooming sessions a non-stressful experience, whilst keeping your cat’s coat untangled, silky, soft, and naturally flowing. It’s specially formulated to assist heavy & long-coated breeds. Made from natural plant extracts, soap, and fragrance-free for the purpose of detangling even the stubborn hair tangles, penetrating right down into the hair shafts easing brushing out mats. It is ph- balanced, free from harsh chemicals, and safe to leave in the coat without washing it afterward. The scent seems to be a bit heavy when applied but fades into a mild perfume that lasts for a few days.
4. CatFresh Skin and Coat Spray for Cats by PeachyDog
The Catfresh Spray was created for cats that struggle with skin irritations due to dryness, allergies, and bites, and has three purposes. Made from natural ingredients, ph- balanced and enriched with Vitamins A, D & E for a healthy coat you can use it as waterless shampoo giving out all the benefits of a bath but without the hassle, moisturizing and conditioning the skin, soothing any itching caused by dryness, dandruff, and other skin problems. Using it as a cat detangler spray will help you brush through the matted hair of your floof, leaving its fur healthy, soft, shiny, and also dander-free if your kitty suffers from flaky skin. Spray into the matted areas to help loosen the mats, then gently comb them out. You can also use it as a natural deodorizing spray, smelling fresh but not containing perfume that can cause irritation. It is not just for cats but also dogs, rabbits, and other pets, and does not contain any harmful chemicals, feel free to apply it daily.
5. Leave-in Conditioner & Detangler for pets by Lillian Ruff
The conditioner is safe to use on cats and doesn’t require any rinsing after you apply it. For undoing mats and tangles, spray generously on the affected area and use your fingers to gently massage it, then comb or brush out the knots in a few minutes. Your cat’s coat will be silky and smooth after. Their formula is made with powerful ingredients and does not contain any harmful chemicals. It’s tear-free, aerosol-free, gluten-free, dye-free, paraben-free, vegan, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, and ph- balanced to be gentle enough on all types of small pets, shooting irritated areas, and moisturizes even the most sensitive skin. Lillian Ruff has got you covered if the product doesn’t suit your cat’s needs and you are not satisfied, with a 30-day money-back guarantee full refund.
6. Sweat Pea Tangle Remover By TropiClean
This tangle remover spray helps remove tangles, knots, and mats with a no-rinse formula for gentle brushing. It is safe for cats older than 12 weeks, eliminates frizz and static, and leaves the coat smooth and shiny with a floral scent of sweet pea leaves. Made from natural ingredients, free from alcohol, paraben, or dye. Easy to use, you can apply it straight onto your cat’s coat, gently massage it into the fur and brush it gently to remove tangles. It helps prevent future tangles with regular use.
7. De-Mat Pro Spray by Envirogroom
This is a non-toxic spray formulated to remove loose hair, mats, tangles, and undercoat, suitable for cats and also kittens. De-Mat Pro is pH balanced, paraben-free, and enriched with natural ingredients like aloe vera, vitamins, and panthenol for nourishing your cat’s coat and skin keeping it healthy. It is biodegradable and does not need to be rinsed off, but it has a noticeable fragrance that might not be suitable for sensitive noses.
8. Dander Reducing Spray by Burt’S Bees
Many people buy this spray to reduce dander in cats fur, but I will tell you that it’s also a good quality detangler spray, and many other customers agree. It works wonders if you have a medium or long-haired cat that gets mats in its coat. The spray untangles your cat’s fur making brushing much easier and mats come out painlessly leaving the fur tangle-free, very smooth, and glossy. Make sure to let it soak in the matted hair for a few minutes before you start combing it out and start from the end of the mat, the furthest away from the cat’s skin, to avoid hurting your cat. Made only from natural products, with Colloidal Oat Flour & Aloe Vera, free of colorants, paraben, artificial fragrances, or other chemicals, this spray is specially formulated to groom cats. It helps condition dry skin and reduce flaking.
Useful tips for de-matting cat fur:
- If your cat doesn’t like to be sprayed, put the detangling spray on your hands then massage it through your cat’s coat
- For untangling big mats first saturate (soak in) the clumpy areas with a detangler, wait a few minutes then work them through with a mat comb/brush without pulling or cutting your cat’s skin.
- Start by holding the cat hair from under the mats, close to the skin, and separate the knotted hair into smaller pieces
- Hard mats require extra work and patience, you may need to repeat the process a few times until the fur is free again
- When combing the hair is better to do short fast strokes, than hard slow strokes to avoid hurting your cat
- Always use a clipper (electric razer) instead of scissors if the mats still require cutting, but it’s better to let a pet groomer do it, or a vet.
Cats are amazing groomers, but if you didn’t know they grow about 40 million hairs on their bodies that can be hard to clean at times, and even harder when getting older. Their fur will get tangled and it’s important to help them maintain a healthy coat and skin. Keep brushing your cat regularly to prevent mats and knots, especially long-haired breeds to avoid any further furry situations, skin irritation, and possible infections.
If you haven’t already chose a detangling spray, here is the overview:
Please add in the comments below any other easy solution you found for de-matting your floof.
And don’t furget to stay pawsitive!