How to Get Hair Knots Out of Long-haired Cats

Cat breeds including the Norwegian Forest, Maine Coon, American Curl and Himalayan all have one thing in common: a coat of long fur. Owners of longhair cats face challenges such as tangled, matted messes that require shaving to remove; excessive hair balls that require cleaning; and faeces-laden hair clumps that require grooming. Properly removing knots from longhair cats will solve one of these problems and if done correctly, will cause minimal discomfort to the cat.

Locate all the large knots in the longhair cat's fur.

Pull apart the large knots into smaller, more manageable ones using your fingers. Sprinkle talcum powder onto the knots to make it easier to pull them apart.

Brush out the cat's entire coat with a wide-tooth comb. Beginning at the cat's belly, work the comb through the hair upward toward the head. Move onto the cat's legs and back, working the comb through the hair in the same fashion.

Continue to brush the cat's coat by moving toward the back and up toward the face with the wide-tooth comb.

Brush out the cat's coat with a fine-tooth comb in the same fashion -- beginning at the abdomen and legs, working your way toward the back and up toward the face. The fine-tooth comb will remove any smaller knots, dirt and dander that are hidden inside the cat's finer hairs.


Comb your longhair cat's coat every two to three days when it's not shedding heavily. The cat will require a daily brushing when it is shedding more.

Things You'll Need

  • Talcum powder
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Fine-tooth comb
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Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.