Cat fur feels stiff or dry

When cat fur gets coated with cat skin oil, the fur can feel stiff or gluey.  All that’s happening is grease + fur = stiffness.  To fix the situation, you can use ball-tip scissors and carefully, CAREFULLLLLLY, trim off the oiled-up fur. The skin underneath will still be oily, so you can use a wet wipe made for cats/dogs. That will help a little.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can use a diluted degreaser like Dawn or Palmolive — unscented original versions, diluted heavily — to wash the greasy skin and fur.  Be SURE to rinse, rinse, rinse and rinse some more because you don’t want your cat to lick that soap.

A common place to find stiff, oiled-up fur is between the shoulder blades.  I can’t believe how gluey and sticky this area can be.  Very hard to degrease without washing a few times.

If fur is dry, that’s different. Could be that the fur was washed with a degreasing shampoo too many times in too short a time. More likely it’s not related to grooming but to some other situation.  I’m not a vet, so I don’t know what would cause dry fur.  I’ve never seen dried-out fur on a cat. I’ve seen oily fur many times.

Red is my color.



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