How to Remove the Knots From a Cat's Hair

By Amanda Kondolojy

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Items you will need

  • Soft-bristle cat brush

  • Water mister

  • Scissors

Although cats generally prefer to groom themselves, if you have a longhair breed of cat, it may need a little help from time to time. If you notice your cat has some knots in its fur, it is important to take care of them as soon as possible to prevent painful sores from developing on your cat's skin.

Brush your cat's fur with a soft-bristled brush. It is important not to use a wire brush, as these can pull fur and cause discomfort. Many times, just a few brush strokes are enough to get out simple knots.

Spray the knotted area with water from a water mister. If you have a cat that is sensitive to noise, try squeezing the trigger on the mister slowly to eliminate the noise. Once the area of the knot is damp, try brushing the area again.

Give the cat a full bath and wash its fur with pet shampoo infused with chamomile. Not only will the chamomile help detangle the knots in the fur, but it will also keep your cat calm.

Cut the knot. If you can't get the knot out with a brush, cut the knotted fur with a pair of safety scissors. Be careful not to pull the cat's fur when you are cutting, or to cut too close to the cat's skin.


  • If your cat is having a hard time sitting still while you are trying to remove knots from its fur, try giving the cat a treat or a toy with catnip to help calm it down. Also make sure that you speak in a calm voice to help reassure the cat.

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