If you have a medium or long-haired cat, you're probably aware of how easily her fur gets matted. Most of the mats develop between the front paws and back legs, along backs of their back legs, and sometimes on her chest. Mats can develop anywhere though, and it's important to learn how to safely get rid of them.
Unlike most tangles in our own hair, mats form very close to the cat's skin, making it very easy to hurt her while you're trying to get it out. For that reason, many people recommend taking your cat to a professional groomer. However, not everyone has the time or the money. If your cat has a lot of mats, or if the mats bigger than your thumbnail, a professional groomer is your best and safest bet.
You can always try to brush a mat out with a pin brush or flea comb before you resort to cutting it. Cats, however, tend not to like that either because pin brushes can be scratchy, and remember, the mat is probably already uncomfortable. So your cat likely won't put up with you trying to pull it out for very long.
Preventive measures are always best. Experts recommend daily brushing for long-haired cats, but three to four times a week is the minimum. You can brush a medium-haired cat two or three times a week.
Mats may form despite your best efforts though. So, for smaller mats that can't be brushed out, here are some tips to help you get them out of her fur more safely.