I'm thinking that if you meant "mats" you would have said so. Clumps often appear when cats are shedding heavily. The undercoat, which can be dense and cottony in some breeds, often pulls out unevenly. You will often notice it around the necks of cats who scratch themselves and inadvertantly pull out a "clump" of loose undercoat with a back claw. It's time to get out the brush and comb. First, find the right equipment for your cat's coat type. The red rubber brush and teflon-coated fine-toothed comb I use on my siamese would be completely useless for a long-haired cat. Start slowly and be sensitive to the cat's reaction, especially if this is the first time you're grooming the cat. Many cats will take to it well, provided you try to make it a pleasurable experience for them and they haven't had a previous bad experience with grooming. Take lots of breaks, reward with praise, and don't try to get it all done in one session. If the cat reacts badly, is painfully matted, or has some difficult-to-remove foreign substance in it's fur like tar or burrs, it might be better to seek professional, even veterinary assistance.
Owners of short-haired cats sometimes make the mistake of thinking that their cats are self-grooming, and for the most part they are. But at periods of heavy shedding, it is better to help the cat look it's best. Kept up as a weekly routine, it's a great way for you to bond with your cat.
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