Thanks Alienredqueen and your friend for the idea!
Hair Stuck Between Teeth
Cats with long hair, that’s the kind of cats we’re talking about today. Because cats with long hair have long hair all over their body, they sometimes can get stuck with their teeth in their own hair. This can happen when they are grooming themselves, and it can be painful and frustrating. Sometimes the cat can’t even move their head anymore because their teeth are so stuck in their own hair.
If you don’t do anything about it — which I hope and expect that you do something about it — and the hair stays wrapped around the teeth germs and bacteria can end up in that little piece of fur that is in the mouth. Giving your cat a bad breath.
That’s not everything. If the hair is wrapped too tight around your cat’s teeth, it can also give gum and dental issues. Like loose teeth and bad gums and it might be cutting down the blood circulation. It’s extremely uncomfortable. And I think you can compare it with something that is wrapped around your own teeth tightly.
What To Do?
An option is to keep the hair of your cat (especially around the chin and chest) groomed and knot-free. If the hair is matted, the chance is bigger that your cat will get stuck in his own hair.
What I think is the best option is to trim the hair around the chin and chest. A few inches/centimeters can already help so much, so your little furbal won’t get stuck anymore in his own hair with his teeth while grooming himself.