It's better getting it shaved down than to let it suffer covered in matted fur and poop.
Seriously, I've seen some BADLY matted cats.
One was so bad the "mat" covered it's entire back. It was like a shell.
This is my "dog mod" CuJo. She's an 8 yr old Rotti. That's an old pic, but the only one I have uploaded at the moment.
Right now she's wearing her Hallowe'en bandanna, it has little bats on it. She loves her bandannas, too.
I have more pictures of her and my b/f's border collie.... guess who's the dominant one?
Yes, the 60 lb border bosses around the 100 lb rottweiler.