Shedding is considered a sign of health in a cat, because sick cats do not shed their fur. Shedding occurs for different reasons, but depends largely on the amount of time your cat spends outdoors or whether your cat is purely an indoor cat. The shedding is largely influenced by daylight, and this is called the “photoperiod”. The number of hours a cat is exposed to sunlight in a day (photoperiod) triggers the shedding process. In addition, shedding varies considerably among the different breeds. Cats shed in order to remove dead fur from their bodies. Dead fur can cause skin irritation so it needs to be removed. If the dead fur is not removed via combing and grooming, the cat’s body will remove it by shedding it.Indoor cats shed at any time of the year and the amount of shedding hair is less than outdoor cats due to the artificial light inside the house, and from the controlled temperature in your home.
Brush and Brush
The only sure way to reduce feline shedding is to brush your feline regularly. Long-haired cats likely need brushing at least every other day. This session will reduce matting, as well as remove loose fur and debris. On the other hand, short-haired cats often only need to be brushed once a week. However, during shedding season, you may need to increase that to once a day. While you don’t need to worry about your short-haired cat ending up with mats, a daily brushing session is often required to deal with the onslaught of fur. Plus, it does help their coat stay clean and spreads out their natural oils. Long-haired cats don’t necessarily shed more than short-haired cats. However, long-haired cats do have longer fur, so it tends to stick out more than short hair. Daily brushing will heavily reduce the shedding and the amount of cat fur that ends up on your floor. However, it still isn’t going to reduce it completely. Even if you brush your feline, you have to expect some fur to end up on the furniture. However, there is really no replacement for brushing your feline regularly. In the end, it’s the only way that you’re physically going to remove the shedding hair.
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Tips for Grooming:
- Start brushing your cat slowly, keeping the sessions short and positive and stopping before your cat protests.
- Using food treats can help make the experience easier for you and more pleasant for your cat.
- This may also help your cat learn to enjoy grooming. As your cat learns to enjoy the grooming sessions, you can gradually make them last longer.
- Eventually the grooming sessions will be long enough to thoroughly remove dead fur and skin, which will ultimately result in fewer sessions. Frequent grooming will also help reduce the amount of fur your cat sheds around the home.
- When you comb your cat, comb her carefully in the direction of hair growth to smooth the coat and remove any minor knots or tangles.
- If the coat has a particularly stubborn knot or tangle, you may have to trim it off with scissors. For longhaired cats, begin with a wide-toothed comb and follow up with a fine-toothed comb.
- To avoid injury, if your cat's coat has severe matting, you might want to consult a veterinarian before attempting to groom the cat yourself.
Benefits of Regular Combing and Grooming:
- Removes dead and loose hair and reduces the amount shed Reduces the occurrence of hairballs, especially in the long-haired breeds.
- Keeps cat's coat smooth and free of knots and mats - little clumps of fur that sometimes form.
- This is a great way to further bond with your cat Allows you to keep an eye on your cat's coat and skin for potential problems, such as parasites and skin conditions before they become serious.
If the heavy shedding is consistent throughout the year, the cats may have food sensitivity or a dust allergy. In extreme shedding cases, when your cat is actually sick from excessive hair balls, some veterinarians recommend shaving the cat three to four times a year. But In both cases, you should consult with your veterinarian to determine the cause of such shedding.
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*We hope to give you better ideas for your pet, but this information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. If your pet feels bad, please take it to the veterinarian in time.