8 Tips to Control Your Cat’s Shedding
1 July, 2014
We love the beautiful long hair on our feline family and many of our friends know we have cats because there is no escaping that hair all over us. Yet, we cat owners (and dog) always have a lint brush handy to get rid of some of the hair. However sometimes the shedding can be excessive and it feels like an uphill battle to keep ourselves and our homes clean.
Below are some tips to help:
Why do our cats shed?
The reason our cats’ shed is to help them replenish their fur and keep it in tip-top shape – basically, there is no way around it. An indoor cat’s shedding cycle isn’t as distinct as an outdoor cat’s. Since pet owners use air conditioning and heating, the cat’s system gets tricked and they often shed constantly year round. The amount is less than the outdoor cats due to the artificial light but it can still add up.
Tips to control and minimize the daily shedding
Our cats spend an hour each day grooming and that means that shedding is just a part of life. We do love how clean they are but the more they groom, the more hair they lose.
Below are some tips to help with your cat’s shedding:
1. Take a look at your cat’s diet.
Some cat food is harder to digest than others (especially human food) and can impact the health of your cat’s skin and coat. Look for food high in Omega 3 and 6 which softens his coat and skin and reduces shedding. Wet food is also higher in protein and can provide more moisture and can help with minimizing the shedding.
2. Groom your cat daily
The more cat hair you remove, the less that will be stuck to you and your furniture! Brush your cat daily with a good brush and they love it. It’s also a great way to bond with your kitty. There are also products on the market that include wipes and sprays that clean and condition your cat’s fur without using water which help minimize the shedding.
Check out the fabulous furminator tools that are great for grooming and help control shedding. They even specify the tools for long and short-haired cats and do wonders for kitties: http://www.furminator.com/products.aspx
3. If your cat is a compulsive groomer, distract your kitty
Keep your cat from excessively grooming himself so you can tackle his flying fur yourself. You can take out your toys and distract your kitty as you brush him.
4. Bathe your cat every 4 to six weeks
I know it isn’t easy, but if you can bathe your kitty every four to six weeks, this will help minimize the shedding.
5. Make sure your kitty has an area and/or bed where he or she likes to gravitate.
Get your kitty a comfortable pet bed and put it in a place he/she enjoys sleeping. This will help keep the shedding contained to a small area and off of your furniture and floors.
Toss a throw, mat or pillowcase over your cat’s favorite napping spot. If your cat gravitates towards your furniture, throw a slipcover or blanket that can easily be tossed in the wash.
6. Dust and vacuum your house daily to avoid hair and allergies.
If you can vacuum daily or at least dust off your cat’s favorite places or where he sleeps or naps most, that does wonders for the hair and the allergies.
7. Lint brushes are a must
Invest in a great lint brush to clean your furniture and clothing. Try stashing one at work, your car, or in your purse so you can de-lint yourself after stepping out of the house.
8. How about adopting a less furry breed
Whether your kitty has short hair or long hair, they can still shed the same amount. However, there are three breeds that don’t shed as much. The Cornish Rex has short, curly hair that lies close to the body and the Devon Rex has curly fur that is a very thin coat. Because of their rather short and fine fur, their shedding is not usually as noticeable, but they still technically shed. And finally, the reputable hairless Sphynx doesn’t shed. These cats don’t have traditional hair but rather a fine down coat similar to peach fuzz. They are great for people with allergies or those that don’t want to deal with a hairy house.
If you are diligent about brushing your kitty, have a comfortable place that is all his or hers and fortify your kitty’s diet with Omega 3, your cat’s shedding should lessen or at least be more manageable.