Is Your Cat A Shedder?
7 May, 2013
If you are like most cat owners, including myself, you find yourself sitting on the couch or pulling out some pants and they are filled with cat fur! Or you take out your sweater, and what do you find: more cat hair! While we love our feline friends, let’s be honest, the cat hair can sometimes be annoying. Of course, cat owners are always armed with rollers or some other way to get rid of hair, but sometimes excessive shedding can be a health issue.
Outdoor cats tend to lose more fur in the spring and keep more fur in the winter, while indoor cats usually shed all year round. However, if you see patches in your cat’s fur or notice that your cay’s hair loss is excessive, it is time to see your veterinarian to see if there is an underlying medical condition.
Medical conditions that can cause shedding
If your cat is shedding excessively, he or she could be suffering from a medical condition. As I mentioned above, you should schedule an appointment with your vet. Some of the conditions that cause excessive shedding are the following: allergy conditions, ringworm, fleas, a bacterial infection, poor diet, sunburn and/or a hormonal imbalance.
Once you have ruled out medical conditions, you can try the below to stop shedding
1. Make sure to feed your cat a healthy diet
A healthy diet is important for your cat for the obvious reasons, but it can also help your cat’s hair loss. If you are feeding your cat a healthy canned food with protein as the main ingredient and few preservatives or fillers, this helps keep your cat healthy and minimizes shedding. There are also vitamin supplements for cats that contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that can keep the fur smooth and knot-free.
2. Make sure to groom your cat regularly
Make sure to brush your cat’s fur on a regular basis. If you have a long- haired cat, a daily brush down is essential and will not only help with the shedding, but can give you some bonding time with your kitty. Use a fine bristled brush to remove knots then use a fine tooth comb to pull up the undercoat. At the beginning, you might have to brush your cat every day until the undercoat is thinned out. Don’t over brush your cat as it can damage your cat’s coat, but you need a comb that will get to the undercoat without damaging the overcoat.
3. Bathe your cat or take him to the groomer
Bathing your cat regularly is really important to help reduce excess, loose hair, oils and makes your cat smell great. While it isn’t always easy to bathe your cat, it is important to do so. If your cat hates the water, you can take him to a groomer. There are also disposable pads on the market that are filled with oils or waterless cleaners which you can spray on your cat, massage in, and towel off.
If you follow all of the above, it should help reduce your cat’s shedding. You can also place towels or blankets on your furniture and your cat will usually gravitate towards those to lie down. That way, you can easily wash the towels and/or blankets and have less fur everywhere. And, of course, always keep your rollers handy!