Tips For Your Shedding Cat
2 January, 2012

I adore my cat, Sammy, and admire his beautiful orange and white fur, but he sheds everywhere.  I know this is true of many cats and dogs, but cats seem to have more of an issue with shedding or at least we cat owners do.

We have to remember that all cats shed and it is a natural and healthy part of any feline’s life. It is an important aspect of the thinning and re-growth of your cat’s coat. But having to vacuum your couch cushions every time you want to entertain guests and keeping a constant stock of lint rollers in your car can grow annoying after awhile. While there is no permanent way of resolving the shedding problem, there are simple steps you can take to prevent the buildup of hair on your clothes and around the house.

GROOM YOU CAT

Groom your cat at least twice a week.  You can start with a soft-bristled brush to collect any loose hair from the coat and follow up with a steel-tooth comb to loosen tangles or matting. The more often you groom, the less hair will collect around the house.   And, your cat will love it.  I know Sammy thinks of it as a massage and purrs away as I brush him.

SET ASIDE A COMFORTABLE LOCATION JUST FOR YOUR CAT

Make up a comfortable location specifically for your cat. Place his bed near the couch while you watch television, or bunch up several soft blankets and lay them at the foot of your bed. This will encourage him to relax in a predetermined area and limit the amount of hair on your couch and bed.   You can then vacuum the blanket and bed as often as need be.

This is my area where I can shed all I want!

ADD A VITAMIN SUPLLEMENT

Add a vitamin supplement to your cat’s diet. Supplements help to compensate for any weak points in your cat’s nutrition. A number of commercially available supplements high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can be found at your local veterinarian’s office or pet supply store.  Get a recommendation from your veterinarian as each cat is different and some might take better than others to a supplement.

FEED YOUR CAT A DIET RICH IN OILS AND FATTY ACIDS

Feed your cat a diet rich in vitamins, oils and fatty acids. These nutrients help nourish your cat’s skin and coat, effectively reducing the amount of hair that is lost during shedding.  Again, consult your veterinarian if you think there could be any side effects from the food.

I still have to keep a lint brush handy, but all the above has helped Sammy shed a little less.  But, we love our feline friends regardless.

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