7 Tips to Help Control Your Cat’s Shedding!
28 October, 2016
We love the beautiful long hair of our cats and of course, it’s impossible not to have their imprint on us and our furniture! We cat owners always have a lint brush handy to get rid of some of the hair. But sometimes the shedding can be excessive and it feels like an uphill battle to keep ourselves and our homes clean.
Why do our cats shed in the first place?
The reason our cats’ shed is to help them replenish their fur and keep it in tip-top shape. An indoor cat’s shedding cycle isn’t as distinct as an outdoor cat’s. Since we use air conditioning and heating all year round, our cat’s system gets tricked and they often shed constantly.
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 with a great brush
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, like the Bendi Brush which is great for grooming and helps minimize shedding! And, of course, it’s great for bonding with your kitty!
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: Bathe Your Cat
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.
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.