Shedding from any pet can be a nuisance! It can leave a mess on your furniture, clothes, and throughout your entire home. It also can contribute to hairball issues that can lead to serious health problems for your pet.
Shedding is a normal process that occurs every day and varies in degree due to factors like your cat’s diet, age, and the season. By controlling shedding, and dealing with its fallout, you can keep your cat healthier and your home cleaner. Here are some effective techniques to control the situation:
- Feeding your cat a premium brand of food will aide in not only their coat but also their skin. Look for foods that are rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
- Rule out any medical issues. Especially if you notice bald patches begin developing, this could mean parasites, allergies, dermatitis or is stress related. It could be arthritis or achy bones of why they are unable to groom themselves properly.
- They might not like it, but bathing your cat regularly helps remove loose hair, excess oils, and odors. If they do have issues with water and it is too stressful for them, try waterless bathing wipes.
- Brush your cat regularly you will notice that sometimes it produces very little hair, and other times it produces handfuls. Make sure you’re using the right tools. By brushing and daily or even weekly you can detangle mats, before they have to be shaved, remove dead undercoat, lift away excess dander, and add the shine back to their coat. Look into Matt removal brushes, deshedding tool (highly recommend the FURminator brushes and solutions) or a slicker brush.
Shedding season doesn’t always have to be a pain if you begin to follow the steps to maintain the fur all year long. Happy combing!