Help, my cat is shedding!
Brace yourself: shedding season is coming! Soon, your home will be covered in cat hair as your cat exchanges its thick winter fur for a new, lighter coat. Keep on reading to find out why cats shed and what you can do to avoid having cat hair all over your furniture and clothes.
When and why cats shed
Shedding is a natural and important process for cats to keep their fur in good condition. Dead fur can cause skin irritation, and it has to be removed through shedding. Your cat’s hair loss is in tune with the season: during spring, a cat throws off his thick coat to prepare for the summer. During fall, the weather cools down, so your kitty needs an extra layer of fluffy fur to keep itself warm.
This is especially true for cats that spend most of their time outdoors, as the amount of daylight cats experience tells their body to prepare for seasonal changes. Indoor cats usually have a steadier shed all year long, because artificial light disrupts their biorhythm.
How much cat shedding is normal?
There is no way of telling what level of shedding is normal, because it varies significantly among different breeds. However, if your cat has bald patches or loses much more hair than usual, this may indicate an underlying health problem, such as an allergy, an unbalanced diet, stress or other medical issues. In that case it is advisable to consult a veterinarian.
How to reduce cat shedding
There are a few things you can do to minimize the inconvenience of cat shedding. Vacuum your house regularly, raid the shop for lint rollers and cover your furniture with an old blanket. However, the best way to deal with shedding is to tackle the issue at the source: groom your cat regularly to remove excess hair before it starts rolling through your house like a tumbleweed. Frequently groomed cats lose less hair, especially longhaired cats. Additionally, grooming enables you to easily notice skin irritation, bald patches or parasites.
Depending on the density of your cat’s fur, you should groom it between once a week and once a day. To make this chore easier and more effective, Catit has designed two grooming kits – one for shorthaired and one for longhaired cats. These kits contain the essential brushes and tools to take care of your cat’s beautiful fur. Go here to find out which kit is right for your cat.
If your cat doesn’t enjoy being brushed, you can opt for the Senses 2.0 Self Groomer instead. This brush is easy to mount on walls and helps remove and collect loose hair. You can add catnip to the inner compartment to give your cat an extra incentive to rub against the Self Groomer.