When a Shedding Cat Drives You Up the Wall
One of the most attractive traits in a cat is their fur coat. However, their glorious fur can also range between inconvenient and exasperating when shedding season is in full swing, bringing with it swirls of cat hair and dust bunnies. Generally speaking, cats are so low-maintenance that we forgive their seasonal sloughing. If you have a shedding cat (or suspect you might have one soon) there are things you can do to counter the furry chain reaction.
Hair, Hair Everywhere!
We know the struggle is real, but the fact remains: Shedding happens. Depending on your cat’s breed, diet, age, and lifestyle you may have more or less shedding to deal with. Also, the time of year and shifts in temperature and humidity play large parts in the amount cat shedding.
Solutions for a Shedding Cat
All cats shed, except for hairless breeds. It is a normal process and helps a cat’s fur looking its best. Unfortunately, this means more sweeping and vacuuming for us—especially in the spring and fall.
We encourage you to handle your shedding cat with these easy steps:
- Increase grooming. Invest in a good brush that lifts loosened or dead hairs from the coat and smooths natural skin oils throughout. This should be an enjoyable activity for both you and your cat. If they struggle or appear stressed out by the comb or brush, ease them into it with positive reinforcement techniques (lots of praise and rewards). We also offer professional cat grooming services to keep Fluffy looking, well, less fluffy!
- Add certain supplements to your cat’s diet to keep their fur coat looking shiny and healthy. We can help you address your cat’s nutritional needs and find the right products to boost overall coat health.
- Make sure your cat is drinking enough water throughout the day. A dehydrated cat will have a dry-long, brittle coat that sheds more easily. Running water fountains are a wonderful addition to any cat feeding station.
Dangers of Shedding
Of course there are times when shedding goes a little too far. Please let us know if your ever notice the following signs of illness:
- Decreased self-grooming
- Withdrawing from your company
- Lack of appetite
- Litter box issues
- Scratching more than usual
- Dull, unkempt coat
- Patches of missing fur
If your cat’s fur coat starts to look different, they should be examined to rule out potential health concerns that would affect the skin and fur. Older cats may have more signs of illness that show up in the coat.
Making a Fuss For Kitty
Your cat cannot help when they shed. When you shift some priorities around to balance out their furry output you’re less likely to find it building up in corners. Additionally, you may find that laundering their bedding or favorite hang out spots will reduce how much fur piles up in the house (and on your clothing!).
If you have further questions about your shedding cat (or need a good recommendation for a vacuum that works best!) our veterinarians and staff members are always happy to help.