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Is your cat shedding?

When you live with a four footed feline, it will teach you one or more things about how to deal with cat hair. The issue will become apparent if you become humiliated when your guest stands up from the dinner table with a big cotton ball of hair! How do you rid your home of substantial amounts of pet hair; enough to make sure that none of your subsequent guests will be affected while visiting your home?

Shedding

The process of shedding helps to remove unwanted hair from your cat’s body. This happens to allow for new and healthy hair growth. The well-being of your cat is essential to having healthy coat. The cat’s coat offers protection from the sun as well as from any physical shock. Additionally, shedding will regulate the body temperature of your cat.

Outdoor cats

If your cat spends a lot of time outdoors, then shedding will take place in the spring or summer time. Amazingly, shedding is not due to the temperature fluctuations, but instead by the kind of photoperiod exposure. Cats that live indoor will shed the same way throughout the year because of the exposure to artificial light; causing their bodies will be confused of the seasonal changes.

Even though, shedding is normal and healthy, as a pet owner, you should have concern when you see excessive shedding. There are several medical conditions that result in excessive hair loss. Some of these include:

·         Parasites

·         Allergies

·         Bacterial Infections

·         Abnormalities with hormone

If your cat’s coat shows any scabs or bald spots, you should immediately go to a veterinarian.

Tips for reducing the shedding:

Regular brushing- Regular brushing of your cat’s coat for a few minutes daily should be your main focus. Of course, the daily brushing won’t get rid of the shedding, but the accumulated hair in the brush won’t be all over your house. Additionally, if your cat’s coat is matted, brushing will detangle it. If your cat has short hair, brush at least once each week. Select a brush specifically for your cat’s coat.

You can use anti-shedding wipes if your cat doesn’t like to be brushed. However, bear in mind that these wipes are not as effective as the use of a brush. Never force an unwilling cat to brush. The cat will feel stressed and this will only cause more shedding. 

Nutrition and Diet – Additional shedding can be caused by poor nutritious. You should always ensure that your cat receives a well-balanced and quality meal each day.  Select a brand that has a high level of protein and doesn’t have any by-products or grain fillers.

Get rid of stress- Has your cat shed during a vet’s visit? If so, it may be due to the fact that your cat associates stress to a vet’s visit. Your cat may find other situations stressful such as confronting other cats, environment changes and being left alone for long periods of time. Reduce any stressful situation and take care of your cat’s health.

Tips to cleaning areas with pet hair:

Furniture and floor – What area in your home does your cat hang out? Place towels or cloth in those areas. Doing so will allow you to gather up a towel or cloth and get it washed. You won’t have to clean up hair on furniture or floors prior to the arrival of the guests.

Regularly vacuum and dust floors – If you don’t regularly vacuum or dust your floors, hair will get all over the house. Carpeted areas in the home are prone to holding pet hair. Use a Swiffer on your floors instead of a broom. It will sweep the floor more effectively. 

Lint rollers- Lint rollers help to get hair off of sofas, clothing and other furniture.

Moist towel- Use a moist towel to get rid of cat hair on your fabric furniture. Wipe the whole sofa, for example, in a circular motion. The damp texture of the towel will catch the hair and roll it in a ball to be easily disposed.

Conclusion

Be mindful that shedding is a typical and healthy experience for cats. Even though, you are unable to completely stop the cat’s shedding by using these simple methods, you can use them to manage and maintain your feline’s hairy situation.

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