Cat Shedding: A Guide

Cat Shedding: Reasons Behind All That Hair!

Cat shedding is a natural process through which cats get rid of their dead hair. This can also be seasonal happening usually in the spring. How much hair a cat will shed is dependent on the breed of the cat, their nutrition and their health.

Excessive Cat Shedding: When Is It Time To Worry?

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  • Your cat’s over grooming herself.
  • The cat’s coat has become extremely thin.
  • Producing hairballs more often or vomiting.
  • If there is a redness, bumps or cuts on the skin.
  • Presence of fleas, ticks or other parasites such as ringworm.

If it is any of the above it’s probably best to have your cat checked out by a vet.

Some reasons for excessive shedding:

  • Allergies – food or environmental.
  • Stress
  • Parasites
  • Skin infections
  • Poor nutrition
  • Medication
  • Sun burn

For a more detailed look at symptoms and reasons for excessive shedding do take a look at this article: Cat Losing Hair

What Is Cat Deshedding?

Deshedding is a cat grooming method that helps remove dead hair. This keeps the fur healthy and free from matts/knots/tangles. Thereby also reducing the amount of fur your cat will ingest while grooming herself.

DIY Cat Deshedding

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  • Brush two to three times a week. Longer haired cats may require more frequent brushing.
  • Bathe your cat but only if it does not add extra stress that will end up aggravating the shedding.
  • Make sure your cat is getting enough Omega 3 and Omega 6 as this helps keep the coat soft and healthy.

A whole host of deshedding tools are available in the market to help you with deshedding at home. If you prefer you can get the deshedding done professionally at your local pet groomer.

Deshedding is part of the cat grooming services that we offer. Cal 9663077496 to book your appointments.