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Cats and Shedding

Does your Hancock County cat shed a lot? Shedding is one thing cat owners frequently ask about. Shedding is a natural process for cats, and is part of the normal cycle of replenishing that beautiful fur. All cats shed, but some shed more than others do. One common misconception is that longhaired cats always shed more than shorthaired cats. This isn’t necessarily the case. Cats in warmer climates, however, may shed less than cats in colder areas, and outdoor kitties tend to shed more than indoor furballs. Sometimes cats shed excessively when they are nervous or frightened. Cats that do not enjoy car rides, for instance, may shed very heavily on the way to the vet’s office.

While there is nothing you can do to prevent shedding, there are a few ways to help make it more manageable for both you and your furball. Here are a few tips:

Nutrition

Make sure your feline furry is getting proper nutrition. Healthy cats have healthy, shiny fur, and may shed less. Cats that are fed mostly wet food get more moisture content, which is good for their fur and may also help keep shedding down. Ask your vet for recommendations about vitamin supplements.

Grooming

Brushing Fluffy will not stop her from shedding, but it will ensure that her fur ends up in a brush, rather than on your couch. Grooming will also help keep your cat from getting hairballs. If you have a kitten, it’s best to get her used to brushing while she is young, but if your adult cat has never been brushed, don’t assume it’s too late to try. Many cats seem to understand that being brushed is a form of being pampered, and will therefore tolerate the beauty treatment, if only for short periods of time. It really depends on the cat. Some cats absolutely love being groomed, while others clearly hate it. If your cat is difficult to brush, or has long, thick fur, a professional groomer at peak shedding times may help.

Tactics

Getting your kitty a comfy bed of her own will not only please your cat, it will help you by keeping much of Fluffy’s excess fur confined to one spot. You can run the bed through the dryer once a week to keep it clean. Putting a small blanket or pillowcase down on Kitty’s favorite nap spots may also help keep cat fur off the furniture.

If your cat constantly licks, bites, or scratches herself, or if she is shedding excessively or losing fur in patches, then you’ll want to contact your Hancock County vet and get her checked out.

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