Your shedding cat can become a nuisance when his hair is clinging to everything from the living room couch to your favorite sweater.
And if he is prone to hairballs this can really be quite messy and uncomfortable for the cat. While excessive shedding can be a sign of illness, most shedding is natural for the cat and is just part of living with these lovely creatures.
Cats, like any other animal, grow more fur in winter for protections. Your outdoor cat will shed this extra fur in spring but your indoor cat may shed all year long. This shedding is natural and necessary as excess dead hair needs to be removed or it can cause skin irritation. So how do you reduce the amount of hair from your shedding cat?
The best way, of course, is frequent brushing. Yourcat may even enjoy this!
My own cat loves to be brushed and purrs away rubbing up against the brush to be sure I get his favorite areas. It can be a great time to bond with your cat. On the other hand, your cat may hate it and you will have your work cut out for you to get him used to the daily brushing. In this case you will want to introduce him to the brush slowly – maybe a couple of strokes the first day working up gradually to a full brushing. Maybe offering him a tempting treat along with the brushing will help.
To successfully brush your shedding cats, make sure to use a brush and comb that are designed for cats. You can use a metal comb or wire brush or a cat shedding blade that is designed to remove the dead hair. When brushing the cat, use fluid strokes that go in the direction of the hair growth.