This intensive hair loss may concern you, but a certain amount of shedding is totally normal. In fact, cats shed some every day and go through one to two large sheds and hair growth cycles per year
Why are cats shedding so much hair?
Says Hanen Abdel Rahman Just as shedding hair is normal for people, so is it for cats. Felines usually lose more hair in spring, as the weather warms. But cats also shed because of medical issues such as stress, poor diet, allergies, medication, infection, and sunburn. … Feed your cat a healthy, balanced diet.
Top tips on how to prevent your cat from shedding their hair, ahead of the warm weather (fingers crossed) this summer.
Bath your cat once a month.
We hear you – no cat is going to enjoy that. But, it will help to remove excess and undercoat hair, and in the long run, give you cleaner furniture.
Brush your cat regularly.
This is the most effective way to reduce your cat shedding hair, as it helps to collect the fur before it falls out. If your cat has medium to long hair, a Slicker brush is best, and if they have short hair, we’d recommend a Dual-Sided brush.
Change their diet.
For a healthy coat, your pet needs a balanced and omega-rich diet. Our Purr cat food contains a balanced ratio of omega 6 and 3 fatty acids to help promote a healthy coat and prevent shedding.
Keep them hydrated.
Cats that don’t drink enough water, more often than not, have dry skin and coats, resulting in the moulting of their hair. So make sure you keep their bowl full to the brim with clean, fresh, cool water to drink.
Give them a place to call home.
If all else fails, give them a place they can cover in cat hair that’s their own – not your bed or the sofa. Place a comfortable bed where your cat enjoys sleeping to keep the excess hair contained.
Dr. Hanen Abdel Rahman suggests:
- Feed your cat a healthy, balanced diet.
- Brush and groom your cat regularly.
While grooming your cat, check for suspicious hair loss, redness, bumps, cuts, fleas, ticks, or other parasites. If you see signs of any of these problems or just aren’t sure why kitty is shedding so much, visit a veterinarian.
Cat Litter Box Issues
If the thought of litter box smells is keeping you from getting a cat, you’re not alone. With daily care, however, litter box odor is easy to control. And keeping a clean litter box will also help ensure that your cat will use it. To help minimize odors and maximize the chance of your cat using a litter box consistently, try these strategies:
- If bringing home a new kitty means you’ll have more than one cat in the house, be sure you’ve got enough litter boxes — ideally, one for each, plus one more. For example, if you have three cats, you should have four litter boxes. If a cat can’t use the litter box due to cat traffic jams, or if the box is consistently dirty, he may begin to go outside the box.
- A cat that consistently eliminates outside a litter box may have a medical problem. Always talk to your veterinarian before presuming the issue is unsolvable. It could be something that’s easy and inexpensive to address.
- Don’t overfill a litter box to avoid cleaning it as often. Clean litter up to twice a day if there are multiple cats using a box. Aim for about an inch or two of litter per box.
- Buy scoopable (clumping) litter, or small-grained clay litter, as research shows that cats seem to prefer fine-grained litter. As with any litter, you’ll need to clean the litter box daily, and dump the entire box and start fresh about once a month.
- Some cats prefer a cover on the litter box, but most don’t. Covered boxes tend to trap and magnify odors, so they need cleaning more often. Large cats may also have trouble maneuvering in them. The answer? Try both kinds of boxes, covered and uncovered, and see what your cat prefers before settling on one.