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Cat Shedding and Hair Removal

Your kitty is a delight in so many ways, but they can’t help leaving a little fur behind wherever they go. Cat shedding is normal for cats, but that doesn’t mean you just have to accept it. The right cat brush or cat hair remover can pull away loose fur from your cat’s coat so it doesn’t end up on your furniture. Using a cat comb can also mean your cat has to do less work in keeping their coat clean—you might find fewer hairballs around the house.

FAQs About Cat Shedding

All cats with fur shed. In fact, regular shedding is a sign of good health. However, that probably doesn’t make you feel better when your couch is covered in cat hair. One of the best ways to reduce cat shedding is to regularly groom your pet. Use a cat brush or cat comb to pull loose fur from your cat’s coat. Petco offers brushes in several forms, including a cat brush glove that lets you brush and pet your feline at the same time. You can also use a special cat shedding brush that is designed to pull dead fur. Consider grooming your long-haired cat several times a week. Short-haired cats typically need to be brushed once a week.

You can also lower your cat’s shedding by making sure their fur and skin are as healthy as possible. Feed your cat well-balanced wet or dry cat food. You can also give your cat vitamins and supplements—such as fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids—that help support a healthy coat.

While cats shed year-round, outdoor cats do have two heavy shedding periods. Feline shedding is influenced by daylight, a process known as “photoperiod.” Outdoor cats tend to shed the most heavily in spring to get rid of their winter coat and in the fall to prepare for their winter coat to come in. Indoor cats may not follow these same shedding patterns, especially if they live in a temperature-controlled environment.

Shedding is normal for cats, and long-haired cats may seem to shed more often because their hair is more noticeable. Additionally, outdoor cats typically go through two heavy shedding seasons, once in the spring and once in the fall. However, if you notice heavy shedding throughout the year or that your cat’s coat seems thin, this might signify an underlying issue. Heavy shedding may indicate fleas, allergies, ringworm, a poor diet or stress, among other causes. It’s best to schedule an appointment with your cat’s vet for a more thorough exam.