Several factors can give rise to a cat shedding hair. Among these are the cat’s diet, its medical condition which may cause cat hair problems, and the changing seasons. For instance, when warmer weather returns cats usually shed the heavier coat they grow during the winter. Although it is not possible to prevent a cat from shedding, you can manage the amount of shedding through diet and grooming. Brushing will reduce cat shedding and hairballs and can strengthen the bond between you and your cat. Diet changes can boost the condition of the coat and your cat’s skin.
Cat Hair Problems – Managing Shedding with Proper Grooming
Brush your cat on a regular basis. If your cat has long hair or sheds greatly, you may have to brush it more or once every two to three days.
- Using a comb will help get the loosened undercoat to the surface.
- Conclude with a fast rubdown using fabric or a chamois.
- Avoid the face and ears while brushing, and be cautious near the sensitive belly area.
- If the cat does not stand grooming with a brush or comb, try using grooming gloves, which feel more like stroking.
- Miniature cat-grooming vacuums are another choice. The noise they produce may frighten your cat. You may have to begin with the hoover in another room, and slowly bring it closer over the course of weeks or a couple of days before the cat accepts the apparatus used on them. Using treats can be advisable to create a positive association.
Help accustom your cat to regular brushing. You may have to train your cat to take grooming. Be careful to your cat’s response and body language. Watch the cat’s body language to avoid overstimulating or overwhelming it.
- View for ear or tail twitching. If you see this quit brushing, praise the cat or offer it a treat, then let it go. Your cat may bite or scratch you, if you continue brushing.
Never allow a long haired cat’s hair to get matted. Cat hair matting not only causes pain and irritation to the cat but you may need to go to the vet and get your cat sedated whilst the vet removes clumps of hair that are too close to the skin for the owner to remove.
Should you bathe a cat as part of grooming?
In general most cats don’t need baths as they handle this fairly well through their daily fur licking habits. However it may not be possible for them to lick every part of their body and some owners may consider it necessary to occasionally give them a bath to clean areas their cat can’t reach or if there is a medical reason for doing so.
Your cat may not be enthusiastic about a bath, because most cats don’t enjoy water and if you insist on giving them a bath it may show its lack of appreciation by struggling and scratching you! If you want to do this you should do so gradually
- When you’re prepared to bathe your cat, begin by wetting its coat.
- Use a soap-free, oatmeal established pet shampoo to lather the fur but the cat’s face.
- Rinse the fur completely avoiding the eyes, nose, and ears.
- Dry the cat with a big towel.
As an alternative to a bath use cat-cleaning products. See a pet store and look for aerosols or wipes that clean a cat’s fur without water. These can replace baths entirely for cats that are uncooperative. Or, you can use them between tubs if the cat gets dirty or starts shedding.
Using the services of a professional groomer
If you’re unable to handle the shedding yourself, make an appointment with a professional groomer. A visit to a professional groomer may be necessary for cats with long, thick fur or for cats that react vigorously to grooming.
Consider having a long haired cat shaved per year to reduce shedding.
Control Cat Shedding Through Health and Diet
Feed your cat high-quality food and offer plenty of fresh water. A nutritious diet will help keep your cat healthy, which may lead to less shedding.
Because cats need animal-based proteins, these are crucial to a healthy cat’s diet.
- Dry cat foods and low-quality foods that are wet contain a lot of grains or other carbohydrates like wheat, corn, and soy. These ingredients aren’t as nutritious for cats as meat-based proteins. They may cause allergic or digestive problems that bring about dry skin and shedding.
Help an overweight cat shed weight. Overweight cats are prone to having more loose fur and have more difficulty grooming themselves.
- You can tell if you cat is heavy when you can’t without pressing feel its ribs. When looking from above at the cat if you don’t see a narrowing midsection in front of the hips, this is another warning sign.
A veterinarian can give your cat a specific diet plan if it’s required.
You can also try refraining from giving treats and reducing your cat’s consumption to the recommended quantities.
- Play with your cat regularly so it gets enough exercise.
Keeping cat’s hair and skin healthy using omega fatty acid food
Raise your cat’s intake of omega fatty acids. Omega 3 and omega-6 fatty acids are particularly crucial in keeping a cat’s skin and fur healthy. You can see omega fatty acids in wet cat foods that contain salmon oil or flax oil.
You may also purchase omega fatty acid supplements that you can feed your cat individually or mix into its food.
Your veterinarian is best able to judge diet modifications that are proper. But, adding if you cat is heavy should be safe and if you pick a supplement don’t go beyond the recommended quantity
Problems with fleas and other parasites
Make certain your cat doesn’t have fleas or other parasites. If your cat is scratching vigorously (and therefore perhaps shedding more), it could be the outcome of fleas or parasites.
Treat your cat for fleas if you find fleas or flea faeces. Subsequently, keep your cat on a monthly flea-control regimen. Request your veterinarian to assist you to choose a flea-control product.
Take your cat to the veterinarian if you’re unable to trace the source of the itching. Along with ectoparasites, your cat could have hypersensitivity to pollens, moulds, or grasses. All these can result in shedding and itching.
Keeping Hair Shedding Off Clothing and Furniture
1. Use a cat repellent spray. Look in pet stores for a cat repellent spray that’s safe for use on furniture.
- You can use both natural and commercial sprays to deter a cat from going (and then shedding) on surfaces you don’t need it to.
2. Get a cat bed. Where your cat enjoys sleeping put a cat bed that is comfortable. This will help keep the shedding contained to a small area and off of your furniture and floors.
- Cats generally prefer sleeping in areas that are somewhat concealed, safe, and warm. Try to find a place with those attributes and set up the cat bed there. If you don’t want cat hair shedding on your bed keep them out of your bedroom as you are not the only one that likes sleeping there!
- Store-bought cat beds may smell of unfamiliar places and stuff, which cats find discouraging.
3. Cover your furniture. You can then wash it to remove cat coat that is collected.
Drop a throw, mat, or pillowcase over that spot If there’s a particular spot on the furniture your cat frequents.
Clean up shed fur with a lint roller or hoover. Use lint rollers or a vacuum (some of which have anti-pelt fasteners) to clean up fur on clothing, furniture, and floors.
- Keep a lint roller in your bag or car so you can de-pelt your clothes after leaving the house.
Warnings on some cat hair problems
- bald spots, A dry coat, or excessive shedding can be symptoms of skin disease, parasites, or allergies. Take your cat to a veterinarian if you detect these issues.
- Cats spill more hair when stressed, which can occur after a brand new individual or pet or a major change for example the arrival or a move in the house. Using a still cat pheromone diffuser can help reduce your cat’s pressure, although the period of tension is usually temporary.
- If you’re sensitive to cat hair, your doctor may have the capacity to prescribe medicine if over-the-counter medications aren’t successful.
12 thoughts on “Cat Hair Problems. How to Control Your Cat Shedding Hair”
Thanks I have 2 cats, 14 and 15 and they didn’t used to shed to much but are now shedding more as they are getting older…is that normal? also one of them is overweight so I will have a look at your post on shedding weight…Thanks
As you cats are in their twilight years it might be a good idea to have your vet check them out as excessive shedding could be a symptom of health problems. Thanks for checking out my other posts.
Jim love your advice on removing cat hair. This is truly great and an issue that I constantly face being a cat owner. She spends so much time throwing up hair balls it’s really sad. Thanks for your great advice I will let you know how it works.
Thanks for your kind comments Brian. I do have another post on the subject of cat hair balls which you can find at this link:-
Thanks for your very explanatory article and the many tips for cat owners. And especially for the first 2 photos which resemble 2 of my cats, one of them died 2 years ago – and seeing “his” face here makes me a little sad. (he was my favorite). And he always slept with me, often bent around my head or touching my belly or back with his body. So for me the idea with a cat-bed is not working, but people who have more distance to their cats really can use your tips to not have their hairs all over the place. I have given up on it, fortunately I am not allergic. I have 5 cats who can come into the house whenever they like – and in winter they really like to stay in, but since the dog joined the pet family, the amount of hair on the floor has doubled which I need to sweep daily.
Btw. the connection of stress and an increased hair shed: I have observed that, too. (Maybe it applies also to humans??)
Hey Jim very interesting article on controlling your cat shredding problem, I don’t personally have cats, But for anyone looking to learn how to- they definitely need to read this article. I like the video you provided plus tons of valuable information for cat lovers. Fabulous Job My friend.
Wow some great advice here. Thanks! Barney my cat is just a massive headache when it comes to him losing his fur. Everytime before I go out I need to sellotape what I’m wearing to get all his hair off my clothing. Lol.
I will definitely be using some of your advice on here.
Thanks again for the great article
I’m really glad I found this because I’ve been starting to see cat hair all over my apartment because of my cat. Its bad because my mom is allergic to animal fur so everytime she comes over she gets the sniffles. I’ll try out your preventative measures here…
James, I really like the way you explain everything. I have always been one of those people that just let the cat do whatever they want, when they want, and how they want. But shedding is one of the things I need help with. I found the idea of ‘grooming gloves’ to be the answer with ours. Thanks again,
I comb and brush my cats pretty often . And they love it! When I’m brushing one cat, the other one lines up next to her as if to say, “It’s my turn”. LOL!
You are so right about choosing the right cat’s diet. It worked great when we tried.
Thank you Mary for those comments and so pleased to hear that my article segment on diet worked for you. Jim