Leaves fall, grasses wilt and pets shed. Shedding in pets is just a natural process as many others occurring in nature. There is really nothing that can be done to stop or reverse this process, however there are many things owners of cat shedding can do to reduce that almost constant accumulation of fur on chairs and sofas.
It is a fact that some cats tend to shed more than others. Of course, long haired cats will appear to shed more because they have furrier coats and their hair is longer. However, even in domestic short hair cats there seems to be some that tend to shed much more than others. Below are some tips on how to deal with that furry mess found just about anywhere in your home:
- Provide a good diet
Cheap cat foods found at most supermarkets will not do any good to a shedding cat. Many premium diets instead may offer many good supplements that are beneficial to the cat’s coat and skin. You will need to look at cat foods containing omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Supplements may also be a great addition, ask you veterinarian about supplementing your cat’s diet with helpful vitamins and minerals.
- Brush, brush and brush
Nothing helps reduce hair loss more than brushing your cat’s coat. Your cat will also bond with you, as many love to be brushed and cared for. A new product called the “furminator” may be a great product to invest in to see much less hair around. If your cat has long hair you want to equip yourself with some mat removing tools and take care in removing those mats. Slicker brushes may also be helpful in removing those dead hairs.
- Make Hair Invisible
Is hair everywhere? On your chairs, jackets, sofa? Try to use a pick up roller. These are sticky rollers that effectively will pick up hair that stick to it. You may find it a very helpful tool. Many veterinarians and staff use these rollers quite often between a vet visit and another. You may also preserve your furniture by tossing throws on them so when guests come over they can be put away quickly. A great vacuum for owners of shedding pets is Dyson. These effectively pick up hair because they have a very strong suction and the hair does not tend to get tangled within as other vacuums.
Shedding does not necessarily have to be a problem. As with most things in life, if you learn how to manage it, you will not have a problem. However, refrain from doing any of the above and you may easily find your home covered by layers and layers of unsightly hairs.
*Disclaimer: All remedies suggested are not to be used as a substitute for professional veterinary advice. If your pet is sick please refer to your veterinarian for a hands on examination. If your pet is exhibiting behavior problems please refer to a professional pet behaviorist.