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This gene controls the coat’s "ticking," or banding of colors on a cat’s fur. The dominant allele, A, produces banded furs which help to create the tabby pattern. The recessive allele, a, makes the cat’s fur a solid color from tip to root.
For shorthair cats with dense coast, hard brushes are best, and keep fur from knotting. Soft brushes can be used on cats with short, sleek coats. Pin or wire brushes have metal bristles that are farther apart than regular brushes, and are best to keep longhair cats' coats from knotting.
While a poor coat or flakiness can indicate a health problem, the primary reason is low-fat diets — particularly for cats on weight-reduction plans, says nutritionist Joseph Wakshlag, DVM, Ph.D., at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. “Poor coats are fairly common. Perhaps 10 percent of a general veterinarian’s patients have poor coats.”Vitamin A is also essential for healthy coats. There are sufficient quantities in pet food, so deficiencies are rare. While pets with alopecia (hair loss due to arrested follicle function) may respond to additional amounts of vitamin A in their diet, I would hesitate to recommend vitamin A supplementation in cats. There is some evidence that cats fed an overabundance of foods that are too high in vitamin A—for example, cats eating all cow’s liver—can develop lesions in their vertebrae.Owners of purebreds, such as American Wirehairs, understand their cats coats. The goal for all cats: The coat should be clean, neither excessively dry or oily, with the right density of guard and undercoat hairs. Shedding in cats can be controlled with frequent brushing and combing. Daily brushing and combing removes loose and dead hair and helps keep a cat’s skin and coat healthy. Cats with healthy fur coats who are groomed regularly do tend to shed a bit less. Cats in the wild generally shed their coats twice yearly; in the spring to lose the heavy winter undercoat and in the fall in preparation for the "grow-in" of the next winters' undercoat. However, since we have domesticated cats and subjected them to air-conditioning in summer and artificial heat in winter, their systems have become confused enough to put them into a constant shedding state. This is normal. Whether purebred or mixed breed, a key to good brushing lies in the length of a cat’s coat. A cat with a very short, single coat similar to the Siamese, Burmese and Cornish Rex needs very little brushing. The dense-coated shorthaired cats like American shorthairs; British shorthairs and Scottish folds require a monthly brushing session. Semi-longhaired cats resembling Maine coons should be combed and bathed even more regularly. Cats with long, flowing coats resembling the Persian should be combed and have their faces cleaned at least every other day, and they should be bathed weekly or bi-weekly.