Nov 20, 2014 - Is your cat shedding excessively
Shedding is a cat’s natural process of losing dead hair. Outdoor may lose more hair in the spring and fall and retain more fur in the winter, while indoor cats can shed all year round. Regularly your cat and vacuuming hair from your house should minimize the inconvenience of shedding. However, if you see bald patches in your cat’s fur or notice a significant loss of hair, the underlying cause may be a health-related problem and should be investigated by a veterinarian.
Certain diseases too cause excessive shedding. Hyperthyroidism in cats can also trigger the shedding. This is a condition where there is malfunction of the thyroid gland.
Are you sure there isn't a health or nutritional problem involved? That sounds like an awful lot of shedding, compared to the similarly stressed-out cats you deal with. 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. The truth about cat shedding is that this is a normal, natural process in a cat’s life. Humans have periods of hair growth and shedding too. Shedding is how animals replenish their fur and keep it in good condition. The easiest way to protect your furniture from cat hair is topurchase a protective slip cover and place it on the furniture all thetime or just during your cat's excessive shedding periods. Covers nolonger have to be plastic and tacky. There are many cloth optionsavailable that are stylish and machine washable. Cats shed in order to remove dead fur from their bodies. Dead fur can cause skin irritation so it needs to be removed. If the dead fur is not removed via combing and grooming, the cat’s body will remove it by shedding it. There are two breeds whose shedding is minimal - the Cornish Rex, which has short, curly fur that lies close to the body, and the Devon Rex which has similar coat of thin curly fur across its body. Because of their very short and fine fur, the shedding from these two breeds is barely noticeable. There is one breed that does not shed and that is the purebred hairless Sphynx. This cat is not completely hairless because it has a fine down all over its body. This breed is rare and it needs a special kind of care, but is a good choice for people with allergies. Shedding is considered a sign of health in a cat, because sick cats do not shed their fur. Shedding occurs for different reasons, but depends largely on the amount of time your cat spends outdoors or whether your cat is purely an indoor cat. The shedding is largely influenced by daylight, and this is called the “photoperiod”. The number of hours a cat is exposed to sunlight in a day (photoperiod) triggers the shedding process. In addition, shedding varies considerably among the different breeds. Indoor cats shed at any time of the year and the amount of shedding hair is less than outdoor cats due to the artificial light inside the house, and from the controlled temperature in your home. Well...shedding does not ever stop, but you should be able to get it under control to a certain extent. Get a "furminator" for cats at the pet store. These will take out a lot more hair than a brush. Start slowly and be sure to read the directions. Most cats like it and you can get a ton of hair out. Good luck, and good for you for taking care of this kitty.