shedding - long hair vs. short hair | The Cat Site
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Long-haired cats can benefit from starting with a shedding rake or comb which can reach down near the skin and dislodge some hair from the undercoat while leaving the outer coat mostly unaffected. Shedding rakes are long and stiff, which makes them ideal for getting deep under long fur. Cats with long, flowing fur can require brushing every two days at least.
With selective breeding, we now have cats with coats that range from the hairless Sphinx through curly-coated minimally-shedding Rex cats, to smooth-coated Oriental breeds with sparse undercoats, to domestic short-haired cats with a regular coat of guard hairs and a fine undercoat that provides additional insulation, and finally to long-haired cats with fine silky hair that tangles easily.How often should you brush your cat? It’s okay to comb your cat thoroughly a few times – let’s say two to three times – per week. Long-haired cats may require more frequent brushing as necessary to reduce shedding. The more often you brush your cat, the less he or she will shed. All pets shed. It's a myth that longhaired pets shed more than shorthaired ones. The former just appear to shed more because the hair they lose is more visible. Your cat's shedding may seem more prolific because much of the fur is white and thus shows easily on any dark-colored piece of clothing.For a cat with long fur, there is usually less shedding, but the matting is so much worse. If you have a cat with long hair, and she is getting her tongue stuck trying to groom herself, you have a mat on your hands. Because of this, you simply have to be willing to groom her. Again, use a detangling brush. She will love the time you spend with her, and she will feel relieved when she can lick herself without knots!Grooming is going to be easier-going with short-haired cats. You do not have to brush them, though I bet your feline friend will insist. A simple pet brush (like a rubber glove brush) will give you bonding time with your feline and get rid of the shedding at the same time. However, keep in mind that there is usually more shedding with short hair. Do you have all carpet? Plan on vacuuming two to three times a week to keep the pet fur off of your furniture. While it is still suggested to bathe your short-haired cat, it's not such a big to-do as with long-haired cats, and you surely do not have to do it as often.Different styles of brush work better on certain types of hair coats. Stiff bristle brushes will help remove loose hairs from cats with short coats or sparse undercoats, while long-toothed metal combs or brushes, especially ones with rows of offset tines, are useful to remove loose hair and smooth minor tangles in medium and long-haired cats. Combs such as the one pictured to the left of the illustration work well to remove clumps of loose undercoat if your cat is undergoing a heavy seasonal shedding, or for gently teasing out smaller mats behind the ears or along the back legs of long-haired cats. Whatever the choice of brush you use, it is important to be gentle when using it, and to avoid excessive pulling on tangles.