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How To Control Your Cat’s Shedding

Cane Bay Summerville - Control Your Cat's SheddingKitty snuggles are quite possibly the sweetest, most comforting and adorable thing there is. While the snuggles are great, kitty usually leaves behind a trail of hair, indicating exactly where she cuddled up on me.

I’ll be the first to admit that if I have black dress pants on or a nice sweater I’m wearing to a formal event, giving kitty extra love is the last thing on my mind. I quite frankly avoid even coming in contact with our cat to keep my clothes fresh for my outing.

If you have a cat, you’ve most likely noticed her hair everywhere as well. Is it possible to help control your cat’s shedding? I’m happy to tell you that it is. Here are a few tips to help keep kitty’s hair from getting everywhere.

Focus On Food

Food plays a big role in the overall health and luster of your cat’s coat. Maintaining a diet that is high in fatty acids such as Omega 3 and 6 is crucial to curbing your cat’s shedding. Keeping kitty properly hydrated is also essential.

PET-happy points out that it is easier to keep your cat hydrated with wet food. Using a type of food that is also high in Omega 3 and 6 not only reduces the amount of shedding, but it also keeps kitty’s coat cleaner and shinier, and it reduces greasy skin.

While you can simply investigate a cat food label to determine if it contains enough Omega 3 and 6, you can also talk to your veterinarian about using supplements if you believe kitty is not receiving enough fatty acids.

Supplements

If the food you’ve been purchasing simply does not contain enough nutrients, try checking out the local holistic pet food store. Typically, you will be able to find fish oil or fatty acid supplements that can enhance your cat’s diet.

If you are unsure about a particular product, talk to your vet before feeding it to your cat.

Brush The Hair Away

If a cat has not been brushed in awhile, her excess hair will oftentimes build up and maneuver its way into all the places you don’t want it. To help avoid this, it is perfectly acceptable to give your cat a good brushing two or three times a week.

Doing so picks up the extra hair and keeps it from becoming airborne or ending up on your furniture.

PET–happy also notes that the added benefits of brushing include fewer hairballs and mats in your cat’s coat.  

Keep Things Spick And Span

Staying on top of housework and keeping your living space clean and tidy will help keep hair off your furniture and clothes. Cleaning may not be fun, but I’ve found that using Snow White’s advice and “whistling while you work” makes the job a lot more bearable.

Doctors Foster and Smith recommend vacuuming frequently and using a lint brush to remove hair from your clothing. Using furniture covers that can easily be washed to avoid getting the hair directly on your couch is also a good idea.

Removing Hair From Furniture

Apart from cleaning frequently and using a lint roller, using a damp cloth to wipe up hair from furniture also works like a charm.

Animal Wellness Magazine suggests blowing up a balloon and rubbing it over furniture, allowing the static to pick up unwanted hair.

We hope you were able to learn a few tips about how to control your cat’s shedding.

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