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Asked by shelby935 - 6 years ago
My grey short haired tabby cat sheds way more then my Himalayan does, what should I do to make him stop shedding so much?
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explicate Level 12 / Military/Government Work
Answered 6 years ago
Certain breeds of cat shed more than others. Some people will swear that their short-haired breeds shed more than their longer-haired breeds, and vice-versa.

"Shedding in cats is a natural phenomenon. It will happen if you allow it. Shedding happens for different reasons, mainly depending on whether your cat spends much time outdoors or whether your cat is purely an indoor cat.

Cats that spend most, if not all, of their time outdoors tend to shed beginning in the spring months. You won’t see much if any shedding of your outdoor cat during the winter months, because they naturally will hold on to all their fur to use as thermal protection from the cold conditions. But at the first sign that the days start to lengthen and the sun spends more time out, they’ll start releasing their fur. It’s only natural.

For indoor cats, you may notice that they’ll shed at virtually any time of the year. The shedding of their coats largely depends on lighting conditions, air conditioning levels and the constant temperature control in your home. But typically indoor cats will shed at any point throughout the year.

Cats shed in order to remove dead hair from their bodies. Dead hair can cause skin irritation and thus needs to be gone. If you don’t remove it for them, they’ll release it on their own. This is what disgusts so many indoor cat owners: how do you keep your cats from shedding so much?

The answer is simple--daily brushing. If you have a problem with how much your cat sheds, brush your cat daily--or even twice a day. The more frequently you brush your cat and remove dead and loose hair from their bodies yourself, they won’t shed. If you brush your cat, you have full control over where the fur goes. (And you likely won’t decide to scatter it across your living room.)

When you brush your cat’s fur, get a comb or brush specifically designed for cats. These brushes are designed to pick up the most fur possible, and you can pick one up at your local pet store. You should spend a few minutes, brushing the hair all in the same direction, typically downward, starting with fluid motions from the cat’s neck to its tail. You’ll want to either brush your cat outside, or in a non-carpeted area where you can easily clean up the fur that you’re removing from your cat."

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kc5255 Level 38 / Out of the Workforce
Answered 6 years ago
For shorthaired breeds, use a short-bristled, slightly stiff brush that won't irritate the skin, or use a comb with close, small teeth. Brush or comb your cat every three to four days.
smohpal Level 22 / ENGINEER
Answered 6 years ago
Don't bother brushing. There is a glove you can get that removes the hair from pets, usually focused at dogs, which has rubber or plastic on the palm or fingers. This will remove much more fur than simple brushing will do. And my cat, when I last had one, used to enjoy it.

Brushing will not work unless you are brushing against the lay of the fur, which cats hate.

I am not aware of any products that prevent or even reduce an animal from shedding. Some companies make products designed to do this, but I’ve never heard anyone say that they think the products make much of a difference. Shedding is a normal process in the cat. Indoor cats shed all year round, with a slight increase during the spring and fall. In order to prevent significant hairball problems from developing, you should get in the habit of grooming your cat on a regular basis.
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lisalisa1 Level 13 / MR/DD Support Specialist
Answered 6 years ago
Cats make wonderful companions for people of all ages, but one of the biggest complaints from cat owners is related to shedding. Cats shed a great deal, and when the dander in the cat fur becomes airborne, it increasingly bothers people with allergies. There is no single way to eliminate shedding, but there are ways to minimize and manage your cat’s shedding. Minimizing shedding will not only help reduce the amount of cat hair in your home and on your things, but it will improve your cat’s overall health as well.

First, examine your cat’s diet. Cats should eat quality food formulated specifically for cats. Avoid feeding your cat human food and table scraps. Human food is more difficult to digest and can have an impact on your cat’s digestive system, which can in turn impact the health of the skin and coat. If your cat seems to be having difficulty with a new food, check with your vet about recommended brands.

Possibly the best thing you can do to minimize shedding is to keep your cat properly groomed. Cats are proud animals and spend a great deal of time grooming themselves, which is what causes hairballs. As cats groom, they ingest dead hairs that form hairballs in their stomach and later on your carpet. Cats may not seem to welcome the attention at first, but if you get in the habit of brushing them regularly, they will get used to it.

Brush your cat with a grooming brush made for cats, and also use a shedding tool for cats. A shedding tool is a stainless steel comb with blades that remove dead hair from the cat’s undercoat. Grooming your cat by brushing the topcoat and combing the undercoat once a day will minimize the amount of shedding.

You should also avoid bathing your cat too frequently. Cats do not appreciate baths and the experience stresses them out. Cats often experience periods of heavy shedding when they become stressed. A cat does not need to be bathed more than once a month, and once every three to four months is sufficient.

Remember that no product or food can completely eliminate shedding, which is a natural process for cats. A proper diet and grooming routine will help keep shedding to a minimum and will positively impact the overall health of your cat as well – leaving time for you to enjoy each other’s company.
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cjooste Level 2
Answered 6 years ago
Some cats shed more, some less, it all deoends and varies from cat to cat. If you are finding the grey is coughing up hairballs you could change their diet to a hairball formula diet, available through brands like Hills.
The only other way is by brushing him more, a daily brush would be best. Are you going through a seasonal change? That also affects the amount they shed.
Is he under any stress? That also affects the amount they shed. There are other causes, viral, dietary (when the diet is not balanced correctly). If kitty's healthy, viral would not be the cause.

As for brushing, use a compact brush not a wide-toothed one, and also use a shedding tool for cats. A shedding tool is a stainless steel comb with blades that remove dead hair from the cat’s undercoat.
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