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With summer winding down, our cats will soon sport their thicker winter coats, shedding their lighter summer coat they got in the spring. Eric R. Christensen, DVM, of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine writes that each cat hair goes through a three-stage life cycle: a growing period, transitional period, and a resting period. After a hair has gone through those periods, it, ‘remains in the follicle as a dead hair until it is removed or shed.’
Ateret after a good brushing using the FURminator
There are several factors that play into how much cats shed. A large reason is the natural cycles of light which occur in nature. An indoor cat’s body is thrown off by living indoors where lights are on at hours that don’t coincide with Mother Nature. Other reasons include temperature, nutrition, hormones, body chemicals, genetics, and the health of the cat.
Cats shed, and their pet parents must accept it. Regular grooming is necessary, even if cats are short-haired, and there are many combs and brushes on the market. Since our friends will be getting their fall coats soon, and the holiday season will be upon us sooner than we think, here are some products that pass muster in my house that you might like to try:
My top pick is the FURminator®. You won’t believe all the hair that comes off of your cat when you try this wonderful tool. It comes in short hair (2” or less) or long hair, and what’s called a First Groomer for kittens. It’s a patented de-shedding tool that has, according to Furminator.com, ‘deShedding edges designed to reach beneath the short topcoat to gently remove undercoat and loose hair. Used and recommended by professional groomers and veterinarians, FURminator® deShedding Tools for Cats reduce shedding up to 90% and prevent dangerous hairballs from developing.’
The Kong Zoom Groom is not only a brush - it provides a nice massage for your cat. It comes in multiple colors and it removes loose hair, and, according to the description on Amazon.com, it, ‘stimulates capillaries and natural oil production.’
Another nice brush is a slicker brush. A slicker brush is wonderful for removing mats, tangles, and dead hairs. It’s excellent for cats with sensitive skin, and is used by many groomers and veterinarians.
Whatever you choose to use to groom your cat, make sure you get your young cat used to grooming as soon as possible, and offer a nice treat when you're done, as I say in my home, 'playing beauty shop.'