It may be no surprise to see your cat happily grooming themselves. In fact, cats and kittens of all breeds enjoy this activity. While you may not think twice about your cat self-grooming, you may start to notice more cat fur in your home. Your pet may shed, but at what point should it be a concern? You may even find yourself asking, “Why is my cat shedding so much?” For this reason, we sat down with Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Sarah Nold to learn more about cat shedding and grooming tips to help your furry friend in the future.
Why is my cat shedding so much?
Dogs and cats shed. But, you may not always think of your cat as the reason for the pet hair found around the house.
Also, “the most common cause of shedding is normal seasonal shedding, which usually occurs in the spring and fall with changes in temperature,” says Nold.
Although seasons and temperature changes may play a role, it may mean something more is going on with your furry friend.
If you have any concerns, talk to your veterinarian and they can
determine the next best step for your best friend.
Are certain breeds more prone to
If you’ve recently brought home a cat, you may wonder about your cat’s fur and skin. Naturally, your cat’s breed may determine what type of fur they have like long-hair, medium-hair, short-hair, and hairless. Nold points out what else to consider when it comes to your cat’s fur.
“No certain cat breed is more prone to shedding, but shedding may be more noticeable in a medium or long-haired cat. Also, a hairless cat breed like a Sphynx will probably have less shedding.”
While your cat may have long fur, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll have a shedding problem. Every cat is different and they react differently to changes in season, temperature, environment, or even allergies.
Your cat may shed based on a seasonal change, but when does it become something more? For example, “shedding can become a concern if you notice areas of hair thinning or hair loss, like Alopecia,” inserts Nold.
breaks down what to look for when it comes to your furry family member.
Consider the following:
notice your cat exhibiting any of these signs, please seek the medical care of
your veterinarian. They can determine if additional medical tests are needed
for your best friend.
Your cat may groom themselves daily. But if your cat overly grooms, they may start to develop hairballs. Nold further explains the connection between cat shedding and hairballs.
“Shedding can also be a concern if your cat ingests large amounts of hair while self-grooming, as it can lead to the formation of hairballs. These hairballs can be large enough that they can block the GI tract and have to be surgically removed. Regular brushing of your cat, especially during seasonal shedding and with long-haired cats, can help prevent the formation of hairballs. If your cat has a tendency to form hairballs, talk to your veterinarian. They may recommend medication to help with the passage of hairballs through the GI tract.”
Why is my cat
shedding so much? It may be a medical condition, allergies, or a seasonal
It may be helpful to brush your cat weekly to help keep your furry friend’s coat in proper condition. After all, you don’t want a cat with matted hair. But by noting your cat’s behavior and seeking the expertise and guidance of your veterinarian, your best friend will be on their way to having a healthy coat in no time at all.
Does your cat shed? Tell us in the comments below.
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