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Dealing With Cat Hair


fluffy catOne of the most common side effects of owning cats is the constant barrage of cat hair accosting the average home. Sadly, owning cats will mean having to deal with their hair from time to time, but there are ways to lessen the problem. Here are just a few tips for managing cat hair.


Understand Why Your Cat Sheds:


Most animals with fur have it as a means to stay warm in harsh weather. Cats, like just about every household pet, don’t actually need fur to stay warm anymore as modern convenience has replaced the obvious need. However, when the seasons change so will your pet’s fur condition, so in the winter they will grow more and in the spring they will shed like crazy. It’s just a simple cause and effect thing that happens the same time every year. Knowing this can help quite a bit.


The Basic Strategy:


Cats shed so that they can make way for a new coat and replace damaged hairs, plus the aforementioned seasonal shift. Hair that’s ready to shed is loose and can be removed with a simple sweep of a brush or even a hand in most cases. That’s why a good regular brushing will do wonders to reduce to overall amount that accosts your home. Plan ahead and schedule a regular time for the brushing every day or once a week if your cat doesn’t seem to have much of a problem. Keeping continual on your anti-shedding method will do wonders for the overall amount. A cat with a well-groomed coat won’t have much more to shed, right?


The best strategy is to find a brush with strong bristles and groom away. The majority of felines won’t fight a good, deep brushing since it just plain feels good. Controlling when and where your kitty sheds will reduce their hairy effect anywhere else in the house. There’s a strong chance that at the end of every one of these sessions you’ll have a fuzzy ball the size of your cat’s head, but that’s to be expected. Better that than a layer on your sofa.


The Advanced Strategy:


At times your cat’s shedding will need some drastic measures to handle, so you may need to bathe your furry friend every so often. Bathing a cat is a very tricky ordeal, and it shouldn’t be a regular occurrence unless our vet has specifically recommended it as it can remove some of your cat’s natural oils, but it will certainly help if done once a season changes or so.


The Most Advanced Strategy:


Shaving your pet shouldn’t be a go-to option, but a step further certainly is: Getting a hairless breed. There are plenty of hairless or nearly hairless breeds such as the extremely popular sphinx, the devon rex, or the peterbald. Going hairless very easily sidesteps the issue of shedding, but a lot of the time it does introduce a new bit of care, which is to help keep your pet’s skin properly cared for. Hairless breeds more commonly need baths to help their skin soak up moisture and keep from drying out.


Unless you’ve decided on a breed that doesn’t shed at all, you’ll just have to deal with some cat fur on your clothes and furnature. It’s unavoidable, but it can be lessened significantly. Naturally, a good lint roller will be essentially for any feline friendly home though.



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