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In Which Months Do Cats Shed?

We all know that living with cats requires dealing with hair loss. Most cats shed. Hairless breeds such as Sphynx and Peterbald or very short-haired breeds such as Cornish Rex and Devon Rex are exceptions to shedding.

Apart from that, cats, whether purebred or mixed breed, shed. The amount of shedding of cats varies depending on their individual characteristics and coat type.

Double Hair Structure of Cats

Some cats have double coat structures. In these feather structures, the clothes consist of two types of feathers. The outer coat consists of longer hairs, while the inner coat consists of short, dense hairs and helps insulate the cat. Cats' undercoat grows thicker in the winter, and their outer coat can also thicken in the winter.

When the weather gets warmer, cats shed most of their undercoat and some of their outer fur. While the inner hair keeps the cat warmer in winter, it increases air flow and helps the cat cool down in summer by ensuring that the outer hairs come into less contact with the skin.

Seasonal Hair Loss in Cats

Most cats shed more in hot weather. This allows the cat to get rid of its thicker fur in winter and prepare for warmer weather conditions in summer. Cats can also experience seasonal shedding in the fall, when summer coats are shed and replaced by winter coats.

Seasonal shedding may be less noticeable in single-coated and short-haired cats. Seasonal shedding can be quite dramatic in long, thick-haired, double-layered cats. This is especially true for cats that spend time outdoors, as temperature changes between seasons are more pronounced. Indoor cats may not experience such dramatic seasonal shedding because they live in a temperature-controlled environment, but they still shed continuously throughout the year.

Ways to Keep Hair Loss under Control

Seasonal shedding causes you to find more cat hair in your home, on your clothes, and even in the air. While many effective pet hair cleaners can be used to collect cat hair, it's easier to remove it from your cat before it gets scattered everywhere.

Grooming your cat throughout the year is a great way to keep shedding under control, but it's especially important during spring and autumn seasonal shedding. Combing catches hairs that are ready to fall out and are still stuck inside the feathers. Removing trapped hair is important to prevent discomfort to your cat and the formation of hairballs that are difficult to remove. When you notice your cat's shedding increasing, carefully combing it every day, or ideally continuing this practice throughout the year, will help minimize shedding and keep your cat's coat in top condition. When seasonal shedding decreases, you can also reduce the frequency of grooming.

Bathing your cat can also help reduce shedding. Most cats do not need frequent bathing unless they are very dirty, but bathing can help further loosen and remove shed hair. Before bathing your cat, it is important to comb its coat thoroughly and remove as much loose hair as possible.

Next, wash your cat with a gentle, moisturizing shampoo. Apply the shampoo thoroughly to the skin and remove loose hair by gently massaging it with your fingertips. Rinse your cat's fur several times to make sure the shampoo is completely removed, then dry it with a towel (if your cat agrees, you can also dry it using a hair dryer on a low heat setting and at least 40cm away).

Resisting Seasonal Shedding

For people who love cats, shedding is part of living. However, you can take precautions against hair loss to avoid completely covering your house with cat hair. Pay more attention to grooming during the spring and autumn months and consider a bath or two to speed up shedding. Once the seasonal shedding period is over, you will return to the normal amount of cat hair in the house.

If you suspect your pet is sick, call your veterinarian immediately. Always consult your veterinarian for health-related questions because they have examined your pet, know your pet's health history, and will be able to offer the best recommendations for your pet.

As a result, shedding is inevitable for cat owners. One of the most effective ways to deal with this is to adopt regular combing and washing practices. In this way, you can significantly reduce hair loss in your home and keep your cat's fur looking healthy and beautiful.

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