Keep shedding to a minimum this summer with these 4 helpful tips!
With summer just around the corner, this can take a toll on humans and cats alike. While we may work up a sweat, cats can become easily overheated with the temperatures steadily rising. Obviously all cats are prone to shedding (with the exception of the hairless Sphynx or Peterbald) but there are methods that you can implement to minimize shedding, especially in those summer months.
Here's a list of 4 helpful tips to cut down on kitty hair in your home during the summer:
1. It Begins With a Proper Diet
Just like the saying goes for humans, “you are what you eat” correlates to the feline kind as well. Many of the lesser expensive foods available at the grocery stores don't supply your cat with all the right nutrients that they need to fortify their skin and coat. Supplying your cat with a diet enriched in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids will work to soften and moisten their skin which in turn reduces shedding. And in all honesty, a wet food diet is actually best. If that isn't a reasonable option for you, try adding a vitamin supplement to your cat's dry food. Salmon oil is one that works great and your cat will likely love the fishy taste, too.
2. Bathing Every so Often
You may not want to think about having to bathe your cat (claws, ouch!) but by giving your cat a routine bath this can aid in the battle against shedding. It doesn't have to be too often, and it's best for both you and your cat if you introduce the process of bathing while they are still young.
3. Brushing is Vital
Whether your cat is longhaired or shorthaired, brushing is a crucial step for eliminating unwanted fluff balls of fur from floating around your home—especially during the summer when cats are more prone to shedding. For longer haired kitties, the summer months are when their coats naturally shed to relieve themselves of the coat that kept them warmer during those winter months. For my Maine Coon cat, I use a Pet Zoom brush that gently pulls off excess fur and relaxes him in the process with the gentle bristle strokes.
4. Perhaps it's Grooming Time
If you have a longhaired cat (think thick-coated Persian, for example) then making a trip to the groomer might be best come the summertime. Thick, dense coats have a tendency to matt easily and taking your longhaired cat to get a summer-friendly trim might be just what they need to keep them cooled off in the blazing heat.
- by Modi, owner of a ginger cat