Originally Posted by cntrygrl
i have read that indoor cats shed year round....outdoor cats seasonal? my kitties are always shedding and they are indoor only.
This is true. I believe much of the explanation is because during the winter months, artificial lighting is on much more in darker hours.
Shedding is natural of course, but it's also directly proportional to levels of light exposure/intensity (along with breed types, hair length/density/, etc).
Indoor cat have both artificial lighting and heating mechanisms which affect shedding.
One of my cats is just starting to 'pull' 'old' 'winter' hair out, which is alarming to see, but it's not the same as excessive grooming (OCD). She has done this every year, starting around this time, whether or not I brush her.
Hard wood floors have been a blessing
The fur of 5 cats eventually form nice neat tumbleweeds along the edges, all the easier to swiffer or dyson up!