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Is it shedding season?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
I can't believe how much my cats are shedding lately. I am picking up and vacuuming little tufts of fur every day! Maybe it's the weather getting a little warmer? I have all long haired kitties so their fur gets really thick during the winter and now they seem to be shedding so much more than usual. Maybe I don't brush them enough? Do you think a good brushing more often will help with this?
post #2 of 23
well its the same in my house and with 4 cats, theres dust bunnies rolling all over the place I brush 3 of mine as my latest addition Teddy is having abit of trouble settling to the idea of a strange thing whizzing over his coat
post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 
Oh, I know, my one cat Fluffy (the fluffliest of them all) tries to bite and scratch the cat brush when I brush him. He doesn't hate it but he thinks of it as play time more than anything. lol
post #4 of 23
Yes, my cat has been shedding more than usual as well.... And I'm from Arizona- so I don't understand it's warm here year round. I really don't think he would be shedding his "winter coat"... hmmm ?
post #5 of 23
i have read that indoor cats shed year round....outdoor cats seasonal? my kitties are always shedding and they are indoor only.
post #6 of 23
my kitties always shed but not as much as seasons change When the seasons change u better watch out, cause the hair is coming and going everywhere For the most part i do brush them daily well blue and stormie i have issues with cause htey think its playtime, and well the others love it but no matter what they still shed and get hair everywhere, u should see the sweater I am wearing right now im covered in cat hair, all of my hoodies are like that too Also about outdoor cats only shedding seasonally well thats not true imo because my willies indoor outdoor and hes sheds all the time, but when seasons are changing its crazy but its the same for the others as well!
post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by cntrygrl View Post
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!
post #8 of 23
Yes it is shedding season in most regions as the days get warmer and longer ...
post #9 of 23
oh gosh yes. my 3 are shedding more too. Nobody can pick up one without looking like a ragdoll themselves afterwards

I just keep combing and thanking the dyson company for making the animal vacuum so i can get it up off the floors.. we're all carpet here.
post #10 of 23
My cats have been shedding more lately too, well not Chloe, she's a short hair and hardly ever shedds. But Anya's hair is a bit different, I wouldn't say she's a long hair, but she shedds alot. I jsut try to brush her some everyday, even though she doesn't really like it. The more hair I can brush away the less she'll ingest when grooming. Hopefully that'll mean less hairballs!
post #11 of 23
Radar is losing his winter bloomers at the moment - he's a shorthair but I've been joking that he's shorthair on top and mediumhair underneath he got so fluffy round his tummy and back legs. It's mostly undercoat with him, his undercoat is longer than his topcoat if that makes sense

But yes balls of white fluff everywhere right now.

Indoor cats do shed seasonally, but I think not as quickly, so it seems to be going on for a while.
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Yes it is shedding season in most regions as the days get warmer and longer ...
It's odd because Poe is a Short Hair, but for the last month he has been shedding like crazy. I can groom him for 20 minutes straight and still there's more hair. And the next day he'll be leaving tufts behind again.
post #13 of 23
I used a furminator deshedding tool today on the cats.
There was hair everywhere, especially on me. I have never seen that much come off in one session. If I wasn't sure if it was worth it, I am now. Unbelievable.
Amazon has them on sale now too. I paid full price at Petsmart a while back.
http://www.amazon.com/FURminator-Med.../dp/B000FSFNVI

~Rhonda
post #14 of 23
Ah, yes, it is that special season...Bella left me a nice big hairball on the carpet yesterday as a reminder. She won't let me brush her, so she's yacking it up...Stan looooves the brushing and he's been hairball free so far. He does, however leave little tufts of Stanley all over the hardwoods...
post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by jean-ji View Post
I used a furminator deshedding tool today on the cats.
There was hair everywhere, especially on me. I have never seen that much come off in one session. If I wasn't sure if it was worth it, I am now. Unbelievable.
Amazon has them on sale now too. I paid full price at Petsmart a while back.
http://www.amazon.com/FURminator-Med.../dp/B000FSFNVI

~Rhonda
I dont know petsmarts price but the local store had it cheaper than petco so I too bought one////

YIPPY ... Kandie loved the feel of it and I got a quarter cat off in just about 10 minutes
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by jean-ji View Post
I used a furminator deshedding tool today on the cats.
There was hair everywhere, especially on me. I have never seen that much come off in one session. If I wasn't sure if it was worth it, I am now. Unbelievable.
Amazon has them on sale now too. I paid full price at Petsmart a while back.
http://www.amazon.com/FURminator-Med.../dp/B000FSFNVI

~Rhonda
oh, interesting.. glad to her a proper review. I saw one back a few months ago in a store but just wasn't sure if it was truly worth it.
post #17 of 23
My boyfriend and I just got one for our cat after I saw my mother using one on our 70 lb dog (you would not believe the quantity of fur; it was actually like the photos on the Furminator website). We haven't been able to use it that much since Audrey is recovering from a spay, but it definitely works!

It just pulls the undercoat and shedding fur right up to the surface. Amazing. Also, she seems to like the feeling. I wonder if the slight tugging sensation is similar to when they wash themselves.

We got ours from an e-bay shop for 22.99 plus 5.00 shipping.
post #18 of 23
I believe it is shedding season, I have been finding cat hair in my food.

I also gave my cats baths which is easier than brushing.
post #19 of 23
I love the furminator!! I get enough hair off of Stan to knit a sweater (which would be soft, but --yuck ).
Bella would have nothing to do with it and tried to bite it. I've had some luck with the zoom groom on her, but I have to bribe her with kibble or she growls

Stan is a year-round shedder, Bella really seems to have stepped it up a notch since it has been warmer.
post #20 of 23
I'm another satisfied Furminator user!! Wow...it really works as advertised! Well worth it IMO.

They seem to tolerate it better than most other combs and brushes too.
post #21 of 23
Question, Did you buy the small or medium Furminator?
I have a DSH - extra thick hair according to my vet &
a real shedder seems all year round but especially in spring.
I use the zoom groom which works great, but thinking
of getting this too.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by Ms.Blackie View Post
Question, Did you buy the small or medium Furminator?
I have a DSH - extra thick hair according to my vet &
a real shedder seems all year round but especially in spring.
I use the zoom groom which works great, but thinking
of getting this too.
I got the small one. A lot of people recommended the medium one, but I was still iffy on whether my cats would put up with this, so I went with the small since it was less money.

I'm happy with the small one. I like the size of it. I don't have any really big cats, though. The medium is just wider...it would save a few strokes I guess.
post #23 of 23
I recently bought the Furminator (based on recommendations from this board ) and LOVE it. I bought the medium one, but Wally is on the big side , for most cats I think the small would be fine.
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