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post #1 of 16
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Does anyone know how long the cat shedding its coat season lasts as our two cats seem to have been shedding for weeks  kitty.gif  laughing02.gif

post #2 of 16
It depends from temperature I believe, shedding continues as long as they are feeling hot I guess.

One of mine has been shedding for more than a month, first spring came and bright long days, then temperature started climbing up and as they adjust amount of fur to temperature it can take quite long sometimes, temperature adjustment is not happening very quickly, it takes time until it happens.

But I think there is also that routine shedding which is perhaps separate thing but sometimes these two come one after another so that it appears as longer shedding season. Anyway that is what my imagination tells me, might not be actual reason for longer season.

Mine don't even shed same time of the year, there can be even 2 months apart, so this means there is shedding happening from early spring to late summer, it is a lot of fur.

I have allowed mine to roam into warehouse that is adjacent to house, there is cold concrete floor which makes them feel bit colder and that has slowed a bit of shedding, best part is of course that they are not shedding inside to house as much. Every shirt I have have fur coverage, no matter how much I remove it, there will be at least on that jumps on lap and rubs well to shirt so that there is white fur on dark colored shirts which is next to impossible to remove completely. Adding to label 1% natural cat fur is perhaps easier solution to that issue too.

Battle against fur is futile biggrin.gif
post #3 of 16
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Thank you  for your reply JTbo  biggthumpup.gif  I think I could stuff a mattress with the amount of fur that is on their blanket laughing02.gif

post #4 of 16

l'm so glad you asked this question, as one of mine has been shedding for quite a while too.

lt's odd because l heat my house to 24 degrees C at winter, and cool it to 24 at summer, so l'm surprised he's shedding so much, while the other two are showing no signs at all.

l got a Furminator thinking it would get rid of all the loose hair and it would be done, but it seems to make things worse! Have you tried the Furminator? l think l could keep brushing him and the shedding would never stop, he'd just end up bald.

 

post #5 of 16
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Hi Andrya wave2.gif I have not heard of the Furminator.     I was thinking of wrapping them in cling flim laughing02.gif  only kidding 1bluewinky.gif.

post #6 of 16
Furminator is good, or one of it's clones which are cheaper. I had one too, but I have not found it anymore, I have kept all brushes and alike at small counter/night table thing, where cats can easily access them, one day I noticed that furminator clone missing and I have looked everywhere, but haven't found it, I suspect that cat has taken and hidden it, maybe even moves it to different stash, they tend to do that with their toys too, also when I had mobile phone one took it and stashed under the flooring, at their room there is nice gaps to hide things into as it is frozen floor renovation project there.

I think that I need to get new one, those who allow brushing seem to like that one too. Also they know to pick up brush and bring it to me when wanting to brush, but sometimes they attempt to brush themselves which is not too succesful because brush moving, so maybe something like a brush but which could be bolted to wall or kept floor would make them brush themselves?

I forgot roll of barbwire to stairs once, silly cat was using it as a brush, he did not mind it being sharp needles he was rubbing him against to. Well I did move that roll quite quickly away, who knows if cat pokes his eye to such sharp 'needle'.

Maybe piece of cork and some wall pins with enough small head would work, just hammer pins to cork and attach that to wall, would be kind of brush then? There are of course ready made products, but they might cost a lot.
post #7 of 16

The furminator is good, but honestly a slicker brush pulls as much hair off of my DSH's, it just takes longer. The furminator knock off I got from walmart works wonders on Dax who is DLH. I can't remember the name of it but it is black and yellow with more curved ends than the furminator. The furminator gets used the least and I wish I wouldn't have spent so much money on it. 

Also yes I could keep brushing and brushing and more fur will always come off. I still like to think it helps to brush them. lol.

post #8 of 16

OMG, l just came back to this thread and saw the picture l posted. lt looks like l've brushed a bald spot in my cat! l just wanted to assure everyone that it is not a bald spot - l just parted his hair there to show that he's black on the outside and white on the inside, so that it accounts for the white fur being brushed out of him.

l'm surprised l wasn't flamed, lol laughing02.gif
 

post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by luvmy4 View Post

The furminator is good, but honestly a slicker brush pulls as much hair off of my DSH's, it just takes longer. The furminator knock off I got from walmart works wonders on Dax who is DLH. I can't remember the name of it but it is black and yellow with more curved ends than the furminator. The furminator gets used the least and I wish I wouldn't have spent so much money on it. 

Also yes I could keep brushing and brushing and more fur will always come off. I still like to think it helps to brush them. lol.


l agree. l already had a slicker brush that does a good job. The only thing l didn't like about it is that it generates a lot of static - more than the furminator, in our case. Maybe because although Rhys is a shorthair, his outer coat is fairly long, or stands out from his body, and he has a very thick undercoat. l think the slicker gets in deeper.

post #10 of 16

I find it an enormous help to give them a good once-over daily with the flea comb, it removes any loose hairs, comb until the comb doesn't stop from fur resistance, and glides along nicely. It will take a few times to get the fur that's backed up to be gone, but if done daily has dramatically reduced the crazy amt of floating fur and barfed up hairballs :)

Plus the flea combing feels great to them!

post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Andrya View Post


l agree. l already had a slicker brush that does a good job. The only thing l didn't like about it is that it generates a lot of static - more than the furminator, in our case. Maybe because although Rhys is a shorthair, his outer coat is fairly long, or stands out from his body, and he has a very thick undercoat. l think the slicker gets in deeper.

Rhys does look more medium haired than my DSH kitties. I haven't noticed static with the slicker except on Dax. The slicker also doesn't pull much fur out on his long hair.
I though the bald spot was a second pile of fur. Lol
post #12 of 16
My little one gets bit nervous when brushing, she was not socialized and is a rescue so we are still working on with 'humans not being scary monsters'-part. Today she got bit more stressed up than usual and started to shed a lot when I was brushing, she was rubbing head against my nose and being vocal that she does not want to, which resulted my face being covered with fur.

Stress makes them shed a lot too and they can get stress from silly things, even such that door being open or closed can affect to some.

Brush was full after few pulls, but at the end she did found it was ok and treats did make it all better of course. But training is sometimes bit hard, when one is such tiny and afraid so I get afraid hurting her by accident, then she is making noises as so afraid, something I'm wondering if I start to shed hair off:

But few years of these challenges and she should be ok with the brushing too.

I call her little one as she is only half the size of normal cat, really tiny, there is no trouble picking her up with one hand as she is so tiny.
post #13 of 16
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We are going to try a grooming glove and see how we get on laughing02.gif  it cant last forever can it .......

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We are going to try a grooming glove and see how we get on laughing02.gif   it cant last forever can it .......
No, but it does come around every year. cringe.gif
post #15 of 16

Yeah, it seems this year is a really bad year for shedding (and allergies).

I don't remember Ritz shedding this much, this long.

She doesn't hate being brushed, but likes the brush more than the brushing....

post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by Ritz View Post

Yeah, it seems this year is a really bad year for shedding (and allergies).
I don't remember Ritz shedding this much, this long.
She doesn't hate being brushed, but likes the brush more than the brushing....

My Mouku (in avatar pic) likes to pull 'needles' of brush out with his teeth, he is not so much fan of actual brushing but really looks forward to steal a pin or two if I'm not enough cautious, it is bit of battle from brush with him.
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