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Alex won't stop shedding

post #1 of 13
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I have a Tonkinese named Alexander, and he WON'T STOP SHEDDING! I've tried brushing him, letting him out, changing his food....and it's horrible!!! It's hard for people to pet him (not me, of course!) because they get hair in their eyes, nose, and mouth. My biggest worry is the fact that Tonkinese aren't supposed to shed. Anyone know what could be going on, or have any tips?
Mandi
post #2 of 13
How long has this been going on? My DSH cats are shedding like gangbusters right now because of the hot weather. Have you taken Alex to the vet and had him checked for any skin conditions? Does he have any bare patches or seem thinner, or is he shedding "extra" hair? (I didn't really know how to put that, hope you get my meaning)
post #3 of 13
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It's been happening for almost the whole two years I've had him, but it's been getting continually worse. He had a cyst on his leg, was neutered, and had his nails clipped, during all of which I also had full checkups. The doctors didn't find anything....could it maybe be nutritional?
post #4 of 13
Wow, two years! Maybe it is nutritional. Have you asked the vet?
post #5 of 13
Ok - this year it bad really bad - but let me ask you this what are you using to brush him? Are you brushing him daily?

Not all brushes are alike - for example I could not find my ZOOM GROOM for the past week and used another brush. Yesterday I finally located it and gave Loki a good brushing - it was like he was never brushed him - hair all over, in my mouth, etc. I swear I'll never loose my Zoom Groom again! It's the best $7 investment ever esp. for short hairs.

...and of course keep on brushing daily!!!
post #6 of 13
I bought this really kewl thing the other day at Bed Bath and Beyond for shedding. It is $12.99 I think and looks like a thing used to cut hair. I wanted to say straight razor but that sounded harsh. It is called Shed ended and my cats love it. You brush it across thier hair and it "collects" the loose hair. Check it out.. you will love it.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by bamababe1234
I bought this really kewl thing the other day at Bed Bath and Beyond for shedding. It is $12.99 I think and looks like a thing used to cut hair. I wanted to say straight razor but that sounded harsh. It is called Shed ended and my cats love it. You brush it across thier hair and it "collects" the loose hair. Check it out.. you will love it.
I have one of those, actually. I was using it daily for a while, but it's like he's continually shedding; once you get the hairs that are already out, more just come with them....it's a never ending cycle. Not to mention I'm not allowed to brush him inside and he's a biznatch outside. And yes, it does look like a straight razor!!!!
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by MandiniTheGreat
I have one of those, actually. I was using it daily for a while, but it's like he's continually shedding; once you get the hairs that are already out, more just come with them....it's a never ending cycle. Not to mention I'm not allowed to brush him inside and he's a biznatch outside. And yes, it does look like a straight razor!!!!
WHat food are you feeding???
post #9 of 13
Who told you Tonkinese don't shed? All animals with fur shed to some degree.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Jen
Who told you Tonkinese don't shed? All animals with fur shed to some degree.
Tonks are an oriental breed and they do tend to shed less because of their very short hair, Simon (Meezer) barely sheds at all....

I would suggest maybe switching him to higher quality food like Nutro or Chicken Soup and see if that makes a difference, also do you feed him wet food? My girls' coat got gorgeous after I started feeding them wet, Pandora used to shed like it was going out of style, but now its MUCH better
post #11 of 13
I empathise! Tilly is a never ending shed monster too - and everything in my apartment is white - doh! After reading this thread, I'm going to try the zoom groom for her!

For me, I use the sticky roller thing I can run over my clothes just before I leave the house - they're really good. I also use the pet hair magnet (looks like a window cleaner squeedgy) on sofas / rugs - saves getting the hoover out every 5 mins.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277
Tonks are an oriental breed and they do tend to shed less because of their very short hair, Simon (Meezer) barely sheds at all....
From all I've heard/read, it appears that shorthairs seem to shed more than longhairs do in general. On every forum I've been on, people that have both SH and LH complain that their SH sheds enough for two cats. I'm starting to be glad that Ginger has long fur...
post #13 of 13
My ragdoll is half the size she was this winter and is still shedding. Making me crazy. She didn't shed this much last year, but then she also didn't have so much fur the winter before. I'm going to change her food and what I groom her with. I did have a comb up until last week, it disappeared when my apartment was recarpeted. I've been using a brush until I find the comb, but that doesn't do much for getting rid of all the extra hair. I can't wait any longer for her comb to show up.

Beth
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