Spring-cleaning for Your Felines

It’s spring! And, in feline terms, that marks the start of the official deshedding season to get rid of thick winter fur.

Shedding is a normal and natural occurrence for every cat. It’s how they remove dead hair from their bodies and maintain their coats in top condition (along with good nutrition of course).

In the wild, members of the cat family shed twice a year now, in the spring to get rid of thicker winter fur and, again, in the fall, to prepare for the grow-in of the next winter’s thicker coat.

Shedding is largely influenced by daylight and, more specifically, by the number of hours a cat is exposed to sunlight in a day. This is known as a photoperiod. However, cats that enjoy an indoor lifestyle generally experience more hours of light – albeit artificial light. Also because they are usually also exposed to air conditioning and heating, this results in the fact that they shed year-round.

Of course the amount a cat sheds will vary significantly from breed to breed.

If you’re planning on spring-cleaning your home, consider freshening your cat’s household accessories such as her bed and favorite throws by laundering them too.

Better still; this is a good excuse to purchase something new especially if you are changing up the color scheme in your living room or bedroom to add some spring tones.

If you cat has enjoyed a thick snuggly throw during winter, consider packing it away and purchasing something thinner made from cotton for the warmer days ahead. There are fabrics such as Crypton a patented process designed to protect against general household detritus. It’s stain-resistant and especially functional if your cat is prone to coughing up hairballs.

Throws have become popular interior design accessories, and, are great for cat lovers if you can persuade your cat to use them instead of snoozing directly on the couch or bed linen.

You can help your cat with the shedding process by grooming her with specially designed de-shedding tools. There are different models available for shorthaired and longhaired cats and also grooming tool kits designed for kittens to get them used to the grooming process even though they don’t shed much early on.

The more fur you can remove on your cat’s behalf the better because cats are self groomers and will otherwise ingest a fair amount of fur during their own grooming sessions. Too much ingested fur is a health risk to your cat as it can cause intestinal blockages.

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