One of the prices you pay for having a cat is living with cat hair everywhere. However, there a few ways to manage your cat's shedding and prevent it from getting all over your house and clothes.
It's happened to all of us. That beautiful new black coat and dark grey jeans. You've spruced up and ready to head out for the night when your furry friend decides to come say bye.
It’s hard to turn your favorite furball down, but now you’re covered in fur and it’ll take all the lint rollers in the world to get you fur-free to hit the town.
One of the prices you pay for having a cat is living with cat hair everywhere. Cat hair gets everywhere - the chairs, floors, clothes, bed, and luggage. Even in places your cat never frequents!
Luckily there are ways to limit how much cat hair can find its way into the nooks and crannies of your home. Let’s explore them below:
Health issues can cause a cat to shed a lot
Cats shed a lot, and sometimes health issues cause this. This can be issues such as stress, parasites, diabetes, and even kidney failure. There could be various health issues that can result in a cat shedding indirectly or directly.
This means if you see your cat showing signs of hair loss or their coat is discolored. It’s best to visit a vet and make sure your cat is healthy.
A cat’s inability to groom due to obesity or arthritis can also result in excessive shedding.
If a cat is fed a poor diet, this can manifest in more hair loss and shedding. Cat’s need balanced and complete meals just like us, with plenty of hydration. This provides the essential nutrients required for a cat’s coat to be healthy and shed naturally.
Poor diets will manifest in a cat’s coat looking dull, matted, oily, and with signs of dandruff and brittle ends.
Feeding your cat supplements can help mitigate any deficiencies in their diet. Fatty acid supplements, for example, are great in helping maintain a healthy coat.
Pet your cat regularly
Believe it or not, petting your cat regularly helps to control shedding. Whenever you pet your cat, this acts as a form of grooming and helps stimulate natural oils in your cat’s coat. This helps limit shedding and any hair that comes off while petting is hair that you can immediately throw away.
Some cats have thick coats that need to be groomed every day. In such cases, even doing wet hand pets can help minimize uncontrolled shedding all over your home.
Brush your cat’s coat
In addition to regular petting, it's important also to brush your cat's coat. Using a bristle brush, brushing helps remove any loose hairs and keeps the coat moisturized by stimulating the natural secretion of oils.
Your cat will also love the texture and sensation provided by a bristle brush - an added bonus!
By brushing a few times a day, your cat will start to shed less as it moves around the house. These loose hairs will be caught by the bristle brush will brushing and can be disposed of easily.
Any form of comb or brush will do but it’s advised to use flea combs, slicker brushes, or furminator brushes.
Your cat may also develop mats of hair that shed easily against furniture such as sofas. This is harder to brush out and it's strongly advised never to trim your cat's mats. Take them to a vet that can do it for you if it grows considerably.
Invest in a good vacuum cleaner
Of course, a powerful vacuum cleaner is your new best friend as a cat owner. Invest in one that’s perfect for sucking up the hair around the house both on the floor and on furniture. Some vacuums also come with built-in features specific to cleaning pet hair and other allergens.
Cleaning aids help
Electrostatic or microfiber cloth can do wonders in reaching crevices where cat hair resides and pulling them out. These are also effective with any non-upholstered furniture. There are also be-spoke made cleaning gloves and stick sheets that help capture pet hair. These tools are perfect for any area a vacuum can’t reach.
Buy lint rollers in bulk
When it comes to clothing, lint rollers are the time-tested solution. They are perfect in getting rid of cat hair stuck to your clothing and are inexpensive to purchase.
If your clothing is truly covered in cat hair, placing them in a dryer for 10 minutes with a dryer sheet can also help loosen most of the cat hairs and let the dryer’s lint catcher capture them.
At the end of the day, cats will shed and there’s not much you can do about it. Even a healthy and well-groomed cat will naturally shed all over your house. The only way to combat this is by cleaning regularly using effective tools and having a handy lint roller nearby. Any important items that shouldn’t have cat hair on them such as expensive clothes, should be placed away in a closed area so your cat cannot get to it and any loose hair won’t eventually drift its way into the space.
It’s a small price all of us pay for the companionship our fur family gives us.