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Spring dandruff: what to do if your cat loses its winter coat

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Some cat owners can mark spring by the amount of cat hair covering their home.

If your cat trades in her winter coat for summer fur, you may find tufts of hair floating around the house, furniture that takes on the color of a cat, and your clothes keep looking more and more like a Chewbacca costume.

There is a reason your cat may shed more this time of year and that is normal. While you may not be able to stop it, there are a few things you can do to deal with the clutter.

Why Your Cat Might Shed More In Spring

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Seasonal dandruff is actually more common in cats in the wild and those who spend a lot of time outdoors.

Indoor kittens live with artificial light that confuses their circadian rhythms, which can result in steady shedding year-round, rather than seasonal shedding. That is also quite normal.

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Cats that shed in spring lose their heavy winter undercoat in order to stay cool in summer. In the fall, they will grow a new coat in preparation for winter.

Regardless of when your cat sheds, the process is natural and important. Dead fur can cause skin irritation and must be removed through dandruff.

It's healthy, and if your cat isn't shedding it could be a sign of poor diet or medical problems. The same can be said if your cat sheds too much. Pay attention. If your cat is shedding more than the usual year, or if you notice bald patches or very thin fur, take a trip to the vet.

Here you can learn more about the possible causes of excessive dandruff Here.

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There are a few factors that determine a cat's dandruff habits.

Some breeds tend to shed more or less than others. The amount of daylight a cat experiences tells its body when it is time for seasonal shed.

So if your cat spends a lot of time in the sunshine, he may be more prone to spring dandruff as the days get longer.

Brush, brush and brush

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Regular brushing is the best way to care for excess hair at its source before it swirls around your home or emerges from your cat in the form of hairballs.

A good indicator of how often you should brush your cat is the length and thickness of its fur. Your cat's breed often determines what type of fur it has and how much it will shed.

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If your kitten is unaccustomed to brushing or is becoming fussy, it is important that you work on making it less stressful.

First, start with short sessions and praise the food and the food. When your cat is more comfortable, extend the length of the brushing sessions.

Make it a positive bonding experience and your cat will appreciate it more.

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Always brush the grain in the direction your cat's fur naturally grows.

Brushing out knots and mats can be tricky, and some may need to be cut out. If your cat has a lot of mats, you may need to see a dog groomer or consult your veterinarian before trying to get rid of them on your own.

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Long-haired cats can benefit from starting with a shed or comb that reaches close to the skin and removes some hair from the undercoat while leaving the outer coat largely untouched.

Scale rakes are long and stiff, which makes them ideal for getting deep under long fur. Cats with long, flowing fur need brushing at least every two days.

Here is a highly rated shed rake available on Amazon.

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Short-haired cats do well if you start with a bristle brush. This can loosen some of the hair trapped near the skin, causing irritation.

Short-haired cats with a double coat can get by with slightly fewer brushes than long-haired cats, and those with a single coat can get by with even less. However, it's important to maintain regular grooming sessions, especially this time of year.

You can find one highly rated bristle brush on Amazon here.

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For cat hair of any length, it's a good idea to use a straighter brush. These have smaller bristles and are great for collecting cat fur before the house blows.

It will help grab the hair that you removed with other brushes.

You can find A great slicker brush on Amazon here.

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Brushing helps keep your cat's fur and skin healthy by removing dead hair, matting, or knots that can rub and cause injuries or hot spots where infections can develop. You can also collect the fur before your cat puts it in your house.

If you brush your cat, everyone wins.

Lint rolls are your friends

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It is especially important at this time of year to have an army of lint rollers available. This will help you get out of the house without looking like you've hugged a werewolf.

Keep a couple by the door and have a couple in the bathroom so guests can dispose of the fur that has built up on them when they visit. Lint rollers can save you some embarrassment when you leave the house, and your allergy friends and co-workers will thank you if you don't sneeze.

You can find lint rollers on Amazon here.

Keep up to date with the house cleaning

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Even if you diligently brush your cat's fur and keep it healthy, fur will likely still be flying.

Operating an air filter can help. However, you need to make sure that you change your filters regularly, especially this time of year. Some air purifiers are designed to handle pet hair as long as you clean them.

You can find a highly rated air filter on Amazon here.

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When it comes to cleaning carpets, you may want to use a vacuum cleaner, but many cat owners have been lucky enough to use a rubber broom with squeegee bristles. This helps to clump all of your hair into a ball and seems to work better than just vacuuming on your own.

You can find a good rubber broom on Amazon here.

Some people have also tried using their rubber-soled shoes to clump hair up and even put them on their hands to do so. Damp wiping works perfectly on tile or wooden floors.

Blankets and furniture covers

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If your cat has a favorite spot on the furniture, an easily washable blanket or cover is a must.

Place it where your cat likes to rest. In this way, you can at least partially protect your furniture from the hairstorm. Anything that can be easily tossed in the laundry, taken outside to shake, or that works well.

If your cat enjoys going to bed with you, consider purchasing a duvet cover that you can remove and wash.

Does your cat shed more in the spring? How else do you fight the fur? Let us know in the comments below!

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