When Do Cats Shed Their Hair? I’ve Had Enough!

There are certain times of the year when you may notice that there is a lot more cat hair “floating” around the house.

Once when out, I accidentally sat in the favorite chair of a shedding cat and sneezed non stop for hours, not to mention being covered in cat hair.
Okay, that was my fault but it is common to come home to find kitty has taken up residence on your favorite garment which is now covered in cat hair. It has to be removed before you can wear the garment again.  

Cats usually shed their hair twice a year and it is signaled by the seasonal light availability not the temperature as we might expect.

In Spring the longer light filled days signal a circadian rhythm for cats to shed hair in preparation for the summer season ahead and conversely, darker less light filled days as winter approaches, means shedding occurs to accommodate a new thicker winter coat. 

Cat shedding in these circumstances as a reaction to light refers to those cats that spend a lot of time outdoors or cats in the wild. These days however, many cats have a total indoor lifestyle so the cat is exposed to mostly artificial light.

This means that your cat sheds some fur almost all year round and that is quite okay.  Either way it is something you need to be prepared for if you live with a cat.

Cat grooming glove with cat hair

Does Brushing The Cat Help With Shedding?

Using a cat shedding glove or brushing the cat on a regular basis will reduce the amount of hair that is shed by the cat from entering your homey stratosphere. Using a shedding glove will also mean that you can keep the hair fall out to a minimum because it collects in the glove. The cat will enjoy a nice massage at the same time.

Don’t necessarily expect to remove large amounts of fur if using a glove. It depends on how much hair your cat sheds. Even a short haired cat can shed a lot of hair. When it becomes a regular part of grooming you will be removing a small amount of hair often which has to be a good thing.

Excessive Shedding Of Cat Hair

If your cat is senior and has excessive shedding or bald patches are appearing or if your cat appears to be shedding more than usual it will mean a trip to the vet for a diagnosis and treatment if necessary.

Cat cleaning the house_litter box

Some Solutions For Cat Hair Shedding

  • This is worth mentioning again.  Regular use of a cat glove will help lessen the amount of cat hair shed with the bonus of a massage for the cat. Hint: Put a towel on your lap to catch stray hair.
  • Invest in sticky rollers which remove lint but also cat hair. They are quick and easy to use and an essential for any cat owner.
  • Use some protectors on your furniture.  There are any number of these but from experience something that is easy to whip on and off is a good idea.  I wrote an article about this when our cat was clawing our new leather couches. The same principle applies to cat hair. I have to say, we did it the hard way.
  • If you have carpet or hard floors, sweep the cat hair using a broom. Yes I know that sounds weird. These pet hair removing brooms are amazing. This one has a telescopic handle so the handle length can be adjusted. The rubber picks up hair/fur brilliantly from fabric couches.  I can vouch for that.

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