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Q: Is there a way to decrease cat's shedding?

April 22, 2010 | By Stephanie | 7 answers | Expired: 1686 days ago

Is there a way to decrease cat's shedding?

My two cats are about two years old now and last year they were outside so much shedding wasn't much of an issue. Now they are inside all the time, which I like, but I don't like the shedding! I do brush them most everyday. I have read a little bit about supplements that may help. Any suggestions?

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Mousefur
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Apr 28, 2010

Regular brushing. Also a better diet is probably needed. If you feed grain free food it has many health benefits including improving the coat. My vet actually suggests feeding 1/3 cup dry grain free food and 4oz grain free moist food a day. The food my vet reccomended was Taste of the Wild. But there are others. Just be sure it has no grains - a lot of the premium food has oatmeal, brown rice ect which are healthier but still not good for cats and dogs. Hope this helps.

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Linda B.
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Apr 25, 2010

I noticed my long-haired dachshund starting to shed a lot recently, which is unusual. I got one of the wire combs and was amazed at how much undercoat came out. You might try a comb instead of a brush.

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daryl b.
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Apr 24, 2010

brushing would be the only way i would know of. at least most of the hair will be contained. it is possible that his diet isnot right and you could ask a vet to do the test to see of ge is gettingenough of what he needs from his diet. he may need a special diet

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Danis
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Apr 24, 2010

You can try using a different de-shedding tool in addition to regular brushing, like a Furminator. They can be quite expensive in the stores, but I found one at a good price on Amazon for about 50% less than at the pet store. It really helps to clear out the undercoat, but you have to comb out any tangles before using it. I usually get a big pile of fur from each cat after using it. Springtime is shedding season!

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Sheilahm
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Apr 23, 2010

other than brushing there doesn't seem to be much that you can do. I heard that sunlight causes cats to shed more. But I don't think you want to live in darkness. :)

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Jillian
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Apr 22, 2010

more brushing, especially for that lion in the photo. what a cutie! this time of the year is a pain while they're losing those winter coats, but once you do a few extremely thorough brushing, it gets it back on track.

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Kitty W.
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Apr 22, 2010

I've never heard of anything that decreases shedding. I would just continue the brushing and stuff. Thunder sheds, but I don't have a problem with it.

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