Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Shedding is a natural, healthy process in all cats, in which they shed in order to remove dead hair which can cause skin irritation. Shedding helps to replenish your kitty’s fur and keep it in tip-top shape – basically, there is no way around it. But we’ll tell you the science behind why cat’s shed, the breeds that shed the least, and how to clean it and keep shedding under control.
An indoor cat’s shedding cycle isn’t as distinct as an outdoor cat’s. Since we use air conditioning and heating, the cat’s system gets tricked and they often shed constantly year round. The amount is less than the outdoor cats due to the artificial light but it can still add up.
Don’t be fooled by how long your cat’s hair is. Whether he has short hair or long hair, they can still shed the same amount. However, there are three breeds that don’t shed as much. The Cornish Rex has short, curly hair that lies close to the body and the Devon Rex has curly fur that is a very thin coat. Because of their rather short and fine fur, their shedding is not usually as noticeable, but they still technically shed. And finally, the obvious hairless Sphynx doesn’t shed. These cats don’t have traditional hair but rather a fine down coat similar to peach fuzz. They are great for people with allergies or those that don’t want to deal with a hairy house.
Cats spend 10 percent of every day grooming and that means that shedding is just a part of life. There are a few things you can do to reduce the amount of hair flying around.