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    How to get long-haired cats to stop shedding?

    Articlegeneral cat adviceTuesday 20 September 2011
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    Long-haired cats are more likely to start shedding rather than short-haired kittens. Cat breeds such as Persian, Himalayan get their owners mad because of the quantity of the cat hair all over the place, especially during the summer. To minimize shedding you should first of all remember about grooming your long-haired cat every day. Unfortunately it is impossible to eliminate shedding completely, but one can reduce its occurrence by applying some small changes in cat’s grooming and in its diet. 

    Grooming

    It is important to bathe your long-haired cat using a gentle shampoo that is particularly designed for felines. Remember to use a warm water when putting a shampoo. You can then apply a conditioner formulated for long-haired cats that will facilitate you brushing later on. If you experience any problems when bathing your cat by yourself, you can try to hold its front ankles together with one hand and with the other hold its back ankles. Ask your friend or familiar to shampoo the cat while you hold the cat. Comb your cat every day with a wide-toothed comb. Fine-toothed comb might cause tangles and even more shedding. Try to pet your cat with a humid cloth to pick up loose hair after combing. 

    Hairballs

    Brushing your long-haired cat daily will also prevent the hairballs. Hairballs are a dangerous problem for your cat as they block the passage of digested food through the intestines. They form when your cat grooms itself and swallows hair. As hair cannot be easily digested, it gets stuck with undigested food in the stomach or intestine. Never let your long-haired cats go without grooming for a longer period of time.

    Diet

    It is recommended to visit the vet for a regular check up as fleas, ticks, matted hair and skin irritation can be a source of excess shedding. Try to ask your vet for some vitamin supplements or prescription for cat food. Poor food and diet might be a reason for hair shedding. Your cat’s fur is a reflection of what happens inside. Insist on feeding your cat a premium brand food and high quality diet rich in Omega 3, Omega 6 that help soften skin and reduce shedding. You can also try to add some supplements for skin and coat.

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