Cat Shedding

by Michael
(London, UK)

Photo by kevindooley (Flickr)

Photo by kevindooley (Flickr)

Cat shedding is apparently governed mostly by changes in the ambient (surrounding area) light. Some people think it is dictated by the seasons. There is obviously an overlap as in the winter the ambient light levels are lower and in the summer the light is brighter.

The more the cat is exposed to natural light the greater the shedding. This makes sense. Cat coats are heavy and hot (potentially). We sometimes forget that. My old lady spends most days outside on a bench in the shade keeping cool. She has a double coat. My three legged boy has a single black coat and is no doubt cooler.

Outdoor cats will usually, therefore, shed more than indoor cats. In the late spring the shedding process is triggered in outdoor cats. The coat becomes thinner - a summer coat.

During late autumn (fall) the coat will thicken for the winter ahead.

If the climate is a stable, bright, hot one the cat may shed constantly and regrow constantly. Places such as the Canary Islands have these perfect climates.

Most cats have double coats (see cat hair) and the undercoat is fine and soft. The undercoat may shed in a patchy way. Personally I have not noticed this. The cat may look "moth-eaten'!

Dead hairs should ideally be removed with a grooming brush. This is pleasurable for both human guardian and cat.

Dead hairs may irritate the skin of a cat.

Cat breeds with a single, fine haired, coat, the Devon and Cornish Rexs, shed less than other breeds it is said. But all cats shed. There is no such cat as a non shedding cat breed and in any case purebred cats are relatively rare.

Cat Shedding to Home Page

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Please try and upload photos that are small in size of max 500px width and 50 KB size. Large images typical of most default settings on digital cameras may fail to upload. Thanks. Comment rules: (1) respect others (2) threatening, harassing, bullying, insulting and being rude to others is forbidden (3) advocating cat cruelty is forbidden (4) trolls (I know who they are) must use real name and upload a photo of themselves. Enforcement: (1) inappropriate comments are deleted before publication and (2) commenters who demonstrate a desire to flout the rules are banned. Failure to comply with (4) results in non-publication. Lastly, please avoid adding links because spam software regards comments with links as spam and holds them in the spam folder. I delete the spam folder contents daily.