Purina All Naturals reduces cat shedding? Plus, more info on foods reducing shedding.

by Alyssa W.
(Nebraska)

Purina® Cat Chow® Naturals
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Purina® Cat Chow® Naturals

My cat had a shedding problem but after I started feeding him Purina All Naturals, he doesn't shed nearly as much and his coat is much softer and shinier too.

Alyssa W.

Hi Alyssa: thanks for passing on that tidbit of information about cat food. [Note: this page was first written by a visitor about 13 years ago. I responded at the time and have updated the page today, 2nd Sept 2023.]

Having studied the product, there is nothing outstanding that points to the fact a cat's coat will be better if this product is eaten, other than it is a good quality product (except for the fact that is dry food). That is not to say that it does not have the effect that you state. What the veterinarian state is that omega-3 and omega-6 in a cat's diet help to promote a good coat which in turn, they say, might reduce shedding. Personally, I'm not convinced about the shedding bit of that advice but no doubt, too, omega-3 and omega-6 are good for a cat and their coat. Because it's good for their coat it does not mean that they will shed less. That is my thought.

The reasons why cats shed seasonally is because of a change in the amount of ambient light.

In summer there is obviously more ambient light and the cat sheds. The converse happens during the winter months.

I wonder if your cat's reduced shedding is because of the lack of light during winter and not the Purina Cat Chow Naturals. I don't know but I am pleased that you are happy with this cat food.

Michael

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Can some cat foods reduce shedding of hairs?

Yes, certain cat foods are formulated to help reduce excessive shedding of hair in cats. These foods typically contain specific ingredients and nutrients that promote skin and coat health. Here are some key components often found in such cat foods:

  1. Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids: These essential fatty acids help nourish the skin and coat, promoting a healthy and shiny appearance while reducing shedding.
  2. High-Quality Proteins: Cat foods with high-quality animal proteins, such as chicken or fish, provide the amino acids necessary for healthy skin and fur growth.
  3. Biotin: Biotin is a B-vitamin that plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy skin and coat. Many cat foods designed for skin and coat health contain added biotin.
  4. Vitamins and Minerals: Adequate levels of vitamins A and E, as well as zinc, are essential for maintaining a cat's skin and coat health. Foods formulated for this purpose often contain higher concentrations of these nutrients.
  5. Fiber: Some cat foods designed to reduce shedding include added dietary fiber to promote healthy digestion, which can indirectly contribute to improved skin and coat condition.

Before changing your cat's diet to address shedding, it's essential to consult with your veterinarian. Excessive shedding can be caused by various factors, including underlying health issues, allergies, or grooming habits. Your vet can help determine the cause and recommend an appropriate diet or treatment plan.

Additionally, keep in mind that diet alone may not completely eliminate shedding, as shedding is a natural process in cats. Regular grooming and brushing your cat can also help reduce the amount of loose hair that ends up on your furniture and clothing.

Cat food is formulated to reduce shedding of fur

I have difficulty in believing the claims of pet food manufacturers but nonetheless I will list some cat foods specifically formulated to reduce shedding. I am open to good reports.

  • Royal Canin Feline Hair and Skin Care Cat Food-this dry cat food includes vitamin B, essential proteins and omega oils.
  • Royal Canin Prescription Diet Hypoallergenic
  • Taste of the Wild Cat Food has high levels of omega-3 and omega 6 to improve coat condition. It is said that many cat owners report good results from using this food to reduce shedding. I would take claims with a pinch of salt but perhaps the best thing to do is to try it and see for yourself.

Although, I have searched Google Scholar for any scientific studies on this topic without success. I do have some doubts as to whether a cat food can make a noticeable difference to shedding because this is a natural process governed by the amount of light in the environment.

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