This article will go into the ins and outs of common problems arising from cats shedding their hair. We will discuss what is normal, what is not and what you need to do to diagnose a medical condition. I will also provide you some home remedies and tips to keep those nasty hairballs at bay.
Nature intended cats to be outdoor animals but we have changed the whole equation now. This creates a imbalance within the cats natural hair loss cycle. As a result indoor cats commonly shed for the entire year while outdoor cats will normally shed twice a year. Medicals experts agree that the reason behind this is the constant temperature found inside a house. Younger cats have a dry coat which protects them from shedding excessively. However older cats have no such protection.
So what do you do when you suspect your pet is shedding excessively? The first and the most obvious step is to take him to the vets office. If the vet is unable to find any infection then the likely cause could be a hormonal imbalance.
However the likely causes are almost always illness, skin allergy or parasites. You must follow a daily care regimen to get rid of them. Daily combing and brushing will go a long way towards weeding out dirt and germs from your feline friend’s fur. Hand grooming and a occasional bath should complete the cure. Cats also groom their claws using cat scratchers and furnitures.
You may find your cat has lost all his appetite. These symptoms are usually accompanied with vomiting; sever constipation and irregular bowel movement. It is likely that your cat is suffering from hairballs. A hairball forms when your cat swallows too many strand of hair when cleaning and grooming himself.
These loose strands of hair will form cylindrical shapes inside the stomach. This may lead to repeated bouts of vomiting. Don’t be surprised to find vomit on your favorite chair, living room rug or your laptop. Hairballs are seen with greater frequency in cats with long hairs and those that are shedding excessively.
Comb your cat daily to combat hairballs. You will also find over the counter hairball remedies. These can be administered to your cat on a daily basis. The medicine works by lubricating the walls of the intestines and allowing easy passage.
Diet will play a important role in keeping your cat free of hair related problems. Feed you cat lots of fiber such as beet pulp. Finally if the vomiting continues consult your vet. This could be a sign of greater illness.
Another known complication is known as impaction of a hairball. This requires proficient care and you should consult your vet if this happens.