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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-24-2005, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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The Shedding Monster

Hi all.. I am sort of new here so bare with me.. I have to great cats.. Moe and Shadow.. pics are posted at http://photos.yahoo.com/udo78 ... Anyways.. Shadow has a huge shedding "problem". I have had him a few years now.. and his shedding is YEAR ROUND... I have had cats almsot my entire life growing up.. and I have never seen a cat shed as much as he does... It does not matter if I am brushign his 3 times a day or not brushign him at all.. he shedds the same... and he sheds a LOT... He is not long haired.. and it doesn;t not matter if it is sumemr or winter or spring or fall. the fur gets EVERYWHERE. You would not beleive soem of the stange places I find it.. He is a great cat... but what can I do abotu the shedding? I am thinking it might have to do with the fact that he doesn;t really groom himself often.. and the few times he does "try" it he is not thruough at all. His fur is VERY soft.. sort of liek the down that a little kitten has. I got him from the local humane society while he as a kitten.. they said they got him when he was jsut a few weeks old... Moe will try to help him stay clean (Moe is a VERY clean cat).. but when Moe starts grooming him it always turns into either playing or a fight.... Please help...
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-24-2005, 02:02 PM
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What are you feeding him? My cat shed badly and had very dry skin/dandruff until I switched her to a high-protein, high-fat canned diet. Dry food just isn't good for her coat and skin, and she has a real problem with corn. They make Omega 3 supplements that you can add to your cat's food to help reduce shedding, and there are sprays available from your vet that can help dry skin...though I prefered to get the fat inside the cat instead of spraying it on. And keep brushing. A lot of people here swear by the rubber "Zoom Groom" brushes.

You may also want to ask your vet about possible nutritional deficiencies, food allergies, and have the vet check his teeth, as a cat with a sore mouth often won't groom himself.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-24-2005, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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The thing is though... it isn;t like his coat is thin and sparse... His coat is EXTREMELY thick... he doesn;t seem to have danfruff or dry skin.. jsut SO much fur.. almost like he is jsut over producign it... fo a cat his size/age.. he is probally the "softests" cat I have ever seen... most peopel desctoibe his coast as being like down...
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-24-2005, 10:43 PM
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Ya, my parents cats sound very similar to yours. They're extremely soft, thick coated cats, both shorthair, but you pet them and end up with a handful from one stroke. It's really bad. They're on a mid-quality dry food, and I've told my parents I'd BET them MONEY it would go away if they changed the cats diet. But they won't listen to me, and the cats continue to shed...

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-25-2005, 02:01 AM
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Mittens has very soft thick fur and shed like crazy till I changed him to a high quality food. I also add a suppliment called Missing Link for felines. Its made a tremendous difference in shedding all over the place.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-26-2005, 06:40 PM
 
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Stress can cause your cat to shed profusely. In addition, temperature, diet, airborne chemicals and body lotions all can contribute to excessive shedding. My old kitty always shed like crazy just before the hot days of spring and summer. My new kitty sheds 24-7 not because he is stressed, but because he has a LOT OF HAIR and it has to go somewhere on these warmer days and nights. (Blah, psst, phew...Mouth full of hair...ack)

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