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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-09-2005, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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Yikes!! Cat hair everywhere!!!

Snickers has always been a big shedder, but now Pumpkin and Pepper (10 months old) have started to shed, too. Snickers doesn't have a shedding pattern -- with his thick coat, he sheds all the time, year round. And these two never dropped a hair until now!! Is this because they are maturing or due to the change in seasons? Our weather recently went from chilly and rainy right to summer heat.

I sure hope it's seasonal, or we will be drowning in cat hair!!

Thanks for any info.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-09-2005, 09:47 AM
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It's seasonal. Now that it's summer and hot, thier bodies tell them they don't need as much insulation, and they remove some of the "blanket" to keep thier body tempature regular.

My cats are doing the same thing right now, it's disqusting and a big annoyance, but it's something we have to accept I guess--I don't know of anything to help the problem. I've been brushing mine a lot more in the hopes that I can get as much of the hair as possible into the brush and not on the furniture and everywhere else imaginable.

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Shedding/moulting usually starts, or becomes more pronounced, in spring, about May time.

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Thanks...I thought it was, but until recently it's been many years since I've been around cats! I'm only used to Snickers the "hair machine!"

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Oh yeah, all four cats are shedding big time too. Between them and the rabbits I could make a winter coat...
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Now there's a thought!! Maybe I'll make a coat and sell it on eBay!!

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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-09-2005, 11:28 AM
 
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Hahaha! Give me your adress and i'll contribute all the hair over here too! IT's crazy... when is it supposed to stop, or do they just kind of shed all summer long?

Both my cats shed, but Mioux is just sooooo much worse....
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Oh yeah, all four cats are shedding big time too. Between them and the rabbits I could make a winter coat...

HAHA!!! Same here...I have rabbit and cat and dog tumble weeds floating about my house..And they are so hard to catch with fans blowing

I just cleaned the bunsters cages and boy was that a huge fur explosion I had to take their blankies outside to shake off..WOW! Tons of fur...!!! I have to pluck my rex bunny I am going to brush her tonight when it gets cooler...

The fur is never ending in our house
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As others have stated shedding is seasonal... My cats shed mainly two times a year, spring and fall. As you can see from my personal picture I have himmie's and O, boy do they shed. As for the shedding process in long heard cats the norm is for a long hair to shed twice a year... However, when they reach the age of three they will now have their adult coat. It takes three winter seasons of heavy shedding in an abnormal fashion to reach the final relief of a adult coat. To help cut down on the hair problem (which is a real problem for me and others I am sure) is to bath normally, brush every day to every other and of course vacuum a lot.
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I know this is going to sound like fathers who said they walked 5 miles to school in a snowstorm, but if you haven't had three collies at once (plus 4 cats), you don't know what fur is! When the collies shed, I had garbage bags full of fur. I know I had enough to make a half dozen smaller dogs! Sometimes I had piles of fur a foot tall!

Well, our babies are worth it though, aren't they? Now I have only Precious and Blueberry, and I just run a comb through their fur. They're shedding, but it could be worse. I'm thinking of getting the "Love Glove."




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