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Why cats shed

Thursday, September 6, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Shedding is a normal and natural event in a cats life. Shedding is how animals replenish their fur and keep it in good condition. In the wild, cats generally shed their coats twice a year. In the spring to lose the heavy winter undercoat and in the fall in preparation for the new coat to grow in for the winter. Since our cats are domesticated and are generally kept indoors,with heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer, their systems have become somewhat confused so they shed all the time. Cats also shed in order to remove dead hair from their bodies. Dead hair can cause skin irritation and  needs to be removed. If you do not  brush them to remove the hair, they will release it on their own.

Hair shedding is also considered a sign of health. Sick cats do not shed.

Indoor cats shed at any time of the year. The amount of shedding hair is less than the outdoor cats due to the artificial light inside the house, but it also depends on the control of the constant temperature in your home.

So brush your cat regularly to remove excess hair and keep his coat shiny.

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