Himalayan cats shed. Normally, the cats’ shedding season is during spring and summer. During fall and winter they grow new coats. They tend to grow hair more rapidly during the cold season to protect them from the cold temperatures. Shedding in summer prepares the cat for the hot season. They shed to remove excess and dead hair. Dead hair causes skin irritation and thus needs to be removed. Himalayan cats are known to shed excessive hair, along with the Persian cats.
Shedding is a normal process. Shedding is the way the cat replenishes the hair to keep the coat in good condition. It is a sign that a cat is healthy because sick cats do not shed their fur. Shedding is influenced by daylight and is called “photoperiod”. The longer the time a cat is exposed to the sun, the more the shedding process occurs. Indoor cats shed any time of the year because temperature inside the home is controlled. Outdoor cats shed in the spring and fall. In addition, shedding also varies from breed to breed. When a cat is stressed or anxious it will shed more hair than usual as it has the tendency to groom excessively. However, this shedding will stop once the cat is calmed down. Health problems also affect the cat’s shedding pattern. Allergy causes a cat to shed abnormally. Other issues like hyperthyroidism, pregnancy and lactation, bacterial infection, ringworms and external parasite infestation are other factors that cause abnormal shedding. Cats that are not groomed properly can also shed their fur excessively. Their fur can become matted, and matted hair can be painful this can also lead to skin problems.
The long flowing coat is one of the distinctive features of Himalayan cats. This breed requires special grooming and care. Their fur needs to be brushed regularly. Himalayans are prone to hairballs. As they groom themselves, they ingest dead hairs that form hairballs in their stomach. Himalayans undercoat tends to mat up very fast. Dirt and debris embed in their undercoat will form into knots that gets larger every day. Brushing their fur once a day or twice daily is necessary to prevent their fur from matting and tangling. Grooming routine must be made more frequent when the cat is shedding. Since Himalayans are long haired cats it would be best to use wide toothed comb. Bathing the cat is also necessary to reduce the shedding. Himalayans’ furs need to be aerated for good health.
Shedding cannot be totally eliminated but owners of Himalayan cats can do something to minimize the amount of hair shed by the cat inside the home. The cat must be groomed regularly. Brush your cat with grooming brush made for them. You can also use slicker brush to remove dead hair and to eliminate any clumps of fur or mats. Brushing helps to promote healthy skin and fur. Cats with healthy fur shed less. Grooming allows the owner to see potential problems on the pet’s coat. A nutritious and balanced cat food would maintain the cat’s good health. Vitamin supplements added to the cats’ diet would help in maintaining healthy skin and coat. Bathing is also necessary to reduce the cats’ excessive shedding. Use shampoos intended to promote healthy skin. Conditioners will moisturize and keep the skin healthy.
Cats fur shedding is normal, but excessive shedding may cause apprehension to pet owners. If your Himalayan cat obsessively licks, scratches or bites its hair in the same spot persistently and if you observe excessive or abnormal hair loss, it is best to consult your vet for your cat to ensure appropriate attention.