Do Persian cats shed?

Persian cats shed their fur. Shedding is a common problem of Persian cat owners as this breed really does shed…a lot. Persian cats like Himalayan cats are notorious shedders. Shedding is a normal event in cats’ life. Cats shed to remove dead and excess hair. Cats shed to help maintain the right body temperature. They usually shed during summer and spring and grow new coat during winter. They tend to grow coats rapidly during winter to protect them from the cold season.

A Persian cat is a long-haired breed of cat. Persian cat is definitely a beautiful breed. Anyone wanting to have this breed for a pet must be aware that this breed has high grooming requirements. Persians have three types of fur. The first is the long and hard guard hairs. The next is the long and finer hair that gives this breed a beautiful coat. The third type of hair is the woolly undercoat. Just like any other cat breed, Persian cats shed to remove dead hair. This dead hair can cause skin irritation and thus need to be removed. Shedding cat is considered a healthy cat, because sick cats do not shed fur. Did you know that shedding is influenced by sunlight? This is called “photoperiod.” The longer the cat is exposed to the sun, the more it sheds.

Certain factors predispose a cat to shed fur excessively. Stress is one of them. When a cat is stressed or frustrated it would shed more than usual. But once your cat is calmed down, excessive shedding stops. If your cat has poor diet, this will cause him to shed fur in excess. Allergy can also cause a cat to shed more. Health problems such as hyperthyroidism, pregnancy and lactation will affect the cat’s shedding pattern. Pregnancy and lactation causes a cat to shed more hair than usual due to hormonal changes. After the lactation period the cat’s shedding will be back to normal.

Persian cats’ fur needs a lot of attention. Though cats are known as fastidious groomers, pet owners also need to help them. As they groom themselves they ingest dead hairs and form hairballs. Persian cats are more likely to develop hairballs due to their long hair. Hairballs can be minimized by brushing your cat’s hair especially during shedding season. Brush your cats hair with a brush intended for them. Comb its hair in the direction of the hair growth to smooth the coat and to remove knots and tangles. Keep in mind that hairballs cannot pass through a cat’s digestive system. Persian cats are also prone to matted fur if they are not groomed properly. Thick matted fur can be very painful to a cat. Persian cat mat notoriously on their belly, armpits and along their tail. Never bath your cat first before you remove the matted fur. Instead remove the cat’s matted fur after it has eaten, at this time the cat is relaxed. Use a pinch of cornstarch on the mat and work its way down into the hair using your fingers. Once the hairs become loose, use a comb and gently separate the hair apart. Matted far is dangerous to a cat. This can cause skin infections and skin lesions. And once the matted fur becomes wet, a maggot invasion is possible. Matted fur is an ideal lurking spot for ticks and fleas. Persian cats’ matted fur can be prevented by daily brushing. Daily grooming is the best way to stop hairballs and matted fur from occurring. Regular grooming session is also a good way to bond with your cat.

Remember that cat shedding is normal. If you notice that your cat sheds more than usual it is best to consult your veterinarian for your cat to get appropriate attention.

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