Did You Know? Grooming for Cats
Grooming is an essential part of keeping your cat healthy. To help you better understand the unique grooming needs of your feline, FURminator® has put together the following list of fun facts. Read on to learn more.
- A cat spends 30% of his life grooming.
- In cats, there is no single period of hair shedding. Neighboring follicles are in different phases of the hair cycle at any one time. Domestic cats tend to shed continuously throughout the year, with peaks of activity occurring during spring and fall.
- Up to two-thirds of cats’ shed hair can be ingested as they self-groom. Hair can’t be digested, and when it accumulates in the stomach, hairballs can form.
- Hairballs aren’t just a messy inconvenience, but a sign of discomfort and potential serious problems. They can lead to a number of issues, including regurgitation and vomiting, constipation or diarrhea, intestinal obstructions and loss of appetite.
- Long-haired cats and short-haired cats living together are more prone to suffer hairball formation due to social grooming.
- The most important and most effective way to prevent hairball formation is frequent grooming to remove the dead undercoat before it is swallowed. Brushes tend to slide over the surface of the coat and remove all the loose hair.
- Regular grooming with a deShedding tool, such as the FURminator® deShedding Tool, decreases the amount of hair your cat ingests, thus decreasing the likelihood of hairball formation.
- Long-haired cats and older cats tend to have more issues with hairballs.
- As cats age, they have a harder time grooming themselves effectively.
- Shedding is a natural process. You can’t eliminate shedding, but you can reduce it by up to 90%.
- Regular bathing and deShedding can also help control the dispersal of allergens into the atmosphere. According to the Humane Society of the United States, simply bathing your pet and removing loose hair and dander can reduce the level of allergens by as much as 85%.