How to Stop Cat Hair From Shedding Naturally
- 1). Feed your cat a high-quality food high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. You can also add supplements to your cat's diet, but nutrients are best absorbed when your cat consumes them in its food. Ask your veterinarian whether your cat may have food allergies.
- 2). Brush your cat regularly. Cats shed naturally to remove dead hair. You can gain some control over when your cat sheds by brushing at least every few days. Choose a brush or comb specifically made for cats. Be careful not to pull tangled hair on long-haired cats. You may have to cut off matted or tangled fur, especially if you have not brushed your cat for a while. Brush or comb your cat gently, beginning with short sessions until your cat is used to you grooming it. Brush from head to tail, in the direction the cat's fur naturally grows.
- 3). Inspect your cat for fleas, ticks or other parasites. Your cat will scratch itself more if its skin is irritated, resulting in more shedding. Shampoo your cat to remove fleas, track down the source and prevent them from choosing your cat as a host again.
- 4). Look for other symptoms of disease or illness, especially if your cat suddenly starts shedding more than usual. Allergies to food or medications may cause excessive shedding, as can bacterial, fungal or yeast infections. Feline Cushing's disease is a very serious condition that can be fatal. Check for rashes or other skin conditions, and consult your veterinarian if your cat drinks or urinates more than usual.
- 5). Provide your cat with its own bed and protect your furniture with covers. While this does not prevent your cat from shedding, it can minimize the areas you have to clean of cat hair. Vacuum your furniture, carpets and the cat's bed regularly to remove cat hair, dander, dust and the parasites these may attract.