Search Add New Question Can I give my Omega 3 capsules to the cat? If so, how much and how often? Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Yes, as long as the oil is ‘pure’ and doesn’t contain additives. There dose range is wide and varies between 25 – 75 mg / kg. So for a 5 kg cat you would give between 125 – 375 mg. If you give too much the cat may have diarrhea and simply stopping the supplement should be sufficient for it to resolve. Always seek advice from your vet before dosing, especially if the cat has health problems or is already on medication. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 7 What is the best dry food I can give my Persian cat to prevent shedding? Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Look for a dry food that is marketed as for skin, and contains supplemented levels of Omega 3. This helps promote a healthy skin and coat, but to minimize shedding there is no way round daily brushing in order to harvest shed hair that would otherwise end up on the soft furnishings. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 4 Helpful 5 After de-shedding, will the fur grow back? wikiHow Contributor Yes. Fur grows back to replace the fur that has fallen out or been removed. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 4 Helpful 7 How do you help your cat’s shedding when you go on vacation? wikiHow Contributor There are do-it-themselves cat brushes you can leave out for them. Find where it likes to sleep the most, and put down a cloth so when you get home, you can just wash it. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 9 Helpful 3 I brush my cat every day, yet he still sheds a lot. What can I do? wikiHow Contributor Sometimes you just can’t stop a cat from shedding, especially seasonally. It does no harm and is natural, but brushing your cat definitely helps. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0 Is diet advisable for cats to prevent shedding? MooingMoria There’s no way to stop the natural shedding process, of course, but changing a cat’s diet can go a long way towards reducing the amount of hair that ends up on your couch. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0
Bathe your cat. To actively reduce shedding, bathe your cat every one to four weeks. Because most cats don’t like water, your cat may not be enthusiastic about a bath. You may need to gradually work your cat up to a full bath. To help your cat become accustomed to a bath, start by filling a bathtub with three to four inches of warm (not hot) water. For the first few times, just put the cat in the water so that just its feet get wet and let the feet soak for a short period. Gradually build up to getting more of the cat’s body wet each time. Always build up slowly to avoid frightening your cat and understand that some cats may never tolerate a bath. When you’re ready to bathe your cat, begin by wetting its fur. Use a soap-free, oatmeal based pet shampoo to lather the fur everywhere but the cat’s face. Rinse the fur thoroughly, again, avoiding the eyes, nose, and ears. Dry the cat with a large towel.
Several factors can contribute to a cat’s shedding. Among these are the cat’s diet, its medical condition, and the changing seasons. For example, cats will grow a heavier coat in the winter and will shed it when warmer weather returns. It’s impossible to prevent a cat from shedding, but you can manage the amount of shedding through diet and grooming. Brushing will reduce fur-matting and hairballs and can strengthen the bond between you and your cat. Diet changes can improve the condition of your cat’s skin and coat.
Make sure your cat doesn’t have fleas or other parasites. If your cat is scratching vigorously (and thus perhaps shedding more), it could be the result of fleas or parasites. Look for dark flea feces near the base of the tail. If you discover fleas or flea feces, treat your cat for fleas. Then, keep your cat on a monthly flea-control regimen. Ask your veterinarian to help you choose a flea-control product. If you’re unable to trace the source of the itching, take your cat to the vet. In addition to ectoparasites, your cat could have hypersensitivity to pollens, molds, or grasses. It could also have food allergies. All of these can contribute to itching and shedding.
Feed your cat high-quality food and offer plenty of fresh water. A nutritious diet will help keep your cat healthy, which may lead to less shedding. Look for wet cat food that lists specific meats (like chicken, beef, or fish) as the first two or three ingredients. Because cats need animal-based protein, these are vital to a healthy cat’s diet. Dry cat foods and low-quality wet foods contain a lot of grains or other carbohydrates like wheat, corn, and soy. These ingredients are not as nutritious for cats as meat-based proteins. They may even cause allergic or digestive issues that lead to dry skin and shedding.
Get a cat bed. Place a comfortable cat bed where your cat enjoys sleeping. This will help keep the shedding contained to a small area and off of your furniture and floors. Cats generally prefer sleeping in places that are safe, partially hidden, and warm. Try to find a location with those features and set up the cat bed there. Store-bought cat beds may smell of unfamiliar places and materials, which cats find deterring. If your cat seems hesitant to lie in the bed, try covering it with a cloth or shirt that smells like you or your cat.
Lets address the fact that finding hair all over your home and your clothes is not a nuisance, but its not impossible to stop your cat from shedding. Shedding hair is a large contributor to hairball problems, especially with long haired breeds, so it is important to take action immediately and regularly. A couple of adjustments in your home and lifestyle, as well as in the way you care for your cat will ensure a healthy pet and a happy home environment.
Help accustom your cat to regular brushing. You may need to train your cat to tolerate grooming. Be attentive to your cat’s response and body language. Some cats are hypersensitive to touch. Watch the cat’s body language to avoid overwhelming or overstimulating it. Watch for tail or ear twitching. If you see either, stop brushing, praise the cat and/or offer it a treat, then let it go. If you continue brushing, your cat may bite or scratch you.
Healthy shedding is a normal process that occurs every day and varies in degree due to factors like your cat’s age, her diet, and the season. By controlling shedding, and dealing with its fallout, you can keep your cat healthier and your home cleaner. Here are some effective control techniques:
I recommend in investing in cat beds, cat trees, or any other cat furniture that can give your cat a comfortable place to rest or exercise. This is not only beneficial to your cat’s health and well-being, but it will also house the majority of your cat’s shed hair. This way, it is at least in a controlled area which can be easily cleaned.
If, on the other hand, you are convinced that your cat is perfectly healthy, a change in diet to help stop a cat from shedding so much is certainly worth a try. A mediocre food will not supply all the nutrients your cat needs to grow and maintain the best coat possible (in other words, the one that will shed the least).
I brush my cat every day, yet he still sheds a lot. What can I do? wikiHow Contributor Sometimes you just can’t stop a cat from shedding, especially seasonally. It does no harm and is natural, but brushing your cat definitely helps. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0
Considerations If your kitty is shedding more than usual, it could indicate a medical issue. Bring your little one to the vet for an exam to rule out any illness that could be causing your cat’s excessive shedding. Before giving your furry pal any supplements, consult with your veterinarian to ensure they are appropriate and safe for her. He can also give you recommendations on the dose needed for your particular kitty, based on her weight.
If your kitty is shedding more than usual, it could indicate a medical issue. Bring your little one to the vet for an exam to rule out any illness that could be causing your cat’s excessive shedding. Before giving your furry pal any supplements, consult with your veterinarian to ensure they are appropriate and safe for her. He can also give you recommendations on the dose needed for your particular kitty, based on her weight.