Hi everyone. I have a bit of an issue... just wanted to ask if anybody could make sense of it. In short, my white shorthaired kitten sheds a lot. White hair absolutely everywhere. And yet, I have a longhaired gray and white cat who hardly sheds at all. Any thoughts?
Hmm..that's very interesting and I have wondered the same thing myself. I chose a black cat because I was hoping the hair wouldn't be an issue on my clothes. Then I got bitten by the "can't have just one" bug and proceeded to get a torti and then a snow white himalayan. I dropped all hope of avoiding the hair issue at that point. But my white one is the only one that sheds too. White fluff everywhere and I have to use the sticky lint roller on my pants every day when I get to work. And in my case, I can't even blame genetics because she has the exact same mom and dad as my black one. And I brush them all just the same amount and they eat the same food and have the same long hair. It must just be unfortunate luck that our white ones are the ones who want to spread their hair in our world. It will be interesting to see if anybody else has an idea.
wow! that is weird ummm... try taking it to the vet u can see if they can answer your question but anyway it would try to brush it alot i read that it help to stop shedding so try it and see if it works
I have both long hair and short haired cats. I have found that the short hairs tend to shed more. I've never had a problem with any long haired cats shedding!
I'm not sure how accurate this is, but I've read where shedding actually has nothing to do with summer vs winter, hot vs cold days. Shedding has to do with the hours of sunlight. So obviously, dogs and cats will shed more in summer, not because it is hot (as most people think), but because there are more hours of sunlight.
But why one cat would shed more than another, I have no idea. Probably half diet, half heredity would be my guess.
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My cats both eat the same thing, wet/dry catfood. The longhair had diarrhea problems, so she eats mostly dry. The little one (the shorthair) has an even blend. And, weirdly enough, it isn't really seasonal. Gracie (the shorthaired kitten) sheds this way all year 'round.
I have noticed the same with my cats, a couple of shorthairs shed even more than my two longhairs. My longhairs don't really shed, more like they leave "puffs" of fur around, that they seem to shoot out at will when startled, a mini furry expolosion. The quality of coats of the shortahirs that shed is different than the two shorthairs who rarely shed (I have 6 cats, BTW). Its somehow thicker, when I pet them, like they have more of an undercoat. What really helped with the shedding here was making sure they were on a good quality cat food with omega-3 supplements and a good brushing once a week. My clothes still have some cat fur on them when I leave the house, but its not as bad as some houses I've visited, where you are afraid to sit on the furniture because there's a good 1/2 inch layer of fur over everything.
rainbowzoo622 "they leave "puffs" of fur around, that they seem to shoot out at will when startled, a mini furry explosion." LOL!!!!! That's a perfect description of the hair I keep finding in the carpeted areas of my house! There is a perfectly clean hallway one minute and the next minute I come back to a bunch of furry explosion puffs! Somehow the upstairs hallway is the only place anybody besides the white kitty ever shed though.
No, stacyb, I have the same issue as another user on this topic - my kitten's hair flies everywhere whenever I touch her. The longhaired cat keeps her hair smoothed down. The longhair also has the "explosion" (ROTFLOL!) of hair when she's scared, but never when pet. There is no gray hair on anything, just white hair from Gracie.
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