As the weather begins to warm up we’re not the only ones who will pack away our winter wardrobe in favour of our spring collection. As a pet owner you’ll also notice changes in your cat or dog’s coat as they shed their winter fur to make way for their summer coat, which helps to regulate their body temperature and keep them cool in the warmer months.
However, if the thought of your pet shedding all over the house leaves you in a cold sweat, don’t panic! Stuart Simons, FURminator’s Grooming Expert and Founder of The Groomer’s Spotlight has busted some of the most common myths around shedding so you can be sure your four-legged friend is left with a beautifully healthy and glossy coat.
All pets will shed the same amount – MYTH
The rate in which your pet’s coat sheds will depend on many factors. The breed, age and general health of your cat or dog will affect how much fur they lose as well as whether they live predominately indoors or outdoors. For example, pets that are kept indoors are more likely to shed evenly throughout the year as their body temperature stays more regulated than a pet who craves being outside.
Pets shed because of a change in temperature – MYTH
The reason a pet tends to shed more in spring isn’t just because the weather is getting warmer, it’s actually because of the amount of daylight they’re exposed to. Central heating does also play a part, which is why indoor pets will also shed, but the difference in daylight has the biggest effect on our pet’s coats.
As the clocks go forward and the days get longer, you may notice your pet’s shedding begins to increase, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. This is because of the fluctuations in the hormone melatonin, secreted by the pineal gland in response to the seasonal sunlight variations.
Cats groom themselves so I don’t need to help – MYTH
When it comes to cats, many owners believe that self-grooming is enough to keep their coat and skin strong and healthy, and often only turn to grooming tools to get rid of any tangled fur or dirt, rather than establishing a routine.
During shedding season, the worst you may end up with is a hairy wardrobe and home, but your cat may be at a bigger risk. With up to two-thirds of the hair that a cat sheds during self-grooming being ingested, hairballs can be a danger and can lead to digestive issues. Help cats out by grooming them frequently to keep pesky hairballs at bay.
Shaving is the best way to deal with shedding – MYTH
The general reaction to excess shedding is the impulse to shave, however, this doesn’t prevent shedding. Instead, pets will continue to shed but the hair will be shorter. This method can also sometimes lead to post-clipping alopecia. If this occurs your pet’s coat will take much longer to grow back and may become thin and wispy leaving them prone to sunburn and a patchy, scruffy coat.
Instead of shaving, use FURminator’s new FURflex system, which has a range of interchangeable heads making grooming for multi-pet households a breeze! Designed by professional groomers and recommended by vets, weekly use of the FURminator deShedding tool reduces shedding by up to 90%*. The high quality stainless steel edge gently and efficiently reaches deep beneath the pet’s topcoat to safely and easily remove the undercoat, meaning less unwanted hair in the home, and a stronger glossy coat. What’s more, FURminator’s comprehensive range caters to all pets, no matter what their breed or size.