How can I deal with my cat shedding hair?

Cats will naturally shed - it's part of a natural cycle that occurred twice a year, in spring to get rid of their winter coat and also once in fall to get ready to grow in the thicker winter coat. It's natural and it's healthy, and you should be worried if your cat stops doing it for no reason - sick cats will generally not shed fur. With climate control and most cats living indoors, they will shed year-round (it messes around with their natural twice a year "rhythm" to shedding). If your cat is an outdoor cat, it will probably stick to the cycle. Note that this is not a recommendation to let your cat outside to stop shedding - that's a bad idea and will reduce the average life span of a cat dramatically because of all the potential to get hurt.

   

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So what do you do to keep your cat from shedding hair everywhere? You need to groom them with a comb or a brush regularly - it will get most of the loose fur out, and it's actually got a number of other benefits for the cat. It reduces the number of hairballs (which is great for you because you don't have to clean them up). It's also good for bonding purposes - cats usually enjoy it, and if they don't it's probably because you have an abrasive comb/brush. There are also some random products that claim to reduce shedding - fish-based diets, sprays for the coat, etc. Personally, I think the grooming is the best approach.

The one other option if you don't already have a cat is to get a breed that doesn't shed as much. The Cornish Rex and the Devon Rex are both breeds that have light coats and won't shed nearly as much as a normal cat - but on the other hand, you won't get the same feel when you pet them.

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