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Cats shed fur. If you own a cat – or several – then you are constantly reminded of this every day as you wade through the abundance of fur your beloved fluffy companion has shed. You love your fluffy kitty, but even the most dedicated and loving owner may start losing their cool upon finding their favourite sweater (or their entire collection of sweaters) covered in cat fur. Luckily, there are several effective courses of action to take in order to minimise the extent of this problem.

There are an abundance of specialised tools and products which can be used to remove loose fur from around the house. Consumer products such as specific attachments for your vacuum cleaner, lint brushes/rollers, and room ionisers can help manage the problem whilst minimising the time and effort you have to put in. As effective as these solutions are, they are only meant to manage the symptom without actually addressing the underlying issues. If you are only dealing with a relatively minor severity of fur shedding, these solutions may be right for you. For those cat owners with pets who shed a large amount of fur constantly, addressing the symptom might not be the ideal approach to take. There are options to reduce the amount of fur your feline friend sheds.

What you choose to feed your pet can have a great impact on the cat’s general wellbeing and health. What you may not know is that it can also greatly affect your cat’s pretty fur coat. In particular, a quality diet rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids can help keep your cat’s skin and coat soft, and also reduces shedding. So next time you’re shopping for kitty’s dinner, consider those premium brands and look for Omega-3 and Omega-6.

Regular grooming is another ongoing preventative measure you can take to reduce the amount of fur your cat sheds. Using the right tools, you can ensure your cat is comfortable and happy while you brush away the excess fur: fur which would have otherwise ended up all over your home. Mat removing tools help you remove matted and tangled hair, while not harming your cat’s delicate skin.

Bathing your cat regularly can also help control the amount of fur shed around your household. It removes loose excess hair, and also helps keep your cat’s skin and coat clean and healthy. Make sure you use high quality cat shampoo, as cheap brands can often cause irritation.

If you’re still at the stage of choosing which cat to buy, there are three breeds to consider which shed less. These are the obviously hairless Sphynx, the Cornish Rex and the Devon Rex. If the above solutions seem like too much for you, it might be worth considering these three lovely breeds of cat.