Posted 12th Feb 2018
With the weather starting to warm up we're not the only ones who are packing away our winter wardrobe in favour of our spring collection
Pet owners will start to notice changes in their cat or dogs coat too, as they shed their winter fur to make way for their summer coat, helping to regulate their body temperature and keeping them cool during the warmer months.
However, if the thought of your pet shedding fur all over the house brings you out in a cold sweat, don't worry! Stuart Simons, FURminator's Grooming Expert and Founder of The Groomer's Spotlight has busted some of the most common myths about shedding fur, so you can be sure your four-legged friend is left with a healthy and glossy coat.
1 All pets shed the same amount - MYTH
The rate at which your pet's coat sheds will depend on a number of factors, including the breed, age and general health of your cat or dog, affecting how much fur they lose as well as whether they live predominantly indoors or outdoors. For instance, pets are kept indoors which are more likely to shed evenly throughout the year as their body temperature stays more regulated compared to a pet craving the outdoors.
2 Pets shed because of a change in temperature - MYTH
A pet doesn't shed more in spring because the weather is getting warmer - it's actually because of the amount of daylight they find they're exposed to. Central heating will also play a part, which is why indoor pets will also shed - the difference in daylight has the biggest effect on our pet's coats.
As the clocks go forward and the days become longer, you could notice your pet's shedding start to increase, particularly if you spend a lot of time outdoors. This is due to the fluctuations in the hormone melatonin, which is secreted by the pineal gland in response to seasonal sunlight variations.
3 Cats groom themselves so I don't need to help - MYTH
When it comes to cats, owners believe that self-grooming is enough to keep their coat and skin strong and healthy, often only turning to grooming tools to get rid of any tangled fur or dirt, instead of establishing a routine.
During shedding season, the worst you may end up with is a hairy wardrobe and home, but your cat could be a bigger risk. With up to two thirds of the hair a cat sheds during self-grooming becoming ingested, hairballs can be a danger and lead to digestive issues. Help cats out with frequent grooming to keep hairballs at bay.
4 Shaving - the best way to deal with shedding - MYTH
The general reaction to excessive shedding is the impulse to shave. Yet this doesn't prevent shedding. Instead, pets will continue to shed but the hair will be shorter. This method also leads to post clipping alopecia. If this occurs, your pet's coat will take longer to grow back and can become thin and wispy, thus leaving them prone to sunburn and a patchy, scruffy coat.
Tips courtesy of FURminator