No more hairballs

Throwing up hairballs isn’t natural. If cats still lived outdoors, shedded fur would be blown off or pulled off. In the home, fur detaches, gets licked into the throat and is either vomited out, or accumulates enough to create an obstruction if it doesn’t pass through the body.  Everyone has time for 15 seconds of brushing a day. For a short-haired cat, 15 seconds can mean the difference between hairballs and no hairballs. The volume of shedding fur usually increases dramatically in spring and fall.

Love glove mitt briskly stroking fur.
Love Glove mitt briskly stroking fur. Cats enjoy this.
After 3 seconds.
After 3 seconds brushing my cat Emma.
After a few more seconds . . .
After a few more seconds . . .
Done for the day. 15 seconds of brushing.
Done for the day. 15 seconds of brushing.

To buy the grooming mitt – Four Paws Purple Love Glove Cat Grooming Mitt

Photo of a cat groomer’s desk

A cat groomer's desk
The orange nail trimmers are for my beagle. The banana and the weight are mine. The other tools prevent my short-haired cat from becoming a fur-ball factory.
I brush Emma every day to stop her from becoming a fur-ball factory.
I brush Emma every day to stop her from becoming a fur-ball factory.
She rolls around and shows me her belly when I brush her.
She rolls around and shows me her belly when I brush her.

To get these tools:

Brush I’m using on Emma – Safari Pin & Bristle Medium Brush for Dogs with Wood Handle

Orange nail trimmers for dogs or large cats – Nail Clipper with Orange Handle Medium Size

Slicker brush – Pets Master Wood Handle Pet Slicker Brush with Rubber Pad and Pins, Small, Red

Love glove grooming mit – Four Paws Purple Love Glove Cat Grooming Mitt

Zoom Groom rubber brush – Kong CZG/CZG24 Zoom Groom For Cat

Cat shedding. What to do.

Cats shed more in the spring. Generally a true statement. Maine Coons shed enough fur to make another Maine Coon.

Based on observation . . .

Most common place for largest mats — along the side of body.

Most common place for smaller mats — behind ears, under chin.

Tools to use: rakes, metal combs, slicker brushes, and other tools reaching to the skin, not just skimming surface.

How often to comb/brush: Daily until shedding season is over.

How to know when shedding season is over: Less fur removed than during previous brushings/combings.

For your de-shedding toolkit . . . many types of rakes and slicker brushes will work.

To buy:

Rake: Evolution W6110 Grooming Undercoat Rake with Rotating Teeth, Double Row

Slicker brush: Four Paws Magic Coat Gentle Slicker Wire Brush for Cats

But wait, there's more!
But wait, there’s more!

Lush new fur coats now in season for your cat.

Longer days and less sunlight mean it’s time to change fur coats. Your cat does not need to have a winter fur coat delivered from the fur vault. Their coat change is “do-it-yourself.”

Telltale signs that the feline coat change is underway . . .

Tufts of dull-looking fur poking out here and there.

More strands of fur decorating your sofa.

Increased puffiness of coat.

Increased licking and grooming, followed by increased fur balls on the carpet.

If your cat is shedding more, a grooming session will keep that fur under control. In nature, your cat would frolic and scamper through bushes and grass. Excess fur would be snagged on branches. Since cats now live indoors, we have to help them get rid of extra fur.

To buy tools for deshedding:

Four Paws Purple Love Glove Cat Grooming Mitt

Evolution W6110 Grooming Undercoat Rake with Rotating Teeth, Double Row

Andis Pet 7-1/2-Inch Steel Comb (65730)

Do you need to get your long-haired cat a lion-cut in the summer?

I’d say the answer is no, but if your cat is long-haired AND obese, then the answer is yes.

As long as you have air-conditioning or cross-ventilation and shade, your well-groomed cat should be fine.

A matted cat or a cat who is not regularly combed is a different story.

Mats turn a fur coat into a blanket. Dead fur that builds up over time, unless you comb it away, mixes with living fur. That makes the coat dense and heavy. 

A bath will wash away excess oil that makes the fur stick together.

Go for a light, airy coat. If  you accomplish that goal, then your cat can enjoy the warmth of summer. If you can’t keep the coat clean and combed, hire someone who can or get a lion-cut for your cat.  

Siberian beauty from ForestWind
Siberian beauty from ForestWind

Cats never groomed themselves. Nature did.

The rain that washed away the dirt on your cat’s fur? Now that’s you.

The mist on her face that cleaned away the grime? Now that’s you.

The branches and leaves that rubbed her skin, tugging away dead fur? Now that’s you.

The tree trunks she scaled that kept her claws short? Now that’s you.

Cats never groomed themselves. Mother Nature groomed them. Now we have to do the job. Or it won’t get done.

Photo by Zenera.
Snow washing cats. Branches brushing cats. Photo by Zenera.