One of my cats are shedding..need advise

My children - Bro and sissy
United States
March 29, 2007 7:47pm CST
I have two lovely cats. One is a long haired blond and white tom. The other is a tortie short hair. She is the one that sheds like there is no tomorrow. I brush her daily, feed her premium food. How come she sheds, and he doesn't? Click on the tiny pick, so you can see my babies.
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@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
30 Mar 07
You should make sure that the cat food you do feed your little ones is one that helps with shedding. Many premium brands - even those made for indoor cats - do not.
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• United States
30 Mar 07
I have tried a few of the top brands, and they are very expensive. Only one cat sheds.
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@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
30 Mar 07
Also, keep in mind that it is spring. I know our male cat always sheds more this time of year to get rid of his winter coat.
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• United States
31 Mar 07
We don't really have much difference in weather out here, and it is my female that is shedding.
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@fluffeee (14)
• United States
30 Mar 07
I have a tool that is awesome for you to try! Its called the Defurminator. I once saw a groomer using the tool and I decided I had to get one for myself. Currently I have 3 cats and 1 dog and the hair is enough to probably start another species. The comb works by removing the undercoat and leaving the topcoat. My cats are ones that don't necessarily liked to be brushed but this they don't really mind at all. I will try to include some photos for you to see for yourself. I found it in a pet store called pet smart but it may be elsewhere to.
• United States
30 Mar 07
I'm sorry still new at this and I haven't figured out how to add pictures to a discussion yet.
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@cblackink (969)
• United States
30 Mar 07
What magnificent kitties! A friend of mine told me the best thing to use to stop shedding is activated charcoal. You can buy it in health food stores in capsules. You break open the capsule and mix it in wet food. I haven't tried this yet but since I take the stuff myself, I know it probably isn't going to hurt.
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• United States
30 Mar 07
cblackink, thank you so much for the advise and your sweet compliment. I don'tknow why she sheds so much. I will give it a try. ++ rating for you so far.
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• Australia
21 Apr 07
I don't know about the cats, but I shed hair myself. I might have to look at this myself, thanks for the suggestion.
@1983tyler (508)
• United States
31 Mar 07
Does she normally shed like this? or is this something new? It could be that she is shedding her winter coat. I know you have been having some hot weather there.
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• United States
4 Apr 07
She has been like this since we got her about 7 months ago. We have no winters here.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
30 Mar 07
Just a spring time thing. Our bunny has started to shed too. The cats are in and out so much they still have yet to begin to shed. Only one is a longer haired guy and it will not be a problem for us. Keep brushing your beauty and that will become quality time for you.
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• United States
31 Mar 07
We don't have much of a change in seasons here in the desert. She gets brushed daily, and still sheds so much.
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
30 Mar 07
Keeping up with the shedding problem can be a full time job. I have often used the vaccuum on my smaller cat. Just trying to get the loose hair off of her. I even did the dandruffy dog this morning, although she though it was a game and kept attacking the wand. The bigger male cat will have nothing to do with the vac. When it is turned on, he is in orbit around mars in 2.5 seconds. I have a glove I sometimes use to brush them...if they allow it. I don't know that you can really prevent them from shedding.
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• United States
4 Apr 07
No vacume for my kitties, they take off. The glove picks it up, but she is non stop shedding since we got her 7 months ago.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
30 Mar 07
Oh Margie they are so sweet your babies. Well what I do is wash them but I dont recommend you do it.LOL Because Ive been bathing them since they have been kittens. Bathing them really helps and I know your brushing them good job keep doing that. Also what kind of a brush do you use? You have to use a wire brush it gets out all the excess hair. Thats the kinda of brush I use to use when I was grooming animals.
• United States
4 Apr 07
Thanks Terry. I use a wire brush, but, no matter how much she gets brushed, she sheds and sheds. Whenever I pet her, I get a handful of hair.
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
30 Mar 07
I usually give them fish oil capsules one a day when the shed too much.I think the oil is good for them.Even olive or corn will help in small doses...Like 1/4 tsp. Hope it helps
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• United States
30 Mar 07
I will try this first, before the charcoal capsuls. I don't know why the long hair doesn't shed, just the short hair. We adopted her a few months ago. She was a mess. Skinny, dull coat, dandruff, scruffy looking. Now she is plump, silky and no dandruff. But sheds so much.
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
30 Mar 07
Cute kitties. I hate to have to tell you this; but, the shedding is determined by the genes. Some breeds shed more than others. In mixed breed cats, you don't know what the mix will result in as far as shedding goes until they are several months old. I also have a pair of cats and I can brush one and get a HUGE pile of fur in a few minutes. The other cat I can brush for half an hour and berely get any. Same house, same age (withing a couple of months), same food, water, temperatures, etc.; it is in their genes.
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• United States
20 Apr 07
My Tortie sheds a lot too. Somedays I think I could make a whole new cat out of the hair she leaves lying on the carpet. I brush her every day too. It's worse in spring because as it gets harder she sheds her winter coat. I have taken to using the vacuum hose with the diffuser tool on it to get off some of the hair. It seems to help a lot. This is a two person job - one person to hold the cat one person to vaccuum. After the cat gets over the initial fear - and gets used to it - they will start to like it.
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
18 Apr 07
unfortunately i am allergic to cats but i have had cats most of my life, and turning allerigic was horrible =( However one of mine used to shed alot as well and i used to shower him, that really helped. I have also heard that tuna in oil is supposed to be good for this purpose, but i have never really tried it
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@CatEyes (2449)
• United States
18 Apr 07
It is the type of breed they are. We all know that they shed each season and so forth, but there are some things you can do to help with it. You can buy lesithin and give it to the cats; this will make the coats glossy and not shed so profusely and you can also buy and give brewers yeast. They just love the stuff and it does the same thing as well as help the hair balls.
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• United States
4 Apr 07
Margie, My baby sheds like that too. I brush her every morning and soemtimes at other times during the day and still I pet her and she sheds. I thought at first it was because we brought an outside cat in and made her an indoor cat, but it hasn't changed much and she's been inside for six months now. She just seems to leave her hair around, no matter how much I brush her. My solution has been to just accept it and give her olive oil every couple weeks so she doesn't get hairballs...can't have her getting sick. Otherwise, just like your pretty baby, she has soft shiny fur and it's thick and lush...she just leaves it behind when she lays on things.
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• India
15 Dec 07
I like to put my hair up most of the time, I'll use scrunchies, bands and hair bands depending on how I want to style it that day. In fact the only time I'll wear my hair down is if I got out for an evening! During the summer I always keep my hair tied back and braided and use scrunchies but I also always have my little braided side-lock which when I go out not only braid, but have beads in it, plus my dream catcher hair tie I made plus, yes a turquoise blue feather!During the cooler months I'll wear my hair loose