Molting in cats and dogs

Molting in cats and dogs


March is not only the time of the first snowdrops, warm sunshine, bouquets of mimosa, and high spirits but also … the beginning of the spring molt for your fluffy household. In your eyes, have you already flashed the memories of wool puffs all over the apartment and the “increased hairiness” of clothes (especially washed and ironed, preferably black)?

Molting in cats

At a time when nature is renewing, the same natural process occurs in the life of pets – the change of fur – which is often accompanied by the restoration of the stratum corner of the epidermis.

Such a mechanism, no matter how annoying it may seem to us, is absolutely necessary for our eared comrades in order to prepare for changes in climatic conditions: that is, in the fall, thick fur comes instead of the heat-conducting hair coat, and in the spring it again “lightens”, while in the second case, more intense molt than winter.

What to do when changing wool?

First, you need to determine the beginning of molting, for this, just slightly pull the pet’s fur: if a piece remains in your hands, it’s time to take action. No matter how trite it may sound, combing from the first days gives a very good result and can save you not only from fluff clubs on the floor but also from tangles. To do this, in any pet store you will find a large selection of combs, slickers, combs, collar cutters, and even mittens that will ease your suffering, relieve the “fluffy” of dead hair and speed up the process of changing fur coats.

In addition to seasonal, age and compensation molt are also distinguished. In the first case, the silky thin fur of babies is replaced by a coarser adult one. In the second, the body naturally regenerates damaged areas.

Do not assume that only long-haired breeds of domestic predators “throw off their fur coat”, short-haired comrades also have something to get rid of, and very smooth individuals donate barely noticeable down.

Molting in dogs: Potential shedding problems and solutions

It is believed that this process takes about 6-7 weeks (slightly faster in young dogs and cats). If your miracle sheds fur all year round, this could be the result of:

  • unbalanced diet,
  • lack of minerals.
  • problems with the gastrointestinal tract.

So that the molt does not drag on, take care of a complete diet for your pet. First, you should pay attention to the protein content in the composition, because it is the main building material of the body. Moreover, by their nature, our smaller brothers are carnivores, which means that in their natural habitat, a significant part of their daily menu is meat. Omega-3 / Omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids and B vitamins should also be a part of your pet’s diet, as these elements play an important role in the formation of a shiny and healthy coat and help maintain immunity in general.

Fortunately, American family-owned company Evanger’s has developed a recipe for nearly perfect canned delicacies that perfectly meet the needs of tamed followers of wolves and saber-toothed tigers. Now your fluffy gourmets will delight you not only with their perky games but also with their silky fur.

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