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Getting Purrsonal – Shedloads Of Fur
By Tania Marie de Saram
At Purrfect and Pooch, the well-being of any animal is our top priority, and the services we recommend reflect this. During the hot, summer months, your furry friend may benefit from a shave due to the possibility of overheating, and also because spending more time outside lends itself to excessive matting. Debris may become embedded in that silky coat, which inevitably causes discomfort.
However, when the weather is cold, we like to take advantage of the thermal protection offered by your feline’s coat, and suggest a deshed wherever possible. Moulting is a normal, natural process and just like in hoomans, dead hair is eliminated from the body to promote good condition. It is influenced by photoperiod, so at least twice a year you may notice you are sweeping up more fur than usual! During spring cats lose their heavy winter coats, and in autumn they prepare for its regrowth. However, shedding often occurs throughout the year due to their exposure to the light and temperature control in modern housing.
We advocate combing and brushing long or medium-haired pusses daily, but even short-haired kitties need a weekly helping hand as they are not exempt from moulting. Breeds such as the British Shorthair and the Scottish Fold have particularly dense coats, and if left unattended, fur may develop matting, with fine knots deep in the undercoat quickly spreading further. This leaves sore, bare patches and skin irritation, not to mention hairballs. We do not recommend you try to remove these clusters with scissors or blades, as feline skin is especially delicate, and even a small nick may generate a large tear which requires veterinary intervention; feel free to call us if you would like some complimentary advice, as we are only too happy to help.
As with all our grooming services, we consider the age of your furry friend, pre-existing medical conditions, and personal preferences. We will also ask whether she lives indoors exclusively or favours outdoor life, as the last thing we want is for her to feel uncomfortable. If you are ever unsure about which treatment is the most suitable, any member of the team will be happy to discuss your individual needs! ❤