Get ready! That extra furry time of year is upon us and the Cat Gods are already prepared to spread the gloriousness of their coat across all of your personal items — to remind you who really belongs to who.
Shedding fur is a natural process for all Cat Gods, whether they remain indoors or are allowed outside. You may find that during the spring and fall, shedding becomes especially noticeable and that is because the Cat Gods are losing their winter undercoat in the spring, and shedding their summer coat in the fall to prepare for winter.
Believe it or not, this isn’t based on the change in temperature, but rather the length of days and amount of sunlight. This is why indoor and outdoor cats follow the same furry routine, although indoor Cat Gods tend to shed more regularly year round due to the effect that artificial light can have on this process.
Be Sensitive to Cat Shedding Season
While we may struggle with the influx of hairy reminders of our whiskered lords — across our carpets, clothing, and couches — we must be kind to our Cat Gods as they experience this transformation. As they are mourning the loss of their beloved coats, of which they have spent countless hours grooming daily, we can still prevent our homes from becoming fluffy wonderlands with some common good practices.
Indeed, the Cat Gods will need plenty of soothing pets and calming words of reassurance as they go through this loss, so be aware of their needs as you simultaneously remove their fur from sight. This can be a painful reminder of all their hard work, so it’s preferable that you be as discreet as possible.
Brush Away Their Sorrows
One easy (and obvious) way to help the Cat Gods, as well as your wardrobe, is by brushing your Cat God(s) regularly. If your Cat God is evasive to a brush, try out different types of brushes and bristles. Some Cat Gods prefer a different type of sensation than others, so you may have to test a few out on your Cat God to find the right one. There are all kinds of grooming brushes for Cat Gods, including a glove-like brush that allows you to pet, brush and massage your Cat God all at once, so it’s important that you don’t rush the process of finding the best grooming device for your own glorious Cat God.
They’ll appreciate your efforts and it can also make the shedding process less traumatic. Furthermore, routine brushing can reduce the amount of furballs your Cat Gods develop, as they continue to groom themselves throughout the shedding season.
In addition, keeping up with your Cat God’s shedding will mean less fur ending up on your clothes (especially items like black pants and shirts) or help avoid having to vacuum twice a day. In the long run, what’s even better is that this “cat hair cleansing” can become a bonding experience for you and your Cat God, as well as a practical way to get through shedding season.
Immortalize Your Cat Gods
After you’ve given them a thorough brushing, there’s no reason why your collection should go to waste! Show your Cat Gods how much they mean to you — and how much you value their hard work — by collecting the fur and creating some amazing crafts with them! You can frame their likeness, decorate purses, boxes and books, or even immortalize your Cat Gods’ as finger puppets.
In the book Crafting with Cat Hair , Kaori Tsutaya takes Cat God worship to the next level by offering up an array of fun crafts to get you through cat shedding season. It’s not only a fun way to keep your Cat Gods near you at all times, but is a great motivator for keeping up with your cat brushing and grooming sessions.
Do Not Overlook Cat Nutrition
You may not consider the effect your Cat God’s diet is having on their fur, but it’s a major factor that you can start working on well before cat shedding season occurs. Your veterinarian can recommend foods that are rich in vitamins and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids — which helps reduce shedding by moisturizing your cat’s skin. In addition, a grain-free diet that is made of mostly — if not all, wet food — can improve the luster, texture and overall appearance of your Cat God’s coat and skin, resulting in notably less shedding and dandruff as well. A diet of regular wet food will also help your Cat God stay hydrated and prevent illnesses — particularly those associated with the urinary tract, which is a common affliction of male Cat Gods.
Supplements are also an option. In fact, there is a decent selection of natural products such as fish oils and chewable vitamin tablets that are designed specifically to keep your Cat God healthy and spry. As always, it is critical to first consult with your veterinarian before adding supplements or other substances to your Cat God’s diet.
How to Protect Against Cat Hair Shedding
As devoted Cat God guardians, we should always put the Cat Gods first, however there are ways to protect our human things as well, without the Cat Gods feeling like their needs are coming second. Investing in comfortable lounging options, such as a Cat God bed or a cover for your furniture, will allow your Cat Gods to feel worshipped, while at the same time protecting your things from fur and dander. As a Cat God guardian, you may also want to familiarize yourself with fabrics that tend to attract fur and avoid buying furniture (or clothing) in these materials. Even better, consider picking a stylish throw that will collect your Cat God’s fur during peak napping hours, and remove them once you return home or have human guests over.
In addition, an inexpensive solution that most Cat God guardians rely on, is the lint roller. Although you may want to wait until you’ve left the Cat God’s vicinity before using one…since nothing is more offensive that removing some of the Cat Gods’ most valued gifts — a piece of themselves.
Lastly, although the Cat Gods’ may run in fear, there’s nothing that can replace a quality vacuum cleaner that is built to combat pet-dander and fur. Your Cat God may eye you with hatred for a few hours afterwards, but it’s a necessary evil that the Cat Gods have learned to tolerate.
Cat Shedding Season or Something Else?
While our feline companions can lose a lot of fur during cat shedding season, there are also times when the amount of fur loss can indicate something more serious. Medical conditions such as ringworm or allergies can result in large clumps of fur being lost. In addition, if you are noticing your Cat God’s fur becoming red, scaly or irritated, or if patches of skin are exposed due to hair loss, you should consult your veterinarian.
This is another great reason why brushing and grooming your Cat God regularly is a good practice, as it can help catch unusual symptoms or changes in your Cat God’s health more quickly.
Go Forth into the Cat Hair Horizon…
As Cat God worshippers, we all know that living with fur is just part of the deal. The Cat Gods provide us with their godly presence, and we must manage the results of their little furry bodies. In return they ask for our respect and understanding, and losing their fur is not something they take lightly. In fact, they try to swallow as much of it as they possibly can, which is not really the best solution.
So collect their furballs with pride and maybe even craft it into something more that you can show off to all of your friends. Either way, best of luck during the cat shedding season to you and your Cat Gods alike!
As always: In the Cat Gods we Trust! Amen.