Sunday, November 9, 2014

Hair, Hair Everywhere!

Please help me!  My cat is shedding by the handfuls!

“There is cat hair everywhere. How can I keep my cat’s shedding to a minimum? What really is the best way since there are so many opinions being promoted? I don’t know what’s best!  HELP!”

At Kitty’s Purrfect Spa we hear this all the time. Some shedding is normal and healthy. However excess shedding can be controlled. A recent cat publication suggested three steps to make life with cats that shed easier: 1.) Groom regularly (bath and comb), 2.) Feed a balanced diet (recommended by a vet), and 3.) Keep fur under control (easier said than done). While Kitty’s Purrfect Spa agrees with these steps, we can see how difficult it is for owners to understand them, let alone follow them correctly.

Regular grooming (bath and comb) is essential to reduce shedding! Some owners will skip the bath and go right for the comb out. This is when problems occur! If you attempt to comb out a greasy, matted kitty it will not end well.  Essentially you will be pulling on the coat, causing discomfort to your cat and in turn provoking an aggressive reaction from Kitty because it HURTS! Kitty’s Purrfect Spa knows many owners do not understand that cats with shedding problems may need to be bathed as often as every two weeks with a feline safe degreasing product. The bottom line is that excessive shedding may be the result of too little or improper grooming.

Eating a balanced diet is good advice for both humans and animals. The problem is that many humans don’t know what a balanced diet is when it comes to their cat. Kitty’s Purrfect Spa recommends that owners feed their cats the diet recommended by their veterinarian. Your veterinarian will have the best understanding and up to date information for the different foods on the market, as well as any health or life stage issues of your Kitty. This makes your veterinarian the best resource you have in choosing the correct diet for your Kitty. Remember that even though you view your kitty as a human member of your family, their physiology is not exactly human. They will require a diet suitable  to their feline biology.

When it comes to keeping fur under control owners can be overwhelmed by all the product options offered at their favorite pet stores. Kitty’s Purrfect Spa recently visited one well-known pet store and counted no less than 18 products ranging in price from $5 to $50 dollars. While all of these products guaranteed the removal of excess fur, some of these products had very sharp metal edges and those sold as professional grooming tools  contained actual razor blades. Such products may not be the safest or even best way to remove Kitty’s dead undercoat (excess fur). When buying  a “De Shed” product always do your research!  Read up on exactly how the item you plan to purchase removes the dead fur. Kitty’s Purrfect Spa  is aware of at least three different tools that are problematic. One product is known to scrape off and even cut off the delicate living feline fur, in addition to the dead undercoat. A second product had clever advertising. It showed the dangers of the first product while claiming to be safer. However, the blades were as close together as a flea comb, which means it would pull the cat’s hair (hurting Kitty) and ending up in a battle of wills between human and Kitty! The last product Kitty’s Purrfect Spa saw was not able to produce better results than just petting Kitty with your hand.

Shopping for a tool to De Shed Kitty is difficult because you just can’t be certain it will safely and effectively produce the desired results! Some owners purchase expensive De Shedding tools, attempt to use them on Kitty, Kitty gets angry, and the tools are never used again. The primary reason these products are ineffective and often times unsafe is because they were originally designed for use by professionally trained groomers.

How does Kitty’s Purrfect Spa solve the problem of shedding?

We have a proven process! First, we give Kitty a warm water massage bath with our kitty-safe degreasing product. Next we use a force dryer process to blow out all the loose hair. This is not only effective, but most cats enjoy this less stressful way of hair removal. For cats with a  thick under coat or that are simply prone to shedding, we add our De Shed Treatment, which consists of a suction vacuum with a special attachment that safely sucks out and removes all the dead under coat. For cats prone to hairball issues, Kitty’s Purrfect Spa recommends shaving Kitty’s belly. When more drastic measures are required, our lion cut is an excellent option. With a lion cut Kitty’s Purrfect Spa will shave the body of your kitty leaving the head, legs and tail in full coat.

Kitty’s Purrfect Spa has proven De Shedding options that our clients are extremely satisfied with! Give us six months to prove to you that with our regular grooming procedures, Kitty’s Purrfect Spa can solve your Kitty’s excess shedding problems!

Published May 1, 2014 Kitty's Purrfect Spa Newsletter

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