Why Does My Cat Shed So Much?

Pretty much all cats shed, but how much is too much? By: Sarah Marriage

You woke up this morning and found cat hair everywhere. It was on the floor, the couch, the tables and your clothes.

That’s a real a problem when you need to get to work.

You ask yourself, “Why does my cat shed so much?!”

All pets shed, but sometimes there is an underlying health problem whose symptoms include excessive shedding.

Excessive Shedding in Cats

Although shedding is normal, shedding excessively is a red flag. There are many potential reasons for non-seasonal coat loss:

  • Cheap food. Foods can be inexpensive at the grocery store, but that doesn’t mean your pet is getting proper nutrition. A super-premium food may resolve the problem. Nutrition is as important to our pets’ health as it is to our own.
  • Allergies. Allergies in cats can cause major losses in coat. If your cat also itches and scratches at his body, you very well may be dealing with allergies. Please seek veterinary care regarding allergies.
  • Hyperthyroidism. This thyroid disorder is the result of too many hormones being released. This condition must be addressed by your veterinarian. There is no home remedy for hyperthyroidism in cats.
  • Hormonal changes. This is normal when you are dealing with a pregnant female or a lactating cat. Be sure that she is getting the proper nutrition for the kittens as well as for herself. The coat should grow back soon after the babies are weaned.

Check out the video below of Smudge the cat, who sheds just a smidge too much:

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