my non stop malting rag doll cat

spankz my ragdoll cat

spankz my ragdoll cat

Hi

I have a 9 month old ragdoll he is male, and won’t stop malting (I’m not talking a brush full I’m talking like 8 brushes full he is constantly losing his hair) he lives inside we have our home warm with the fire so we thought that he would be losing his winter coat but he has been malting like crazy 4 months now. Everyone says u just needs to brush ragdolls once a day but I have to brush him lots a day. When we 1st got him he didn’t malt how he does now, I’m now thinking is it because he is getting his adult hair and losing his kitten hair? I’m not sure but it’s driving me mad I’m 4ever cleaning and finding cat hair please help me thank you
janelle and mat


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Hi
I have some bad news for you I’m afraid. It could well be that your cat will always moult all through the year. It may vary in amount but he may always be shedding fur at some time.

The reason for this is because domestic cats now live comfortable lives with central heating we have messed up their body clock. It thinks it is always summer and so continues to shed.

In the wild when it gets colder the cat gets its winter coat which it keeps until spring when things warm up and then it shed this and gets its lighter summer coat. But without these dramatic changes in temperature there is no need to hang onto the fur.
Also depending on the breed I do think some cats do shed more anyway. My old Maine coon cats with his thick coat used to shed quite lightly and usually we would just find clumps of fur around the house. But my current two cats shed all the time too even though they are short haired moggies.

There are some conditions which can affect the hormones and can make shedding worse such as a thyroid issue but on a cat so young I would be very surprised if this were the case.

I have never owned a rag doll cat so don’t know if they do require as much brushing as you say they do. It may even be that if you brush too often you may stimulate hair growth and make things worse, perhaps if for a period of time you just brush once a day to see if over time things ease.

But the last time I spoke to my vet about excessive shedding he looked at me as if I was mad and said well that’s what cats do. You could mention it to your vet the next time you visit to see if he feels whether or not there may be a hormone issue if he thinks the shedding is excessive.

Best wishes Kate

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by: Anonymous

I've had cats all my life, but never owned a ragdoll, I've had my two ragdoll boys for nearly a year now, I've never seen shedding like it in my life! I've even woken up and thrown up over my bed having cat hair stuck in my throat,it is EVERYWHERE! I'm constantly hoovering, and I've tried the not brushing so much etc nothing works .. help! As I'm at the end of my tether

Multiply by 2
by: Anonymous

Got to agree with title "ragdoll" multiplied by 2. We have 2, one is 6 and the other 4. We got both 4 years ago and it has been a loosing battle ever since. No amount of combing makes a difference. Shaving is a viable option it's just so expensive. We've done it twice to the tune of $100+ per cat each time and it should be done at least three times a year. You walk thru the house and fine filament just puffs into the air. They are fed a high end dry food but I will try a wet food after reading various posts. I'm doubting it will do anything except get them use to it. I've had cats all my life and I'm 64 but never have I experienced the degree of shedding that these 2 do. If these 2 preceed me into the great beyond, I'm getting a miniature poodle. I hear they shed very little.

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by: Anonymous

Oh great so no real solution. So need to find a way to part ways without scarring my child who loves the cat. Cat hair flying in the air and over kitchen counters which are wiled twice a day is too much.

Shedding
by: Cindy

I do brush them. I use a brush, cat comb, furminator and a Zoom Groom to name a few. They don't like the furminator probably because it has steel teeth. They also matt quite alot. I find the cat comb works the best but I think the hair is here to stay ! They don't really like to be picked up either but they are entertaining and sweet. I'm learning to adjust :-)

Shedding
by: Cindy

My two ragdolls shed alot. I thought they didn't shed ! It sticks to everything and I'm not too impressed when it's in my food:-( My husband is getting sick of it. I find I don't want to pick them up because of it and that doesn't seem right either.

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you need to make sure that you brush your cats fur at least twice a week using a special brush. That way there is less to shed into the environment. It will also make sure your cats coats are kept healthy.

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by: Anonymous

I have even worse news for you! I have a 3 year old ragdoll that does the same thing! We have tried overbrushing and underbrushing and neither one makes a difference. As a matter of fact, I found your question while googling the same question! LOL! It is so gros in my house with all the hair. You can even see it floating in the air, and it makes me sick! I'm half tempted to shave the cat, however, I don't think he would be very cooperative! I'm thinking that there is no real solution to this problem!

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