British Shorthair sheds lesser than most healthy indoor cats of the same size. They will shed a little, which is natural, and here are some ways to reduce it.
Make Sure it’s Not Health Related Issue
You should visit the vet regularly to make sure your cat is healthy and free of health issues which causes excessive shedding. Look out for any dry or bald patches as they are usually brought about by parasites, allergies, dermatitis or stress related to over-grooming. If you notice any signs, you should take your cat to the vet as soon as possible because skin diseases will worsen quickly.
Follow the Right Diet
The coat of your pets mirrors their diet, what they do or do not eat create impact on the shedding process. Be sure to feed your cat with high quality food rich in both Omega-3 and Omega-6. Lacking in these fatty acids can result in hair loss, dry coat and even skin infection. Hydration is also essential for the quality of fur so owners should be aware of the ratio between wet and dry food. The problems will go away quickly after switching to healthier food. However, if the issue still hasn’t improve, a visit to the vet would be suggested.
Weekly Brushing and Grooming
Start brushing your cat once every week and you’ll notice the hair fall gets lesser and lesser eventually. There are some tools that helps such as mat removing tools, slicker brushes and deshedding tolls.
Bath or Daily Wipes
A bath would be ideal for removing any dirt or dead hair. However, we all know how British Shorthair “love” water and bathing. Therefore, you can use towels to wipe them down for less stress on the cat and less messy for yourself. In any case you decided to give your cat a bath, make sure to keep them indoors for at least 4 to 6 hours as sudden change in temperature might affect your cat’s health.
How to Keep Clean
Despite all efforts, your British Shorthair will still shed. Lesser than other breeds, but yes they still do shed. Use a wet towel or lint roller to clean up your house oftenly and you won’t notice your cat shedding as much.