Cats, like humans, shed their hair almost daily. They do this for several reasons, but the main reason is to get rid of dead hair.
Cats can’t just put on or take off their coats when they get hot or cold. So, during seasonal changes, they’ll shed their winter coat for a lighter one to regulate their body temperature.
Cats start to shed their coat from a young age when they’re still kittens. Depending on their breed, they can begin to shed between six to 12 months of age.
Cats shed according to how many hours they spend in sunlight. This is called a photoperiodic reaction and affects most living things, including plants.
Outdoor cats get the most amount of sun as they’ll probably spend hours lazing in it and bathing in its warmth. For this reason, it will shed mostly in spring and fall.
In fall, they prepare for the freezing winter weather by shedding their old coat to make room for a new, warmer coat.
In spring, off comes the winter coat, and your cat is more likely to sport thinner, airy coat for the blazing summer months. You can help get rid of this thick winter coat by brushing them regularly.
Indoor cats steadily shed their fur all year-round. This also means that they shed little fur compared to the twice-a-year shedding that outdoor cats do.
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