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Tips for Dealing With Your Pet’s Shedding

September 15, 2015

Our four-legged friends certainly have a way of leaving their marks on our hearts. They also have a way of leaving fur all over our clothing and furniture. At peak shedding times, some of our four-legged friends shed enough to clothe a whole other animal! Below, an Oconomowoc, WI vet offers tips for dealing with your pet’s shedding.

Use Furniture Covers

To keep your sofa and chairs fur-free, use washable furniture covers. Look for ones that are easy to get on and off.

Choose Materials Carefully

Some materials trap hair more easily than others do. Opt for microfiber, leather, or pleather.


Vacuuming is an absolute must during shedding season! Vacuum daily, even if you’re just quickly going over high-traffic areas.


Regularly grooming your pet will help remove excess fur. The more pet hair you capture with a brush, the less you’ll find on your clothes and furniture! Be sure to give your furry pal a yummy treat after you’re done!

Keep Cats Indoors

Outdoor cats often shed more than indoor kitties. This is because cats that are allowed outside are more exposed to seasonal and temperature variations that trigger shedding cycles. If you keep Fluffy inside, she’ll not only shed less, she’ll also be safer and healthier!

Proper Nutrition

Proper nourishment will help keep your pet’s fur shiny and healthy, so there will be less dead fur. Be sure to feed your furkid a good, nutritious diet. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Cleaning Tips

Did you know that a squeegee is great for removing pet fur from upholstery? Try it! Another option is to wipe your couch down while wearing rubber gloves. A dry sponge can also work.


Many pet stores sell kitty tunnels with attached brushes that help groom your cat. Whether your cat would actually use one, however, depends on your furball’s individual preferences. Another recent invention is the vacuum and/or vacuum attachment made specifically for removing excess fur from pets. This isn’t a good choice for all pets, of course: some animals are too frightened of the noise to make this a viable option. That said, if your furkid is generally calm and enjoys being groomed, it may be worth a try. Ask your vet for advice.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Oconomowoc, WI vet clinic, anytime!