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July 2015 Issue

When There’s Hair, Hair Everywhere

Shedding is usually seasonal, but factors such as diet, genetics and even temperament can all trigger it

If clouds of cat hair donít complement you, your furniture or your home, you may be among the owners looking for solutions to shedding. Dermatologist William H. Miller, VMD, Medical Director of the Cornell University Companion Animal Hospital, has a simple two-step prescription to tame it: a brush and a vacuum. Shedding is a normal function. However, Dr. Miller offers this cautionary advice: If your catís shedding appears to be unusually heavy or results in bald spots, make a veterinary appointment to determine if he has an underlying medical condition. High fevers, allergies, the hormonal imbalance hyperthyroidism, pregnancy and parasites like fleas and ticks can cause a cat to shed excessively.

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