How can I make sure my cat has beautiful fur

A glossy, shiny coat is a sign of good health. Here are some of the factors that help keep your cat’s coat in fantastic condition.

For you, stroking your cat is enjoyable as the softness of her coat is relaxing and soothing. For her, fur protects her skin from external aggressions and helps keep her warm. So maintaining her beautiful coat through grooming is an essential part of her day, to help keep it thick and shiny.

Diet also plays a key role. Proteins are necessary for the renewal of hair, and fat for shine and flexibility. Trace elements such as zinc and copper also contribute to its colour and brilliance. Heat and weather will also increase how often she will moult her coat. Her emotional balance and health can alter her grooming behaviour - a sick or depressed cat grooms less, or even excessively. In short, there are many factors which can affect her fur.

To help ensure your cat's coat stays in beautiful condition, monitor her health closely and give her regular treatments against internal and external parasites. To avoid nutritional deficiencies, which can result in hair loss and dull or brittle fur, it is advisable to choose a balanced diet containing all the nutrients needed to maintain a healthy coat.

When your cat grooms herself, she ingests the dead hair. If she is losing large quantities, such as during a moult, the hair can form a ball in her stomach. To help decrease the amount of ingested hair, it is wise to brush her regularly. How often you should brush her will depend on the length of her fur, with long haired cats requiring the most attention.

An adult indoor cat spends about 30% of her waking time licking her coat.
The risk of hairball formation can be lowered by choosing a special diet for your cat.