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 Post subject: Shedding / moulting
PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:35 pm 
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Just wondering - how long do bengals shed for?

My OH is allergic to cats which is the main reason we adopted a bengal. And he's been fine with her up until about 2 weeks ago when she started shedding like crazy.

I'm hoovering a lot more and brushing her daily, but I was wondering how long I can expect this to last for? Please don't say it'll be all summer or I'm going to get a cleaner, I really hate vacuuming!!

I read somewhere that house cats shed all year round rather than lots in spring - have other people found this?


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:06 pm 
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Nala is shedding....

We're using a zoom groom and she (now) seems to love it, do it in an outside area if you can.

I've read monthly bathing cats can help with allergies, how would your cats feel about it, and your hands?! :D


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:29 pm 
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Simba doesn't seem to shed hardly at all, can't get near enough to stroke Jinx to find out :twisted: selina x

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:47 am 
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The brush I've got is pretty good and reaches the lower coat layers, but bathing is out for the moment. Bella was very timid when we got her and we haven't long progressed past being able to stroke her.

OH has been better since I've been hoovering more this week, and also if I change clothes after spending time playing with her. Added bonus - Bella's coat looks amazingly shiny and well conditioned from all the brushing! :)


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:13 pm 
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I found last year that they were shedding from April to June/July, so it felt like a lot of hoovering :( It's been a lot less so far this year *fingers crossed* so it was hopefully something about them leaving kittenhood? They only turned 1 last year.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:58 pm 
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as an alternative to bathing apparently just gently wiping the coat with a damp towel, or a wet rubber glove every few days can help. im told that actually most cat allergies are to a combination of dead skin and also the saliva rather than the hair itself. the cat obviously grooms themselves a lot while shedding leaving heaps of slobbery hair around the place which is why the allergy appears to get worse when the cat sheds a lot. lovely image isnt it! My father is severly allergic to cats (and about everything else on the planet) and his consultant at the hospital told him this when my brother bought my mum a kitten as a present. so far he is surviving with that and daily antihistamines...


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:08 pm 
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Mine are shedding too. I groom them whenever I can get my hands on them. Seems to be getting less now.

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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 5:50 pm 
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I thought Bengals did not shed hardly at all? This is interesting.


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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 6:18 pm 
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Bengals do shed, not as much as other breeds, but they do shed..

my F2 boy is shedding loads, but his fur is much thicker than my other 2

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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 6:23 pm 
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Ive not notice Joe shed....although I live with 2 longcoat Shepherds so abit of cat hair probably would go unnoticed....I hoover everything everyday lol

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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 7:13 pm 
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It seems to have calmed down a bit now with Bella. When I first posted you could see puffs of fur in the air every time I stroked her, and her bedding was covered in the stuff.

I do run the brush over her most days but her bedding is looking much less hairy now. (Maybe because I am brushing her more?) I'm still hoovering a lot too which she loves nearly as much as I do :wink:

Is it an indoor / outdoor cat thing?


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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 7:51 pm 
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Well I live with a pug (they shed TONS!!!!!) and with two toddlers I vacuum EVERY DAY, sometimes twice a day just because I am a neat freak. I don't think I will notice a little bengal hair then, eh?


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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 8:02 pm 
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LOL ladybug, my OH would love a pug if we didn't both work! I'm surprised they shed so much though- they seem to have hardly any coat (compared to say, a spaniel).


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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 9:43 pm 
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Mine have stopped shedding now. It wasn't bad. But a little surprising as I thought they won;t have shed as much?

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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 9:07 pm 
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TigerTea wrote:
LOL ladybug, my OH would love a pug if we didn't both work! I'm surprised they shed so much though- they seem to have hardly any coat (compared to say, a spaniel).


Oh yes, pugs are shedding machines! I MUST vacuum every. single. day. I have oak wood floors and if I did not vacuum, it would be so nasty. I LOVE my pug, but oh the shedding!!!!!


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