Stress shedding in cats

by Pamela
(B.C.)

Our lovely newly adopted Siamese is still stress shedding after nearly 6 weeks. In all their respects she has really settled down. How long might she do this? I even have cat hair on my computer!

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Mar 21, 2020
Bella
by: Lynn

What a beautiful name. I am glad she is doing well.

Mar 21, 2020
Bella's shedding
by: Pamela

Thank you for your suggestions. I have Feeliway plugged into several outlets in the house, and I have a vet recommended brush. Bella doesn't like the brush that much but I'm brushing daily so hopefully she'll get used to it. She loves to play & will chase the fur wand about a lot during the day, so I think she's feeling comfortable with us, so perhaps the shedding is just normal for her. In the past we've had long haired cats that shed in clumps, so maybe I've just forgotten how much these short haired cats shed.

Mar 21, 2020
Stress shedding in cats
by: Lynn

Siamese are particularly high strung anyway. Every emotion seems to be larger than life. This is a topic I really needed to research because I have never really thought about it. I have six cats, and cat hair is just a part of life, and I see the effects as I sweep gobs of it from the floor. I often wonder how such a small animals can shed so much.

This is why they shed so much when taken to the vet, like the moment they are put on the table, cat hair seems to fly everywhere. These of course are signs that the cat is under a lot of stress.

Cats shed more when stressed so it is a normal physiological response. However when there are instances of excessive shedding then taking extra precautions is suggested for the health of your cat.
Do you have a multicat home? Or is she the only cat? Introducing a new cat can cause extra stress on all the cats. One of the best things I have gotten for over stressed or aggressive behavior is Feliway. It will calm your Siamese. You can get it at a pet store or Amazon. I would also check on the places and the number of litter boxes. If you have a multi-cat home, having a litter box per cat is the best way of assuring less stress. Cats can be very emotional about their litter boxes.

Cats are extremely creatures of habit. They often have a designated safe place in their home, maybe she had not adapted to her new living environment. She just might feel unsafe for awhile in her new living area. I do believe that in time she will adapt and eventually come around. She has a lot to adjust to, the different smells, the arrangement of furniture, and different sounds.

As long as its not excessive to the point where she is not over licking herself or pulling out hair, then she should be ok. One of my male cats started getting bald spots all over his body. He was overly stressed because of a new member. But then again, he did this every winter, some years has been worse than others.

Other things that can help is regular brushing. Though she may not like that at first. Make sure that he food is healthy and balanced, and that she gets plenty of fresh water. I got my cats a pet fountain, its actually pretty small and does not take much room, they love drinking running water.

I hope this helps, please let us know how things are going with your precious fur baby.

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