Scientists explain why cats and dogs shed

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Scientists reveal why cats and dogs shed

Shedding is a natural process for all pets. Usually molting is accompanied by a change of wool twice a year: in spring and summer. However, sometimes it starts out of season and lasts for a long time.

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Pets bring endless joy to our lives, but no one will argue that the only moment that breaks the idyll between the owners and their pets is molting, writes Scrubs Home Cleaning.

The constant detection of pet hair throughout the house is not only unpleasant, but also negatively affects some people with allergies.

Why do cats and dogs shed?

Scientists have explained why cats and dogs shed

Scientists reveal why cats and dogs shed

Shedding is a natural renewal of the coat. The old undercoat and guard hairs fall out to make room for new ones.

All cats and dogs shed at least some hair during the year. In the summer, shedding helps keep them cool when temperatures start to rise. Most breeds of cats and dogs go through heavy periods of shedding about twice a year. However, shedding can worsen when pets are pregnant or have certain types of illnesses.

Spring shedding helps pets shed heavy winter coats, while autumn shedding helps them prepare for winter coat raising.

The shedding cycle can change depending on how much time the pet spends inside the house rather than outside. Pets are exposed to air conditioning in summer and heating in winter, as well as artificial lighting. So it can throw off their internal clock, which can lead to a relatively constant shedding throughout the year.

It depends on the breed

Scientists have explained why cats and dogs shed

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Actually, the amount of wool you find in your home depends a lot on the breed of your dog or cat. Some breeds of cats and dogs have two thick coats of fur, while others have only one. So, for example, if you have a Maine Coon cat, you will be dealing with a lot more hair than if you have a Burmese cat. Similarly, Huskies are among the most heavily shedding dogs, while Poodles hardly shed.