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What to do if a cat gets stung by a bee?

As a cat owner it is important to ask yourself if you know what to do if your cat swallows or gets stung by a bee. Will you be prepared if this happens while on a family camping trip, or in the wee hours of the morning? Cats and bee stings can result in a serious situation depending on how many times your cat got stung and on what part of your cat’s body. Cats are curious animal, so when they get stung by bees it’s usually on the face, nose, or paw. The old adage, “curiosity killed the cat”, actually has an element of truth. Cats are nosy creatures, sniffing at anything of interest. Since felines find insects interesting, they sniff at them, and if they stick their nose where it doesn’t belong, that could turn out to be fatal. So, let’s take a comprehensive look at what happens if a cat got stung by a bee. Cats and bees Since their bodies are small, a bee sting can have a greater, faster effect on cats than it does on humans . Cats react to bee stings a lot like people do. You can expe

Do Maine Coon Cats Shed?

Those of you who had Maine Coon as a pet will be smiling at this question.

But if you are thinking of buying a Maine Coon, you should know that all Coons do shed.

Do Maine Coon shed a lot? Well, for all their beautiful appearance as long-haired cats, Coons are notorious for shedding a high amount of hair.

You shouldn’t be surprised if you find your Coon’s hair gathering in your bed, stuck to your new black pants, spread all over your floors, on your sofa and seats of your car.

Many Coon owners struggle with Shedding and in this post, we will be looking at what is the purpose of shedding and why Cat Breed like Maine Coon shed so much and how often do they shed.

We will then look at some of the measures which you can take to reduce the shedding.

How often do Maine coons shed?


Maine Coon is a long or medium haired cat. Their Coat is uneven in length.

The Maine Coon is known for its large size and thick double coat of long hair which is well suited for the harsh winters in Maine, the state from which they originated.

Their dense water-resistant fur is longer and shaggier on their underside and rear for extra protection when they are walking or sitting on top of wet surfaces of snow or ice.

Fur on head, neck and shoulders is short, becoming gradually longer along the back toward the tail and down the sides toward the belly.

There is a frontal ruff, generally heavier on males than females

The coat is subject to seasonal variation, with the fur being thicker in the winter and thinner during the summer.

For Cats which are outdoor, you’ll find that your Maine Coon will shed a lot of hair in the Spring as they lose their heavy winter coat and again at the turn of Autumn as they lose their Summer coat and get ready for the winter.

Maine Coon which are always kept indoors, however, are prone to smaller fluctuations in coat thickness and tend to shed evenly all year.

As an indoor Cat, your coon is exposed to artificial light and controlled temperatures that can confuse his coat and prevent it from going through this typical grow-and-shed cycle.

Because he doesn't need to completely alter his coat throughout the year to stay comfortable, your coon will typically shed some hair continuously as it naturally dies and falls out.

Could Excessive Shedding be a Potential Health Problem?


Knowing the difference between hair shedding and fur loss is important so you are able to identify if there are any underlying issues with your Coon.

Most likely culprit for loosing hair is poor skin health.

Skin health are depended on various factors like:-

  • what kind of food you are feeding


A deficiency in Omega 3 and Omega 6 leads to a dull and dry coat, hair loss, and greasy skin, and may    also worsen certain skin infections. The good news is that the skin regenerates rapidly.

While symptoms from fatty acid deficiency develop quickly (within a few months), cats can also recover quickly if their dietary needs are met.

  • Reaction from environmental allergens like dust or pollen

  • Is your Coon showing sign of aging


Here are the signs of a healthy cat’s coat:

  • shiny

  • smooth

  • clean

  • free of mats


Most long-haired cats are vulnerable to hairballs. Hairballs are rarely a serious medical concern.

A variety of medical, dietary and stress-related issues can cause your cat to lose more hair than is normal. If you notice he’s losing an excessive amount of hair or has bald patches, please consult your veterinarian immediately. Your cat may be suffering from one of the following health issues:

How to cope with a shedding Maine Coon?


Removing dead hair from your Coon


Combing and Brushing your Coon


Shedding in cats can be controlled with frequent brushing and combing.

Brush your Coon Regularly, even daily. Brushing is the best thing you can do to keep home free of hair. Daily brushing and combing will remove loose and dead hair.

This help in keeping a cat’s skin and coat healthy, softer and cleaner. The cats with healthy fur coats tend to shed a bit less.

Few tips to make brushing easy and enjoyable experience for you and your coon.

- Start brushing your coon slowly and try to keep session shorts.

- Stop before your cat protests

- Use Food treats to make the situation pleasant.

To summarize the advantages of Combing and Brushing

- Frequent Combing and brushing will remove dead and loose hair from her Body. This will Reduce Shedding.

- they will reduce the occurrence of hairballs.

- keep cat's coat smooth and free from mats - little clumps of fur that sometimes form.

- It is a wonderful form of interaction for both you and your cat, and can be a wonderful bonding occupation;
allow you to keep an eye on your cat's coat and skin for potential problems,
such as parasites and skin conditions etc.

Feed an appropriate pet food


A Coon’s coat and skin is often a reflection of what she eats. Feed a high-quality food with good, digestible protein sources. Feeding a quality pet food produces results.

Providing skin-benefiting vitamins, plus Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, which are thought to help the skin retain moisture and ease the effects of histamine released in response to allergies.

Control fleas and allergies


See your veterinarian to check your coon is getting proper medication.

Apply topical moisturizers, antioxidant vitamins, and fatty acids. Catch loose hair before it lands on floors and furniture.

Removing dead hair from your home


Cover your furniture and car seats.

Upholstery is a magnet for pet hair, and removing pet hair from furniture or car seats can be a tedious task.

Remove hair from upholstery. Hair that is newly shed is easier to remove before it works its way into upholstery fabric. A pet hair pick-up roller is one of the best tools for removing hair.

If you allow Cats on your furniture or bed, you would be wise to invest in a few furniture throws.

Throws will keep your furniture looking (and smelling) better, and make your home more inviting to guests.

Car seat covers are also an excellent investment and are highly recommended.

Vacuum often. Be diligent in your vacuuming efforts. Frequent vacuuming is the best way to keep your home hair free.  Many people love using handheld Dyson, it does a really good job of sucking cats hair off carpets and furniture.

If have busy schedule or you are lazy enough to clean the floor then go for Automatic Robotic vacuum cleaner.

A robotic vacuum cleaner is a disk-shaped, small but powerful automatic vacuum cleaner fitted with sensors. It can be programmed to vacuum clean your floors and rugs when you are busy doing something else.

Remember that routine brushing and grooming are an important part of every cat's care. By paying attention to your Coon's diet and following these tips, you can significantly reduce the amount of cat hair in your home, on your furniture, and in your car.

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