It’s time to hang up the winter overcoat.

It’s time to hang up the winter overcoat.

Most cats tend to moult towards the end of winter, shedding their thick coats and leaving hair all round the house then, to add insult to injury, they probably cough up a hairball or two.

While most modern cats clearly prefer to spend the winter snuggled up by the fire, they still develop a thicker coat in the cooler months and discard it as summer approaches.

While this is perfectly normal feline behaviour, your cat is more likely to have a healthier skin and coat – and shed less fur – if you feed him a diet that’s high in animal protein and omega oils like Black Hawk.

As well as providing a balanced diet, there are other practical things you can do to lessen the problem of a moulting cat. Daily brushing removes excess fur and stimulates the natural oils of the coat. Try the Glamourpuss moulting comb and shedding brush, which will remove loose and moulting hair, distributing the natural oils and leaving a shiny, healthy coat. The brush reduces matting by removing the dead hair from the undercoat.

Grooming can also help if your cat is inclined to suffer from hairballs. But if more help is needed, Aristopet Cat Laxative paste can be used daily. If hairballs persist, a visit to the vet is needed to see if other gut issues may be interfering with the treatment.