All pet owners know that cats groom themselves constantly. But have you ever wondered why their hair doesn’t grow long as ours does? The answer is actually quite interesting and has to do with the cat’s unique physiology.
Keep reading to find out more.
Cats have a digestive system that is designed to break down meat into its most basic components so that their bodies can use it for energy. However, this results in the vast majority of proteins being unusable by cats because these animals lack an essential amino acid called Arginine which passes through the cat’s body undigested.
What does all of this have to do with long hair?
Well, remember above when I mentioned that cats are constantly grooming themselves? Cats lick themselves clean as a way to try and get rid of any excess fur they might have picked up during their day.
When your kitty grooms itself, it eats its own hair! This action breaks down the hair proteins and, as a result, your cat’s digestive system is able to absorb the Arginine that it needs.
Because of this process, cats are unable to grow hair very long because doing so would be counterproductive – they’d just end up eating their own fur! So why don’t all cats have short hair? Why do some cats have long hair while others have short hair?
The answer lies in the fact that every animal has different genetic predispositions from one another.
How to get a cats hair to grow longer?
A cat’s hair does not grow longer because it needs to be cut, as a human’s hair might. The way cats groom themselves prevents their fur from growing long- they would have to stop licking so much and this would cause diseases in the skin or even problems with digesting if they don’t groom for too long.
Long-haired cats need to be brushed every week to remove loose hairs and this will also help a little bit of a cat wants her fur to grow longer.
Long-haired cats also need extra care against tangling because of the high amount of dead hair that falls out all year round, but especially during shedding season (spring).
A female cat has an estrus cycle twice a year which means she will go into heat. This is the time when your cat’s fur will grow longer because she will lose her undercoat, which is actually dead hair not needed for warmth anymore.
When the estrus period comes to an end after about 3 weeks, the hormone levels drop again and this causes your cat’s hair to fall out when she grooms herself or when you brush her, making it look like it was cut shorter than usual.
If you want to avoid this loss of hair in springtime, you can prevent your cat from going into heat by spaying her (only if she isn’t pregnant).
The best solution would be to get a shorthair or longhair cat instead of trying to make her long-haired fur grow longer by waiting for spring.
How can I make my cats fur thicker?
Cat grooming is essential in maintaining the health of an animal’s coat. Sometimes, though, cat grooming isn’t enough when dealing with cats who have sparse or thin coats.
If your cat’s fur doesn’t seem to grow longer despite regular brushing and attention, you may want to consider supplementing his care by turning to topical medications to deal with any skin inflammation that may be robbing him of the nutrients he needs to generate new hair growth.
Most commercial products used for feline fur care contain hormones that stimulate hair growth, which can cause serious side effects if they’re applied indiscriminately. Your veterinarian will help determine whether this type of treatment is right for your pet.
What does unhealthy cat fur look like?
The common signs of unhealthy cat fur include thinning, dullness, dryness and loss of elasticity along with patchy skin where the hair is either missing or coming out in clumps.
These symptoms are typically associated with aging cats that may be experiencing hormonal changes or medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism or conditions affecting the immune system.
Unhealthy cat fur can also result from metabolic problems, chronic allergies or malnutrition.
Do kittens lose their long hair?
Newborn kittens are born with a very thin coat of short hair, but they develop longer coats beginning at around three weeks old. Kittens’ coats tend to continue growing until around six months of age when they reach their adult length.
Cats usually shed once or twice per year. During these periods it is normal for cats to lose their undercoats first and, eventually, the entire coat.
After a period of time, the undercoat and topcoat grow back.
The length and thickness of cats’ coats, as well as shedding patterns, can vary by breed and cat genetics.
Some breeds such as the Devon Rex do not shed at all which means that their fur is always in various stages of growth.
Other breeds like hairless Sphynx cats lack an outer layer of fur entirely which means they’re more susceptible to both temperature changes and sunburns. With proper care, it’s possible for anyone’s cat’s fur to look healthy and full.
So, as far as making your cat’s fur thicker and growing longer, there are some things you can do to help
You need to make sure she has the right nutrients so her hair will be healthy and clean regularly. Also, it is very important that you brush her with a good cat brush at least once a day because a lot of times cats with thinning coats have really long fur that is very matted down which makes their skin appear more visible if they don’t get brushed regularly.
Kittenhood is an important time for growing kittens because most of their adult coat length and thickness are set by the time they reach approximately six months of age.
If your kitten isn’t getting enough nutrients during this period, it could cause them to lose its coat later in life.
So make sure you are feeding your kitten quality kitten food that provides the necessary nutrients that they need for their growing bodies.