Your Cat's Coat

Articles about issues that affect your cat's coat...

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  • * Adding Volume to Your Cat's Coat
    Learn how to add more volume to your cat's coat, making the coat look fuller and bigger. This article tells you specific products to use and what they will do to add fullness and texture to your cat's coat.
    January 2021

  • * Alopecia
    Hair loss and bald spots on your cat can be the results of several different conditions.
    July 2019

  • * Black Hairs On A Red Cat
    One of the most curious color faults occurs when black hairs appear in the red coat of a show cat.
    October 2021

  • * Controlling Static
    If you have had a problem with static in your cat's coat, it's time for you to anticipate the problem and begin to take steps to avoid it. Learn about some of the options and products available for you to correct the problem of flyaway coat.
    December 2016

  • * Deep Conditioning Coat Treatment For Your Cat
    Giving your show cat's coat a deep conditioning treatment is THE way to produce a silky soft coat on a longhaired cat or a super shiny coat on a shorthair kitty. Once you've tried this grooming technique, you will never do without it again.
    August 2017

  • * Development of Color In A Tortoiseshell Kitten
    This photo essay follows the development of a tortie kitten from a black newborn to a hot adult.
    January 2022

  • * Diet and Coat Color
    Can a diet be supplemented to improve coat color? Perhaps...
    November 2019

  • * Dry Coat
    Mid-winter is often a time when your cat's coat starts to appear dry and develops dandruff. Here are some grooming tips to get it back into condition!
    February 2017

  • * Eight Major Factors That Affect Coat
    Nothing is quite as glorious as a Persian with coat dripping to the floor or an Exotic with a coat that your hand just sinks into. Learn about the 8 major things that affect how much coat your cat will have - and what you can do to help.
    March 2002

  • * Fever Coat
    Something cat breeders see on from time to time, especially on black kittens, is an unusual hair color change called 'Fever Coat'. What is it? Why does it happen? What can you do to change it? Learn the answers to these questions and more . . .
    October 2017

  • * Ghost Markings On A Kitten's Coat
    "Ghost" markings refers to the faint tabby pattern that can sometimes be seen on the coat of a black or blue kitten of any breed. Learn more . . .
    October 2017

  • Hair Apparent
    Cat breeders really care about their cat's coats. Some people might even say cat exhibitors can be obsessive about their cat's hair . . . but do you know what kinds of hair a cat has?
    March 2016

  • * Hair Not Growing Back After Being Clipped
    This is the medical history of a neutered American Shorthair named Wookie. When the hair on his sides was shaved for an ultrasound, it never grew back properly.
    January 2013

  • * Hot Torties
    Part of the charm of the particolor cats is the uniqueness of each individual girl's coat pattern. Sometimes a tortoiseshell's color is "hot". This article includes photos and a description of hot torties.
    January 2022

  • * How Do I Degrease My Cat?
    My cat is greasy! It's one of the commonest complaints from groomers. Have you ever overheard a person say 'so-and-so's cat looks greasy'? Did you agree with their assessment? Did you know what to suggest to 'fix' the problem? Now you will!
    July 2000

  • * Oily Coats
    An oily coat is an unattractive coat. Learn the tips and techniques to help your cats coat look its best.
    July 2004

  • Pictorial Case History Of A Black Persian Kitten With Fever Coat
    If you have never seen a kitten with a fever coat, this is the article for you. Cat breeder Tracy Bayarena of Rare Earth Persians shares her experience with a litter of kittens born with fever coat. In particular, she took photos of one black kitten named Zorro showing how his fever coat changed from birth to adulthood . . .
    October 2013

  • * Powder Packing A Dilute
    Learn the classic grooming technique to help a dilute coat appear its palest and voluminous best.
    November 2018

  • * Reverse Calicos
    Similar to a "hot" tortie, a breeder might refer to a kitten's coloring as being a "reverse calico". This article includes an explanation and photos of reverse calicos.
    January 2022

  • * Shedding
    Your cat has cycles of hair growth and cycles of increased hair loss. The phases are affected by several different factors, some that you can control . . . and some that you can't.
    April 2016



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