We’ve got four cats and in the heat of summer, they shed more than usual. The brush gets used- not as much as it should be, probably. Fortunately, the black cat, Bumper, enjoys his currying a lot- he sheds more than the other three put together.
As I was working him last night, I started to wonder when it becomes too much brushing. I filled two paddles with his fur. By that I mean that if you examine the image of this cat brush, and then imagine a thick matting of fur filling the bristles, I did that twice with him.
This is typical. I could get three if I kept with it. He also has dandruff and the brush tends to loosen skin and whatnot. I’ve always kept with the wisdom that it’s very healthy to keep the extra and loose hair down because it reduces hairballs and they like the stimulation.
But… is it good for their skin to be brushed that much? Assuming none of the cats are devout masochists, I’d think they would scamper away when they’d had too much but these ARE indoor housecats and their neurosis are legion.
Should I be holding off? Should I go and go and go until the cat has had enough and walks away? I do worry that it’s not as good for their skin as I think it is.
The obligatory shots of the other boys: