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  Happy, Healthy, Hypoallergenic Siberian Kittens 

FYI: Fur Loss 

Hair loss is typically associated with one of these causes:


1. Flea allergy. Fleas are active year-round and can come into home on our shoes, pant legs and via visitors. Use Revolution (plain NOT plus!), monthly. It treats intestinal parasites, skin and ear mites, fleas, and heartworm. 


2. Skin mites. Siberians typically get them so deep that skin scrapes are not diagnostic. If you have an understanding Vet get Ivermectin prescribed and treat for three days then again 2 weeks later.


3. Food allergy. Many cats and dogs are allergic to chicken, corn, and fillers in pet foods. Go to a single novel protein diet with as few fillers as possible. Be sure your Siberian is eating wet food either high quality canned or raw. 


4. Environmental allergies. Ask vet for prescription and bathe your Siberian weekly, use allergy friendly cleaning practices, add an effective air filtration unit, and be sure the cat litter is clay based, clumping, and unscented. 


5. Stress. Assess environment for enrichment opportunities and add new ones; add a play session; consider taking her outside on a harness and lead. Assess environment for stressors: changes, new pets, children, marriage, divorce, new job, change in schedule, etc. Use Feliway plug in (one diffuser per room) it emits a calming pheromone. if the diffusers are too expensive, buy the spray and use liberally. 


6. Molting. It is Spring or Autumn and your Siberian is your Siberian is shedding undercoat and older topcoat to prepare for the next season’s coat. Prevent hair balls at these times of year by grooming twice a day with a shedding comb. These combs have two layers of tines that are relatively close together and remove both upper and undercoat as you comb. Give extra attention to the underarms, the main, and the back near and under the tail, as they are typical areas for mats to hide.