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The cat on this website is not one of the many we keep for petting or keeping the cat’s fur in good condition.
It’s one of a group of five that lives at Cataloochea ski area in Queensland.
It was not a part of the research, but it has long been used by people to protect their pets from the high heat and cold of the south-west.
The cats are known to shed a large amount of fur and fur on the fur surface, but this was not part of our study.
We also didn’t know how many cats the people at the ski resort keep, or how much fur they shed each year.
“It is not unusual for a cat to shed about five kilos of fur a year, but the cat is not a very good keeper,” says Lisa Anderson, a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales in Canberra who has studied the health of cats.
“We do know that a large number of cats will shed a lot of fur in the winter months and we don’t know exactly how much.
The amount that a cat sheds varies from one cat to the next, so we don’st know exactly what proportion of the cats shed that much fur.”
She says the researchers think that most cats shed about 1.8 kilos a year at the Cataloos ski area.
The researchers also measured how often the cats would shed fur.
The number of times a cat shed a single hair was about one per cent of its total body weight.
This is consistent with what we have observed elsewhere in Australia, Anderson says.
“There are other areas of the world where cats do shed quite a bit of fur, like Tasmania in New South Zealand,” she says.
There are several reasons why cats shed so much fur, Anderson explains.
“One is that it’s a natural consequence of the cat being outdoors for a long period of time, so its being groomed and its getting used to living with other cats.
That’s one, but also they are using the fur as insulation and so its been used to make coats.”
Another reason for the shedding is that the fur contains protein, which the cat needs to keep warm in the summer.
Anderson says it is also possible that the cats do not shed as much as the researchers believe, which could explain why they do not have to do as much grooming as some other cats do.
“They are not that hard to groom, so it is quite a natural behaviour for them,” she explains.
The findings are published in the journal PLOS ONE.
For more information, see the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.
Source: New Scientist