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How Long Does Cat Hair Take To Grow Back


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If your cat recently went through a “lion-cut” and is lacking in the fur department, you might be wondering how long it will take for the cat hair to grow back. In this post we’ll talk a bit about cat hair-loss, cat mats and how long it should take for your cat’s hair to grow back to its original fur coat.

How quickly does cat hair grow?

If you want to talk scientifically, there are many factors that affect how quickly your cat’s hair takes to grow back after it’s been shaved or undergone some hair loss. Some things that are a factor with hair growth are:

  • Your cat's age
  • It’s breed
  • It’s current health
  • The reason for the hair loss

All possible reasons aside, generally speaking you can expect that your cat’s hair will grow back nice and slowly at a similar speed to how your own hair grows, or the typical human – if you are follically challenged. The average growth speed is about 1/4 to 1/2 inches (0.6 to 1.3 cm) each month.

This may not seem like much, but typically the average human goes for a little haircut every month to month and a half, so after a month the regrowth will be noticeable.

Know that some breeds grow hair faster, and if it’s healthy with a great diet then it’s hair will grow quicker.

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Reasons that may cause cat hair loss

Reasons that may cause cat hair loss

Regular Shedding

Cats will naturally lose and shed their fur throughout the year. They generally lose hundreds of hairs a day that die and become loose and will need regular grooming or brushing to remove them.

Cat’s also go through shedding phases where they’ll lose more hair at certain times of the year. Typically this begins in April and is its heaviest in the month of May.

If your cat's fur is trimmed or removed due to shedding it will typically grow back within a few weeks and be looking normal again in a couple of months. Keep in mind that if your cat has a naturally longer coat it may take longer than a couple of months.

Shaved or Clipped Fur

If your cat has had bad mats from missing out on regular grooming or not using a proper brush then you may have needed to give them a lion cut. It may look funny but it’s a bit of a walk of shame when it comes to cat care!

If a cat's fur is shaved or clipped for grooming purposes or due to a medical procedure, such as surgery, the time it takes for the fur to grow back can vary based on the health of your cat. In most cases, the fur will start to grow back within a few weeks, but it may take several months if your cat has a longer coat or its hair has been shaved very close to the skin.

Be sure to keep your cat hydrated and healthy so their hair can grow back soft and strong and healthy.

Hair Loss Due to Illness or Injury

If your poor cat has experienced hair loss due to a medical condition then there is a possibility that the hair follicles could be damaged. Your veterinarian should be able to tell you more accurately what’s going on with your kitty. Some medical conditions in cats that can cause hair loss are:

  • Dermatitis
  • Fungal infections
  • Allergies
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Excessive bathing
  • Mold
  • Parasites
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Over grooming
  • Using the wrong brush
  • Nutritional Deficiency

The regrowth of healthy thicker hair may be delayed or patchy until the underlying condition is treated or addressed.  In some cases, hair may not regrow fully if the hair follicles have been permanently affected.

Regular Grooming

It’s important to regularly groom your cat for its health. Brushing daily with a gentle brush can remove looser hair and prevent your cat from swallowing it and reducing dangerous hairballs. This can help relieve their stress and build the bond between you and your pet.

It’s also important to avoid using metal brushes and combs if your cat is experiencing hair loss. Using a brush that massages their skin can help promote hair regrowth and calm your pet.

If your cat has experienced unexplainable hair loss it’s important to consult with a veterinarian. If it’s a prolonged hair loss it could be a sign of an underlying health issue so you better get them checked out! Talk to your vet about giving your cat a balanced diet, regular grooming, and a stress-free environment to get that hair growing back as quickly as possible.


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