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Q: Cat Dandruff..

December 11, 2008 | By Kathryn H. | 9 answers | Expired: 1938 days ago

Cat Dandruff..

I have a gorgeous cat with mostly black fur... Her coat is usually very sleek and shiny but now that the weather is colder I've noticed some dandruff in her fur. I'm guessing this is due to dry skin because of the weather, but how can I fix it? She has to stay on her prescription food because she's very prone to UTI's, otherwise I'd have her on something holistic. Are there any good supplements I can try? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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april
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Dec 12, 2008

My cat Steve has the same issues. I actually had some issues like that with my dogs as well, the doctor suggested that I give the dogs a fish oil tablet every day. I did, and the dogs love it. The vet says that it also helps with dry skin & provides a shiny coat!

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Elizabeth L.
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Dec 12, 2008

Probably needs a change in its diet. Food with more omega oils it.

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Rachel G.
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Dec 12, 2008

You could try switching her food to something with more fatty oils like Omega 3 (essential to a cats diet). If you don't want to switch brands, see if your current brand makes a food with more oils in it.

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Sara L.
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Dec 11, 2008

I have heard that not only ingesting omega 3 rich fish oil such as salmon oil...always a popular favorite, you may want to try also mixing in an egg into their diet and after giving a bath and warming the skin and opening the pores, apply light sesame oil to the skin, which would help with external dry skin.These combos seem to work for me, but make sure to check with a vet in order to role out any skin allergy or mite that your cat may have come into contact with.

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Cowgirllup4
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Dec 11, 2008

Do you feed a cat food that is high in Omega 3Fatty acids? There are also fatty acid supplements that can be given.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Dec 11, 2008

I have a beautiful cat who has a dander problem too. Since it's such a big concern for you, I would ask the vet because maybe there's an oral solution. Princess has had the dander for as long as I can remember she also suffers with mats and at times I have to shave her. I usually try to bath her once a year and I will conditioner her with a deep conditioner. Good luck, but call the vet!

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kevinskats
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Dec 11, 2008

Go to the hardware store and buy an inexpensive humidity guage which will tell you the level of humidity in your home. You mentioned that as the weather got more cold, the problem increased. That is because as weather gets colder, the humidity levels in your home drop, causing dry skin and all kinds of other problems. You may have to purchase a humidifier to run in your home so you can get the humidity up to where it should be.

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Thad R.
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Dec 11, 2008

I would recommend giving her Omega 3 Oil (supplement) and maybe put a humidifier in her sleeping area.

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Kristen H.
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Dec 11, 2008

You can use fish oils a lot of times to help with their coat. They just get added to the food. I also give my cats occasional baths because my boy has dandruff sometimes and he has food allergies and is on a special diet. I would double check with your vet first though to make sure that the fish oils are okay for her.

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