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Q: Unstoppable Cat Dandruff

January 4, 2012 | By Fizr | 3 answers | Expired: 956 days ago

My cat has crazy bad dandruff. I tried bathing her a while back but she freaked out and pooped in the tub. We brush her at least once a day. She didn't used to have a problem, and we haven't made a sudden change in her diet or environment. What now? It's super gross.

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Kelly
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Jan 04, 2012

Bathing her will only exacerbate the problem by drying out her skin anyway, especially if she's uncooperative since any soap residue is extremely difficult to rinse out completely. Any leftover soap will dry on the skin resulting in an even bigger dandruff problem. Cat dandruff can be the result of a lack of Omega-3s, a an environmental or food allergy, feline diabetes, obesity, parasites, or infection. Has anything changed in your home like carpeting, upholstered furniture, food, cleaners, anything else that she could possibly be allergic to? If it's just a dietary lack of Omega-3s, a fish oil supplement to her diet. Just remember to use a supplement that is guaranteed pure by the FDA to avoid mercury contamination.

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NonGlassMenagerie
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Jan 05, 2012

Kelly is right including the diabetes suggestion. people may not get dandruff when they have diabetes, but cats can. It's partly a result of poor grooming and dehydration. I'd suggest getting you cat checked out by a vet to rule out any disease process. If that's negative, look for allergens.

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Ches21
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Jan 04, 2012

No not Diabetes I have it myself and alot of people think dandriff is a sign of it but its not not even for cats and dogs but I can say that you may want to take your kitty to the vet also I would switch the food if it has corn in it corn can cause really bad dandriff in a cat if the cat has had the food with corn for a long time.

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