How to Recognize And Treat Cat Dandruff
Happy Monday everyone! How to Recognize and Treat Cat Dandruff. Years ago, my parents started feeding a stray cat that made her home under their shrubs where she had her kittens. We named her Boo Boo Kitty and she is one of the most amazing cats. She is still around and well taken care of but her long fur tends to get tangled quite a bit. This got me thinking about her skin. All animals shed dead skin cells but when does it become a problem? How do we distinguish cat dandruff from pet dander? With a little help from Martha Stewart.com, here is what to look for and how to help your pet. See the last paragraph for more resources and blog posts related to cats.
“Dander occurs from the normal, healthy dead skin that your cat sheds and should not cause your cat to be itchy or uncomfortable,” explains Dr. Chad Dodd, veterinarian for YuMOVE. “Conversely, dandruff is an abnormal shedding of dead skin cells which, unlike dander, is accompanied by signs of extremely dry, irritated skin or, at times, very oily and itchy skin which could be an indicator of an underlying health problem.”
Most cats experience a dandruff problem at some point in their life.
Determine the Cause
There are several potential causes of dandruff in cats, including obesity, food allergies or nutritional deficiencies, climate or environmental changes, metabolic issues, or even an underlying skin condition, like seborrhea or ringworm.
While the promises of dandruff-fighting pet shampoos might be enticing, don’t forget that cats rarely enjoy being in water. See my post on How To Bathe A Cat
Brush Your Cat Regularly
Avoid Messy Topical Treatments Unless Prescribed
Spreading coconut oil or lotions in your cat’s coat is not recommended.
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