How to Get Rid of Cat Dandruff for Good!
10 February, 2016
Dandruff is common in cats and is most noticeable during the winter months. Just like dandruff in humans, cat dandruff is made up of dead skin cells that are shed. Dandruff can be due to a skin problem, obesity (as the cat is not able to groom certain areas of the body), season changes or a dry environment.
The usual symptoms of dandruff in cats include dry, itchy and flaky skin. If you notice your cat has dandruff, there are many ways you can treat her at home and keep it from coming back.
Brush your cat
Brushing your cat can eliminate the dead skin cells and loose hairs from your cat’s body. Even if cats groom themselves, the dandruff may still occur. If your cat is too old to groom the entire surface of his body, you should help him groom by brushing his coat on a daily basis. Make sure to get the areas that are not accessible to your cat, like the tail or back. Overweight cats sometimes needs some help with brushing too!
Bathe your cat weekly to help combat dandruff
Bathing your cat weekly can help reduce the amount of dandruff the cat sheds. Cats typically don’t like water, so you may need some time to get your cat to be cooperative and take a bath. If a bath is not possible, try using a damp cloth and wipe your cat’s skin; this should have nearly the same effect as a bath.
Buy a hypoallergenic cat shampoo
Certain shampoos can dry out your cat’s skin. Make sure to buy a hypoallergenic formula and get also a conditioner that will moisturize your cat’s skin. When you use shampoo on your cat, make sure that all the shampoo is washed off or you might have even more dandruff.
Add Omega 3 fatty acids to your cat’s diet
Your cats’ diet always plays a significant role in determining how healthy your cat’s skin is. Consult your vet and ask her or him to recommend you a few supplements for your cat’s skin. Omega 3 fatty acids are efficient in keeping the skin healthy and promote the secretion of a healthy amount of skin essential oils, acting as a moisturizer.
Wet food is preferred to combat cat dandruff and lots of water.
Wet food is usually recommended for cats with dry skin due to its water base. You can always alternate with kibble and/or make sure your cat drinks plenty of water. If your cat is dehydrated, his skin will also have to suffer. Make sure that you give your cat fresh water twice a day.
Humidifiers can help you and your cat
If your cat spends a lot of time indoors and the air inside is too dry, this may cause dry skin and excessive flaking. While a humidifier can be a hefty investment, it can help you and your cat to breathe more easily!
Ask your vet for a recommendation of a skin moisturizer for your cat
As mentioned above, cat dandruff usually occurs during the winter months as the cold breeze and heater going daily can cause dry skin. Ask your vet to recommend a skin moisturizer formulated for cats. This can help prevent the skin from flaking. Always, choose the moisturizer with all natural ingredients.