Cat dandruff?

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Cat dandruff?
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Thu, 05-01-2014 - 4:00pm

Hi! My cat has dandruff due to not cleaning himself well (he's lazy). Has anyone ever dealt with this and used a home remedy? I don't want to make it worse unintentionally. 


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Registered: 04-08-2008
Fri, 05-02-2014 - 10:55am

I never dealt with that but mine have had dandruff from flees. We had to take them to the vet to get rid of it and it cost about $100 to get all 4 of our cats examined and dipped.

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Fri, 05-02-2014 - 11:40am

Hmmm... I haven't noticed any fleas, but I'll try some flea products and see if that helps. Thanks!


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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 05-03-2014 - 2:30am

I wouldn't recommend treating him for fleas if he doesn't have them. Most flea treatments are poison so you probably don't want to expose your cat unnecessarily.

It could just be dry skin from a change in weather or diet, or could be from an allergy or some medical condition. Is it heavy "dandruff" or just a few flakes? For how long has he had it? Has he always been "too lazy" to groom himself or is this recent? Suddenly stopping grooming can be a sign that he's not feeling well.

My cat went through a period of having flaky skin a few weeks ago, then it went away. She grooms herself a lot so it wasn't from that.

I would probably try giving him some oily types of fish (like mackerel or salmon) or get some food additive oil from the pet store that is specifically for cat's coats. Some cat treats like Greenies come in a formula for "healthy coats". Do you brush him? That might help to stimulate the oil production, and help to get the dry skin out of his coat. If that doesn't help then ask the vet what they recommend for the problem. They will probably want to see him (cha-ching) but at least they can tell you if its a medical problem requiring treatment or just an aesthetic problem.

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Registered: 07-02-1999
Mon, 05-05-2014 - 12:44pm

we are going through that here....seasons changing, mass shedding...and the black cat looks like he has been running in the snow (he does groom himself - it is just more obvious). I agree that adding something to his diet should help. Certainly I never discourage anyone from checking with their vet, but if it clears up, that should tell you something, And grooming him will help too - cuts down on the shedding and will stimulate the oils in his coat.

 

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Tue, 05-06-2014 - 1:48pm

I agree that you could try adding a little omega 3 oil to his food and see it that helps.  Brushing him should help too.  Maybe try some waterless shampoo for cats and see if that works since you said he doesn't clean himself well.  One of my cats had dandruff all the time and I could never get rid of it completely but he had several health issues.

If nothing seems to work then you should probably take him to the vet and have him checked out and see if there are anything medical causing it.

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