Could Sparkle have dandruff?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Could Sparkle have dandruff?
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Thu, 04-03-2003 - 10:56am
I've noticed that on Sparkle's back, there are some white flakes. I've ignored it in the past as lint and dirt, but I think she may have dandruff, if this is possible for cats to have...is it?

-Lia

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Registered: 04-02-2003
Thu, 04-03-2003 - 11:24am
My Auggie gets that, too. I think it is akin to dandruff or dry skin. In the winter the air is drier so maybe they get dry skin like we do?! I know my own skin is awful in the winter!!! My Caesar doesn't get this though.

Not sure, but it seems to be going away on Auggie...maybe b/c the weather is clearing.

HTH

Kelly, Auggie & Caesar

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 04-03-2003 - 11:58am
Yep, it's possible...when the weather changes, that is when pets get flaky! Pudd is loaded with dandruff right now. Thing you can do to help with this are frequent brushings - this helps stimulate the oil glands in the skin, bringing some natural oil to the surface. Supplementing with omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, fish oils, etc also do the trick.

Cat

Cat =^..^=
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 04-03-2003 - 12:23pm
Yes, this is common in cats. You can try taking a vitamin E capsule and puncturing it with a pin and squeezing that over the food. I would only use a bit of the capsule maybe once a day or once every two days.

Hope this helps!

Tami Cl-royalkitties

Tami Cl-Royalkitties

acat_wa

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Fri, 04-04-2003 - 2:57pm
I noticed my cat, Baby has that too. I think I need to try that Vitamin E stuff cause he has really thick hair. I believe he is part Russian Blue and so he has like a double coat or something. So I'll have to try that.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 04-04-2003 - 3:32pm
My cat gets dandruff in the winter too. The vet suggested adding some Linatone to her diet, but that is truly disgusting stuff and sophie absolutely refused to take any. So now, I just make sure she gets enough water by adding some to her dry food and making a sort of gravy. I also massage her slightly when I stroke her to encourage her skin to produce oil. I haven't tried the vitamin E, but I might if the dandruff got too severe.
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Registered: 10-24-2002
Fri, 04-04-2003 - 4:28pm
I don't seem to have that problem with either Sammy or Misha. Sammy's coat is thick and woolly, at least that's mostly what I get off him when I comb or brush him. Misha's coat looks lustery, and has a nice sheen to it. I don't need to brush or comb her as much as Sammy as her coat is not so wooly...but that isn't to say she doesn't shed.

I rather suspect that it's the food I am feeding them. As I mentioned Sammy is still on his Hills S/D diet, and I Misha is also eating it. I think the Hills S/D must have more fat in it and consequently keeps my two from getting dry skin.

Years ago, as a kid, I had a cross breed of a boarder collie. His fur was black and white. My mom would give him bacon drippings on his food. She always said that it was good for his coat. If memory serves, that was long ago and in a different era, but his coat was always shiny and thick. It's a wonder the poor thing didn't die of clogged arteries, but he lived to a ripe old age.

All the best,

Patrick (sammycat2002)