My cat has dandriff

United States
January 13, 2007 12:53am CST
My oldest cat has dandriff and I don't know what to do to help the poor guy out. I know it's got to bug him with itching. Any suggestions? Bathing is just about out of the question. He's fat and hates baths.
4 responses
• United States
13 Jan 07
Funny you should post this, I just recently had a conversation with my father about his cat having dandruff and my cat has dandruff. His vet told him that with older cats they need to have more wet food in their diets. We both have used predominatly just dry food in their diets so when we introduced wet food it was making them sick so we gradually introduced the wet food and it helped their systems out alot.
• United States
14 Jan 07
I use to give him a pouch of wet food everyday but the younger cat usually pukes it up so I stopped. I will start it up though again and see if that helps. Thanks so much for the tip!
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
13 Jan 07
From what I have read, it could be due to a lack of enough fats in their diet. You could try switching you cat to a food that costs a bit more but is high is fish oils. This will take some time to go through his or her system and start improving his or her skin, but it is worth a try.
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• United States
13 Jan 07
I use the Purina Cat Chow Naturals Dry Cat Food. It's not real expensive but it's not cheap either. It has Real Chicken and Salmon along with Whole Grains and the goodness of Leafy Greens in it. I don't see where it has fish oils listed but it's got Crude Protein (min): 38, Crude Fat (min): 13, Crude Fiber (max): 12, Moisture (max): 12 Should I feed him more canned tuna?
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
16 Jan 07
See if it says that it has the Omega 3. That is your fish oils needed for a healthy balance. Would you believe even my dogs have to have this fish oil/Omega 3 for a healthy coat? :)
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Here is a website that carries a seasoning you can add to the food that will give the Omega 3. http://www.worldpetstore.com/omseacatfood.html Hope this helps. :)
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@thekiwi (588)
• United States
13 Jan 07
lol! You need to buy some of that dandriff shampoo for kittys and bring him down here, i'll bath the little fat thing! Other then that, grease him up with lotion is the only other thing i can tell you to doo...:(
• United States
13 Jan 07
Oh even more than he don't like baths - he don't like riding in cars. :) I think he'd like the lotion off and probably poisin himself. Silly cat!
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
14 Jan 07
First, go to the vet to rule out medical problems such as parasites, kidney disease, etc. and other problems that can cause dandruff. If it's just dandruff caused by dry skin, there are sprays out there that can be used if bathing isn't an option. Virbac makes some good soothing sprays that I've used before on texels I've rescued (a breed of guinea pig that gets dry skin easily).
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