If your cat has dandruff and it isn’t going away, this blog is for you. The health of the hair follicle is directly related to the health of your cat, so diet and nutrition is important.
Cats that are prone to dandruff include:
- Cats fed a dry food diet. Felines are designed, by nature, to get the majority of their moisture from their food. As desert animals, kitties have a low thirst drive. If your cat eats only kibble then he or she will live in a mild to severe state of dehydration at all times. Think of it like this… dry food equals dry skin. Feeding your cat a moisture rich diet will help keep the moisture in the skin too!
- Older or sickly cats. Cats who are unable to groom themselves properly will sometimes have dandruff due to being under groomed. Help your kitties with this by brushing them daily (and feeding a moisture rich healthy diet).
- Cats with a lack of Omega 3 fatty acids in their diet. Omega 3s are called essential fatty acids because they’re essential to life. Because most seafood is high in metals, we don’t advise to feed fish to cats regularly, however, supplementing with omega 3’s can help close the gap. Sardines in water is a great treat for cats and will provide them a natural source of omega 3 fatty acids but you can also purchase this as a supplement and add it to the daily meals.
If your cat has dandruff, look into upgrading their food to a higher quality, high protein, moisture rich diet (preferably a balanced raw diet), brush them regularly and make sure they get their omega 3 fatty acids!