Do cats need supplements?: April 2008 Archives
Whether it's caused by sunburn, parasites, medication, obesity or dry skin, cat dandruff is irritating and it could signal possible healthy problems. Cat dandruff occurs in healthy cats at the base of the tail because that is a hard to clean area, but some cats get dandruff all over their bodies for several reasons.
Cat Dandruff can be caused by:
*sunburnt skin that dies and peals off
*parasites that are living on your cats body
*lack of humidity in the air
*sensitivity to carpets, perfumes or other irritants in your home or yard
*medications that cause dry, itchy scalp
But the one major cause of Cat Dandruff is:
*DRY CAT FOOD
You see cats don't get enough moisture in their bodies if all they are fed is dry cat food. By nature, in the wild, cats get moisture from the live prey they hunt and eat, but our domestic feline friends don't get that moisture. And it is just not in their nature to drink enough water to compensate for it. So if you feed your cat dry food, start giving him moist canned, homemade or raw food and you'll notice a difference.
But what if you already feed your cat canned food and he still has dandruff?
There is something else that you can do and you'll notice health benefits beyond measure. Give your cat Essential Fatty Acids, you know, the ones you hear about all the time. Omega 3 - there are several formulas out there, but the best source is fish oil. Especially Cod Liver Oil. You can get it anywhere now, grocery stores, drug stores, health food stores. Just put a few drops on your cat's soft food and slowly work up to a teaspoon.
Cats love the taste so you won't have a hard time convincing them to take their Cod Liver Oil!You should always talk to your vet about any supplements you are thinking about giving to your cat. If you are looking for a holistic vet you can find one at the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.