How to Cure Your Cat of Dandruff

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Cats can get dandruff as they get older, but providing a good-quality diet, supplementing their food with fatty acids and using topical moisturizing sprays can help treat and prevent dry, flaky skin. Treat dandruff on a cat with help from a veterinarian in this free video on pet care.

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Let's talk about how to cure your cat of dandruff. Dandruff is very common in cats especially as they get older or if they are a larger type of cat. Always check with your veterinary clinic first. Get your cat checked to find out if there is an underlying skin condition, such as dermatitis, flea alert dermatitis or just allergies. Anything that can cause dandruff. Number two is a good quality diet. Diet plays a lot of rolls in dandruff or dry skin. Dandruff is simply just flaking skin. You will see that in a lot of cats over their lower back. Apart from diet, there are supplements such as fatty acid supplements, fish oil supplements that have Omega 3 fatty acids in them that can also replenish some of the oils of the skin and make the hair coat better. Your veterinary clinic can guide you with that. There are also sprays that you can use topically that will moisturize the skin. Shampoos can do the same thing but don't over bathe your cat because that can actually lead to more dry skin. If you are bathing a cat, make sure you're using a moisturizing type of shampoo. Like an oatmeal based shampoo. Last is grooming or brushing your cat can stimulate the natural oils of the skin to be produced. And it can also get rid of that excess hair. And so normally or frequently brushing your cat can help tremendously.

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