Foods to help with dander and digestion

Amber SwartzAmber Swartz OkemosMember Posts: 4
edited 16 March, 2014 in Home Prepared Food & Recipes
Hi everyone, we adopted a kitty last week. My vet said he doesn't have a bad dander problem, but he has flakes all over when I brush him. We are feeding him friskies food, we really can't completely alter his diet (because of budget), but I'd like to know if I can add some people food to help balance out what he may be missing. I have heard eggs (raw) can help dogs with dander, so I'm wondering if there is anything similar for cats. If you have recipes or websites to reference that'ed be great! (His vet was not helpful at all, she said "the food he's eating is fine, some more expensive brands may help with the dander, or they may not") He has also had the runs since coming home. The Animal control said it's normal because of the food switch, but I'd like to help him if I can. Thanks for the suggestions!


  • Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
    edited 5 March, 2014
    Poor diet can cause dandruff :? So can low humidity. Here's some info about proper cat nutrition: Is the Friskies canned or dry? if it's dry, well, the ingredients are horrible :-#:-# Canned Friskies is a better choice. The ingredients aren't too horrible in those. Plus, the high water content of canned food is good for your cat =; You can buy the large 12 oz (I think) cans of Friskies to save money. Firskies (and other brands of commerical cat food) is a complete diet so there is no need to add anything to it. Doing so may unbalance the diet and may negatively affect your cat over time. Try increasing the humidity in your home with a humidifier. Brush your cat's fur frequently to remove dandruff and to stimulate the skin to produce more oils. Maybe add a fish oil supplement to the cat's food. Fish oil is thought to promote healthy skin and fur. Use only a fish oil supplement from the pet store. These come in liquid or gel form or in capsules.
  • Paula K-Paula K- New YorkMember Posts: 2,244
    edited 7 March, 2014
    What Merlin said! Feed a wet or raw diet and see if the dandruff eases up as the weather gets warmer. I think most cats in the north get dandruff in the winter but it's usually only obvious on black cats. You can add some fish oil to his food if he likes it - some cats love it and will lick it right off your fingers.
  • Amber SwartzAmber Swartz OkemosMember Posts: 4
    edited 16 March, 2014
    Thanks for the help! The dander eased up after a week or so. I think it was just the change from inconsistent food to consistent. For other reasons we switch to puina cat food. We can't afford to do all wet food, the cost is just way to high. He does get it as treats though. =) Thanks again for the help.
  • Paula K-Paula K- New YorkMember Posts: 2,244
    edited 16 March, 2014
    You end up paying one way or another. If you feed a dry diet you could eventually be at the vet with urinary issues, kidney problems or diabetes. Even a cheap wet food is preferable to dry food. Or maybe you could do half and half. Just my two cents. I understand that money problems can complicate things!
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