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Help! Dandruff!

Amber SooseyAmber Soosey Member Posts: 68
edited 17 June, 2013 in Food & Nutrition
So, Smokey has been having bad dandruff problems these last few months. I believe it is possibly due to her laziness and only partially grooming herself. She's getting quite old (15 years) so I don't blame her. What should I do to help her? I was looking at her skin earlier and it appears quite dried out and flakes would come off if I gently scraped the skin. Her gray fur makes the specks of white stand out quite nicely... I've heard adding oil to their food might help over time. If I do this, would it hurt my other cat whose skin and fur is well cleaned?


  • Karen LeeKaren Lee The kingdom of Mer-lotMember Posts: 89,020
    edited 17 May, 2013
    A poor diet can cause a poor fur coat that has dandruff. What are you currently feeding? Dry flakey skin can be caused by low humidity levels. In the winter time you can use a humidifier in the house. Try brushing the fur more often to help stimulate natural body oil production. Fish oil with omega 3 supposedly helps maintain a good fur coat. Salmon oil is probably the most popular. Use only pet-safe fish oil supplements. Pet stores may sell these. has some good quality ones. You can get liquids/gels or pills or treats. Your other cat can have these fish oil supplements as well.
  • Jordan SpivaJordan Spiva Los Angeles,CAMember Posts: 355
    edited 18 May, 2013
    Yes Salmon oil would be a healthy addition but you need to start with the basics. What are you feeding him/her?
  • Christine LaverieChristine Laverie Member Posts: 305
    edited 17 June, 2013
    Well, there is nothing else to say but *BATH* As much as you would hate it, its one of the ways. Im not dumb but I've never had dandruff badly, and the only way to get it out that I know of is......*THE BATH* MEOW!! Good Luck :)
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