Dandruff

Although it is not terribly common, cats can get dandruff. Dandruff can be a sign of a skin irritation, dry skin, allergy, infection, or greater disease so if your cat does have dandruff you might want to take him/her to the vet for a complete check up. If you and your vet rule out any health-related reasons then your cat most likely has plain old dandruff! If your cat does have dandruff their are a few things you can do to minimize it.

  • Keep your cat’s coat and skin moist. You can give your cat a little tuna in oil as a treat every few weeks (be careful if you have an overweight cat and remember tuna is a treat only!). This will help give your cat some extra oils in his/her diet which may help minimize the dry skin causing dandruff.
  • Brush your cat daily or at least a few times a week. Cats have sebaceous glands near their hair follicles, and these glands produce oils. By combing through your cat’s coat you can help spread the oils across the coat and onto the skin. This may also help minimize dry skin.
  • Bathe your cat. There are many cat shampoos formulated for dry skin and dandruff. Bathe your cat once a week (or as often as your cat will allow). The shampoo will also help treat and moisten the skin, thus minimizing dandruff.