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#1 Old 03-26-2008, 03:36 PM
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I'm not being funny. He's longhaired, and recently he just seems a bit... flaky. His skin's not aggravated, as far as I can see, so I'm just wondering what could cause it/if it needs any attention?
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#2 Old 03-26-2008, 06:57 PM
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My cat also suffers from dandruff. I think there can be many reasons for it, but it's best discussed with a vet. Ours prescribed some shampoo for Buttons.
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Is the cat eating a quality cat food? IME, that is the problem 95% of the time. Supplementing with fish or fish oil always seems to help too, in addition to quality food.
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I had a long haired cat that also suffered from dandruff. The vet gave us some shampoo that wasn't too expensive to treat the dandruff. I can't remember the name of it. I think it was $11 a bottle and it lasted a LONG time.
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Thanks for the replies!



Odd that the vet would prescribe shampoo. I thought washing cats any more than necessary wasn't advised because that WOULD dry out their skin -- hmm.



The food he eats is definitely good quality, so I can't see as that's the problem.
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Is the cat eating a quality cat food? IME, that is the problem 95% of the time. Supplementing with fish or fish oil always seems to help too, in addition to quality food.



Quality food is really important! My cat had dandruff problems around his lower back, by his tail. Halo brand foods makes this supplement called Dreamcoat. Since I started mixing that in with his food, his dandruff went away and he looks almost mirror-like shiney!



It is available at lots of petstores too, I bought some at petco.



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Odd that the vet would prescribe shampoo. I thought washing cats any more than necessary wasn't advised because that WOULD dry out their skin -- hmm.



The prescribed medicine is medicated, to treat the underlying skin problem.
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The prescribed medicine is medicated, to treat the underlying skin problem.



Oh, I know that! But, as a human, when I've had scalp problems and used medicated shampoo, that's been even more harsh on my scalp/hair.



I don't doubt the advice at all
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It's not always food. We buy a pretty good brand of food and our other three cats thrive on it. They all have lovely, shiny coats.



Buttons just has a lot of issues. Most of them are mental except for the dandruff...which is probably made worse by the mental issues :[



Anyway, talk to a vet, to see the underlying cause!
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what brand and variety of food is it? dry only or do you use canned? how much water does he drink?

switching to a seafood variety or adding some canned food to his diet might help

mine has dandruff too and is on good quality dry and canned food, but hates seafood flavours. in his case it doesn't seem to bother him, he doesn't scratch excessively or anything and his fur is in great shape otherwise so i don't mess with it.

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Is the cat eating a quality cat food? IME, that is the problem 95% of the time. Supplementing with fish or fish oil always seems to help too, in addition to quality food.



I was going to jump in and say the exact same thing.



I've had people switch their dogs and cats to Nutro Natural Choice when they had skin problems (flakiness, recurrent ringworms, skin allergies, and chronic skin infections). After the first month or so, each person has told me it made a dramatic improvement.



I feed mine the same thing, because one of my dogs has demodectic mange, and it keeps the mites surpressed 100% of the time. Since switching him, his skin is perfect. The only time (in years) he had an outbreak was while he was being boarded...they ran out of his food halfway through the week, and fed him Science Diet for only four days. When he came back, the mange had come back slightly. A week on his regular food cleared him right back up.

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One of my cats (more my parents', because I don't live at home now!) has flakey skin. He is quite old, and also the vet said he is allergic to fleas so maybe that was a symptom of the allergy. We do put the flea stuff on them once a month but sometimes that isn't really enough for Lucky.



I don't know where you're from though.... if you're in the US (where I think cats are kept indoors??) then I doubt it would be a flea allergy.
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I don't know where you're from though.... if you're in the US (where I think cats are kept indoors??) then I doubt it would be a flea allergy.



Just because you keep a cat indoors doesn't mean they can't get fleas. All of the cats in this house have had fleas in their life, and few have stepped outside for more than five minutes.



Not everyone in the US keeps cats indoors anyway. Most people around here don't...
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Poor coat and skin condition could mean there is something else going wrong...often cats get dandruff because they aren't grooming themselves, and they're not grooming because they don't feel great. It's always best to talk to your Vet ;-) Food allergies as well can contribute- good luck!
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My cat has that and is superfussy....olive oil or grapeseed oil is ok for their skin and you can just brush a dispersed amount in which helps the skin from the dry heat.
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My dog gets dandruff in the summer. I took her to the vet, changed her diet, and nothing helped. So I went to the "pet store" and asked if they had lotion for dogs. The girl looked at me funny but walked me over to where it might be a there it was! It smells like lavender and it works wonderfully. She just has dry skin in the summer and, like me, needs some lotion. Take the kitty to the vet of course, just to be sure, but if she's fine otherwise, try some lotion!



HTH!
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changing your cat's food to a high protein food will help your cat's skin and coat and you can also add canned tuna or salmon to their diet. i've been hearing alot of good stuff about dinovite. have you heard about them? may be worth checking out.
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