Like humans, cats may also suffer from dandruff. Dandruff manifests itself as small white specks on the cat’s coat. It develops when loose dead skin cells in the outer layer of the skin flake off and get caught in the cat’s fur. Dandruff can lead to an animal’s coat to look unhealthy and unsightly. Fortunately there are several home remedies for cats with dandruff that may be used to heal the problem.
Dandruff may be caused by a number of factors like sensitivity to a fungus that’s present on the scalp, fungal infections, over-active oil glands or clogged oil glands skin that may get very dry and produce dry flakes. Stress or a weakened immune system may also be the source. Similarly, environmental conditions like cold weather or a dry environment can also activate dandruff. Dandruff can also result from food allergies or intolerances. Excessive washing of your cat may also result in flaky, dry skin.
Treatment will be based on the origin of the dandruff. Conventional treatment often involve topical creams. Be aware though that these treatments may have side effects. One word of advice, never use human moisturising lotions on your cat’s skin as they contain chemicals that may irritate your cat’s skin.
A balanced diet is among the best home remedies for cats with dandruff. As dandruff may be caused by food allergies or intolerances, feed your cat clean, raw food with no artificial additives instead of processed food. However, be sure you don’t change the diet suddenly since this might cause an imbalance of natural oils and consequently a dry, flaky skin.
Supplementing your cat’s diet with omega-3 oils or adding a tbsp of olive oil into the food a few times a week can help the skin and state of the fur by stimulating natural oils from the skin. Vitamin A also helps maintain healthy skin. Carrots, squash and sweet potatoes are excellent sources and can be grated into your cat’s food.
Herbal home remedies for cats can help keep your cat’s skin healthy and nourished as they encourage the natural oil production of the skin. Herbs such as horsetail and dandelion act as an effective tissue tonic and keep the skin hydrated. These and bladderwrack, a sea vegetable used in supplements, can be seen in ready-made home remedies for cats with dandruff which you can buy.
One of the simplest home remedies for cats with dandruff is regular combing. It doesn’t cure the illness but will remove flaky skin cells in the jacket and stimulate circulation of blood from the skin. Brush your pet frequently, but gently to loosen dry skin cells and dandruff flakes.
Dry your cat thoroughly after washing, as shampoo residue can dry on the skin and cause flaky dandruff and skin. If you wash or bathe your cat frequently, reduce the frequency. Bathing eliminates skin oils and will make the skin scaly. The production of natural oils from the skin will be disrupted to counteract the dry skin caused by frequent washes and oil glands begin producing too much oil.
If your cat is prone to dandruff, avoid keeping your cat in very cold and arid environments. Humidity in an area can be controlled by installing humidifiers.