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It's not just humans who are prone to dandruff. Cats can get it too. Not only is it aesthetically unappealing, it is also a sign of dry skin and a larger underlying cause. As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to find out the reason behind Felix's dry skin and fix it. We have compiled a few handy tips to help you tackle the root of the problem (pun intended):
- Diet – Pets need a good amount of fat in their diet. We are talking about good fat, not bacon. It plays a very important role in keeping their coat shiny and their skin supple. If your pet's current diet isn't cutting it, switch him over to a holistic, high quality pet food or supplement his current diet with oils that are designed specifically for pets.
- Dandruff shampoo – No, we are not talking about the bottle that's sitting in the shelf of your bathroom. That stuff is not meant for animals. However, there are anti-dandruff shampoos that are specially formulated for pets. If Fluffy's dandruff problem is out of control, then we highly recommend adding some shampoo to his bath. It will help nourish his dry, flaking skin.
- Moisture plus – If you can get your hands on an all natural hand cream (one that contains colloidal oatmeal), then you can go ahead and use it on your pet. It will work wonders for his dry skin and eliminate dandruff in the process. Get some cream on your hands and massage it against your cat's skin. It goes without saying that your pet will love it. After all, who doesn't like a soothing massage every now and then?
- Splish, splash – It is very important to give your cat a bath regularly, especially if he has a dandruff problem. You should be able to find organic pet shampoos and conditioners online. Just make sure that you do not over-bathe your cat. That can cause a change in the pH of his skin and cause unwanted skin problems.
- Spritz away – Don't use any garden variety hair spritz. Get the specially formulate pet oils that come in spray bottles. They are designed to lock in the moisture and help with dry skin. So, spritz away if you feel like it. Not only will you help him get rid of dandruff, you also get to pamper him in the process. Just make sure that he does not lick away the spritz when he is grooming himself.
- Grooming – Brushing your cat's coat on a daily basis has a lot of benefits. Not only will it make him feel good, it will also keep his fur shiny, smooth and burr-free. Brushing helps distribute the natural oils in your cat's coat and massages his skin. If the brush is too soft, it won't do any good. If it is too stiff, it will just make the problem worse. You want to get one that is just right for your cat.