Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Treat Cat Dander

Dander may be particularly visible on cats with dark fur.

Cat dander consists of dead skin cells, which are shed as part of normal cell growth. This shedding of cells may go unnoticed in warmer months but become pronounced as the weather grows colder and your cat's skin becomes drier. Cats can develop dandruff just as people can, and it may appear as large white flakes that are particularly visible against dark fur. Keeping your cat's skin moisturized from the outside with home remedies, and from the inside by changing its diet, can help minimize cat dander.


1. Plug in a humidifier in the area where your cat spends most of his time. If you live in a dry climate or your home has gas or electric heat, adding moisture to the air may be all that is required to reduce your cat's dander.

2. Feed your cat a high-quality wet food rich in protein. Introduce wet food slowly, a half a can a day mixed with dry food, to acclimate your cat to its new diet and prevent digestive problems.

3. Brush your cat regularly to remove dead skin cells and loose fur. Brushing increases blood flow to the surface of the skin, which can also help eliminate dandruff.

4. Puncture a capsule of fish oil or an omega 3 supplement such as flaxseed oil with a pin. Squeeze the oil over your pet's food once every few days to moisturize his skin from the inside out.

5. Take your cat to the vet if dander problems persist or if you notice a change in your cat's behavior, eating habits or overall health. Cat dandruff can be a result of various medical conditions, including obesity, infection, parasites, allergies and diabetes.

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