Does My Cat Have Dry Skin?
Like most other animals, cats can have dry skin. Although dry skin doesn’t seem like a critical cat concern, the state of their skin is a good indicator of your cat’s overall health. So if your kitty has flakey skin, is scratching frequently, has hair loss, or is excessively grooming – it’s time to look into the state of their skin.
Why Does My Cat Have Dry Skin?
It may take a little detective work to figure out why your cat has dry skin. Make sure your cat doesn’t have fleas; even indoor cats can get them. Secondly, have your vet rule out any medical reasons such as thyroid, kidney, or heart disease.
What Can I Do About It Right Now?
One of the most common causes of parched kitty skin is food allergies. If you think this is your cat’s problem, a diet change might solve it. Choose food that is a high-quality, preferably wet food that contains Omega 3 fatty acids. Commercial cat food may not have enough protein for your cat, so choose wisely or add some protein to their food.
Other Things To Do At Home
Wash their beds and blankets because dirty bedding can exacerbate the itch. If it’s chilly outdoors, the air in your home is probably dry, which could be the cause. You may want to add some humidity to your environment; it will be useful for you too.
Hydration is key
Ensure all your pets have water available all the time and leave multiple water bowls around the house. Some cats like running water, so you may want to consider a kitty fountain. Cats are picky about drinking water, so make sure it is refreshed often and containers clean!
Grooming Can Help Your Cat With Dry Skin
Groom your cat with gentle brushing, which will help remove dry skin and dandruff. Most cats don’t need a bath very often, but if you bathe your cat, consider a moisturizing shampoo or one made for cat dandruff (don’t use human dandruff shampoo – it is dangerous to felines).
Are Certain Cat Breeds More Prone To Dry Skin?
Some breeds are more prone than others to have dry skin. These include Balinese, Persian, Shorthair, and Oriental Longhairs, to name a few.
Do a little detective work to connect the dots and figure out what steps you can take to get your cat’s skin healthy again. You’ll both be happier and do more purring!
Nicole founded Miami Pet Concierge in May 2007, with a mission to provide Miami, Florida’s pet parents with personalized pet care plans based on their pets’ species, age, breed, health, and lifestyle. All while keeping their pets “happy at home.” In addition, offering pet care education for all pet owners to guide them to become great pet parents.