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Old 12-29-2007, 12:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Olive oil? Other things for dry skin?

My mom's cat, Llewellyn, has some pretty dry skin on his back. Since he won't eat wet food, we're wondering if there's anything else she can give him for the dry skin, since he's pretty much willing to eat anything but wet food. I make sure I take a lot of olive oil in the winter for my dry skin, but do you think it's good for cats? Or is there another kind of oil that would be better? I was thinking of fish oil but a) does it help dry skin and b) I thought fish wasn't good for cats.

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Old 12-29-2007, 02:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Salmon oil is wonderful stuff. I don't know doses too well for cats but I give Brody a fairly high dose to help combat any potential skin problems that she grew up with. She gets 2000mg per day (2 of the 1000mg caps). They make liquids in pump bottles for dogs and cats and measure out how many pumps per day for certain weight ranges. I've also had 500mg caps before and don't know if they come any smaller. A few drops a day might be ok.

Grizzly Salmon oil is very highly praised from a large amount of people. I just don't like dealing with liquid if I can help it. I like the capsules because Brody eats them whole.

Also - the fish oil itself is very beneficial (to pets and people). Usually, its high levels of certain contaminents (like mercury I think) in fish that make it bad... plus fish itself isn't a "natural" source of food for cats and dogs. Fine in small amounts but not as a sole food source. Fish oil can (and should IMO) be given daily without those worries.

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