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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-30-2008, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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DANDRUFF!!

Can anyone tell me a remedy for dandruff on my cats fur. The more I brush the more there is it seems.
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Well first off what are you feeding said kitty? To treat dandruff on cats I've always believed you have to treat it from the inside out not the other way around.
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He is fed Iams carved filets canned food, fish flavor night and morning and Iams dry Hairball formula when ever he wants it.
And I agree that it has to be from the inside, but just don't know what to try. I did have some cod liver oil the vet gave me to add to the canned food, but he didn't like it after a few times and then didn't want to eat it at all. So I don't really want to go that route again.
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Food like Iams, Science Diet etc are not good quality food at all I wouldn't be surprised if you changed the food to a higher quality one that the dandruff would soon go away.

You can try using vinigar on him, just avoid the head. It's gotten rid of it in some cats adn other cats it hasn't. Flax seed has been known to help dogs, something you could look into for you cat. You can also try a small spoonful of olive oil/sunflower seed oil mixed in the wet food.

There are other causes as well other then added things to the food and changing the food. It could be a health issue, cats with liver problems get dandruff. I'd rule out possible health problems first. If all checks out OK switch the food.
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The first thing I would suggest is switching to a high quality wet food. A few brands I recommend are Merrick, Natural Balance, Innova, Evo, Eagle Pack Holistic Selects, Weruva, and Wellness.

Next I would reduce the amount or completely eliminate dry food.
If you can't eliminate the dry food, I would also switch that to a higher quality brand as well.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-30-2008, 06:45 PM
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If you add any type of oil the only one you should add is salmon oil. while cats cat process some plant oil it is not nearly as much as animal oil. A good salmon oil really helps the skin and coat. Also like some have said try to feed a better food and more wet. Salmon is tastier than cod liver. At least I think so.

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Another problem could be that the diet is primarily fish, it's not the best protein for them as most fish lacks many of the things essential to good health in a cat.
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Thanks for all the good answers. I will try some other brands of wet food. I had thought Iams was a very good cat food brand and is why I have used it. I have fed chicken instead of fish also, but the dandruff was the same then.

Again, thanks for the help.
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