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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-14-2006, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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We have a big close to 18 pound cat (Pic Below) who has dry skin and dandruff. He is on weight management food which has less oil then the regular cat food, but obviously he cant get regular or he would be a big fat cat. Any suggestions? Ive heard of feeding eggs for helping with animals skin/coats?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-14-2006, 05:52 PM
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(What a big, beautiful guy.)

I feed scrambled eggs to my dog and cat about 3X per week. I've always heard that eggs will help maintain a shiny, healthy coat. I don't know if there's any truth to this at all, but I do know that my animals really enjoy eating eggs, so I stick with the plan.

If your cat's already having skin problems, though, you really need to take him to the veterinarian. His dry skin and dandruff might be causing pain, itching, or general discomfort. I know you don't want him to suffer.

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I don't know about eggs, but there are plenty of Omega suppliments out there that you can add to his food to help improve skin and coat condition. Fish oils are commonly used. Something like this:
http://www.urbancarnivore.com/uc_online ... oduct_ID=3

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-14-2006, 07:07 PM
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What a handsome big boy!! I concur with Julia -- Omega-3 fish oil does wonders for a cat's coat and will take care of the dandruff. I buy mine at a health food store in gel caps. Then I just have to poke a hole in the cap with a pin and squirt it on food.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-14-2006, 07:56 PM
 
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One more vote for the fish oil. You can add that to his regular food instead of giving him eggs which he will enjoy, but that will add fat and calories and possibly defeat the purpose of feeding him weight control food. If you think he'll really miss the eggs you could let him have one once in a while as a treat.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-14-2006, 10:14 PM
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I also agree with trying the omega-3. But I've also got to go on my weight management food rant. My 2 porker cats were on the stuff for years and never lost an ounce. Their coats were dry and they often had itchy, flakey skin (probably from all the grains). When I switched to a high quality wet food I was amazed at the change. They slimmed down to a great weight and have maintained it ever since. And their coats are silky! I did stop free feeding as well but never actually "dieted" them. They can eat as much as they want at each sitting. I've since read here that dry food (and diet imparticular) is full of carbs which puts on weight. Go figure.

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