If you’re a cat owner who has had to replace too many vacuums, we know the battle. How to keep your cat from shedding so much is a common complaint that we hear a lot at Cat Care of Vinings. Unfortunately, there is dandruff.
Did you know we offer grooming for long haired cats? We don’t always recommend shaving them just for dandruff, but many owners with long haired cats choose to shave them to avoid matting and hairballs!
There are some great solutions to reducing your cat’s dandruff. That’s why we’re devoting an entire blog to this hairy situation!
6 steps to reducing your cat’s dandruff
Are you dealing with a chronic shedder? All cats except those that are hairless shed, but amounts will vary based on hair length, time of year, cat health and grooming habits. Shedding is a normal and healthy way for your cat to remove old skin cells and hair follicles and make room for new ones.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t make our sweeping and vacuum cleaning tasks pleasant any more. There are a few simple steps you can take to prevent excessive spillage:
- Brush, brush, brush. To reduce dandruff, help your cat by brushing them daily. Cats are naturally self-grooming, but can benefit from regular brushing. Choose the right comb or brush for the length and density of your cat’s fur so you don’t pull on the fur or make the experience uncomfortable. Brushing will remove excess fur and increase the bond you share with your furry coat.
- Look at the diet. Diet goes a long way in keeping your pet’s coat shiny, healthy, and shedding less than normal. Some dandruff can be related to a lack of nutrients. Therefore, check with your veterinarian about the right diet for your meow friend.
- Keep your cat hydrated. In addition to affecting the functioning of the kidneys and other important organs in the body, dehydration can lead to extra dandruff. To keep your cat’s coat and overall health in great condition, make sure they are getting enough moisture and water. Add some wet food to their dry snacks, put more than one water bowl around the house, and use a water dispenser instead of the standard water bowl as cats love running water.
When to call the vet
If your cat is shedding more and has other signs of illness, such as:
- Drink more water than normal
- Loss of appetite
- Urinating outside the litter box
- Scratching more than usual
- Lack of self-care
- Dull, unkempt coat
- Patches of missing fur
If your cat’s dandruff has noticeably deteriorated, it is best to have him checked to rule out any disease. Certain health problems, especially in older cats, can be the cause of excessive dandruff.
Questions about your cat’s dandruff
We hope that some of these recommendations will help keep fur from flying in your home. Along with the recommendations, you should vacuum and dust regularly, wash your pet’s bedding and bedding weekly, and use some lint rollers on your clothing to remove any fur that may collect. If you have any further questions about why your cat is shedding please contact us.