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Like humans, cats can also suffer from dandruff. Dandruff in cats shows as little white specks on the cat's coat. It develops when loose dead skin cells from the outer layer of the skin flake off and get caught in the fur. Dandruff can cause the coat to appear unsightly and unhealthy. Fortunately, there are many home remedies for cats with dandruff to cure the condition.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

Dandruff may be caused by a variety of factors, e.g. sensitivity to a fungus present on the scalp, fungal infections, over-active oil glands or clogged oil glands in the skin which can get very dry and produce flakes. Stress or a weakened immune system may also be the cause. Dandruff can also be triggered by environmental conditions like cold weather or a dry environment. It may also result from food allergies or intolerances. And excessive washing of your cat may also result in flaky, dry skin.

Treatment will depend on the cause of the dandruff. Conventional treatment often involves topical creams. Be aware though that these treatments may have side effects. One word of advice, never use human moisturising lotions on your cat's skin as they contain chemicals that can irritate your cat's skin.

A balanced diet is one of the most effective home remedies for cats with dandruff. As dandruff may be the result of food allergies or intolerances, feed your cat fresh, raw food without artificial additives rather than processed food. Make sure though you do not change the diet suddenly as this may cause an imbalance of natural oils and consequently a dry, flaky skin.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

Adding a tablespoon of olive oil to the food a few times a week, or supplementing your cat's diet with omega-3 oils, helps the skin and fur by stimulating natural oils in the skin. Vitamin A also helps to maintain healthy skin. Carrots, squash and sweet potatoes are excellent vitamin A sources and can be grated into your cat's food.

Home remedies

Herbal home remedies for cats will help keep your cat's skin healthy and nourished as they support the natural oil production of the skin. Herbs such as horsetail and dandelion act as an effective tissue tonic and keep the skin hydrated. Together with bladderwrack, a sea vegetable used in supplements, they can be found in ready-made natural remedies for cats with dandruff you can buy.

One of the easiest home remedies for cats with dandruff is regular combing. It will not cure the condition but will remove flaky skin cells from the coat and stimulate circulation of blood in the skin. Brush your cat regularly, but gently to loosen dry skin cells and dandruff flakes.

If you wash or bathe your cat regularly, reduce the frequency. Bathing removes skin oils and can make the skin scaly. This is because the production of natural oils in the skin is disrupted to counteract the dry skin caused by frequent washes and oil glands start producing too much oil. Dry your cat thoroughly after washing, as shampoo residue can dry on the skin and cause flaky skin and dandruff.

If your cat is prone to dandruff, avoid keeping your cat in very cold and dry environments. Humidity in a room can be controlled by installing humidifiers.

These home remedies for cats with dandruff will rid your cat of dandruff in an effective manner.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
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