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.
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.
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.
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.