How To Get Rid Of Cat Dandruff
Cat dandruff can be caused by many reasons. In this video, you will learn what cat dandruff is and what to do when it occurs. You will also find tips on how to perform a routine health check on your pet cat.
Hi, my name is Karen. I'm one of the vets at Cats Protection, the UK's leading cat welfare charity, and I'm going to talk to you today about some aspects of cat care. I'm going to talk to you today about how to get rid of cat dandruff.
Well first of all, what is cat dandruff? Dandruff is scurfy or dry skin on your cat's coat and can be caused by many, many different reasons. The obvious kind of things can be skin parasites or skin allergies and skin problems but there are some less obvious things like maybe your cat is not able to groom itself so well. Because it can be many reasons why your cats got dandruff, the most important thing to do first of all if your cat does have scurfy skin, is have it seen by a vet and have it checked out.
The kinds of things they might look for are skin parasites like fleas, which is the most common. Sometimes it can be allergies and the cat might need testing to look for this. It can be the less obvious things like maybe your cat's getting just a bit elderly and it's not able to groom itself so well.
Maybe it's a bit overweight or obese and it can't reach certain parts of its body. It can be other problems as well, more systemic or health problems that mean your cat's just feeling a bit poorly and not able to groom itself so well either. Things like dental disease or oral pain can mean it can't groom also.
So it's really important you get your cat checked out by the vet, then to make sure there's nothing else going on. If your vet says your cat is healthy or if it's under treatment for something while you're getting it sorted out, it can be a good idea to help your cat groom itself. Again, go with your vet's advice as to what kinds of brushes or combs are suitable for your pet.
It depends on what cats like and what its hair is like as to what is most suitable. So once you've had your cat checked out by the vet and everything seems okay, it may be a good idea to help your cat groom itself. It can be a really good bonding thing to do with your cat as it gives them endorphins when they're being groomed, makes them feel happy inside, so it can be something nice to share.
It can be a really positive experience. The import thing is to again take your vet's advice on what kinds of combs to use with your cat. Certain cats need certain kinds of brushes depending on what kind of fur they have and what kind of pet they are.
Always start slowly with your cat and just do the parts of them that they enjoy. Make sure it's enjoyable for them and praise them. And sometimes you can use food treats to make it an enjoyable experience.
It's also a good idea, when you're grooming your cat and interacting with a cat like this, to give it a quick head to toe check. Sometimes things can go awry with our pets and we don't notice, so it's a good idea just to pop your hands on every now and then and just have a little check. Do things like check in their ears, make sure they're nice and clean.
Check their eyes, there's no discharge or redness. It's always really important to check their mouth. Dental problems are really common.
You can just lift up the outer lip like that and check that the gums aren't red or they've become yellow. Feel them over for lumps and bumps or scratches and scraps. And make sure there's no areas of pain.
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