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Is Dandruff Bad For Your Cat?

For those of you wondering if cat dandruff is bad for your cat, the answer is that it can be. Dandruff on a cat can be a serious condition. It can be a condition where the cat’s sebaceous glands produce more sebum than it should. This can be noticeable on the flanks, face, and the back of the kitty.

Cats who have idiopathic seborrhea or cat dandruff will have dandruff that may not have an actual cause. It may be necessary to go to a vet to find out what is wrong with the cat. The pet owner should observe the cat for a couple of days before the vet appointment. some of the most common causes of cat dandruff are: environmental factors such as when the seasons change, hormonal imbalance, allergies such as laundry detergent and household cleaners, fungal infections such as ringworm, parasites such as ticks and fleas, obesity, and musculoskeletal disease.

The symptoms of dandruff may vary. There can be areas of the cat’s fur where there are more sebaceous glands that will show signs of dandruff. The cat may also leave dandruff flakes in their sleeping spot. Another symptom is the smell of your cat. If the cat smells different it may be a sign of a secondary bacterial infection or yeast skin infection. Also if the cat swats at you when you are trying to touch a certain spot on the cat, it may tell you something is wrong. Upon examination, you may find inflamed or red skin with lesions.

Once you go to the vet and talk about the symptoms of the cat, he or she will conduct tests to determine the cause and type of the dandruff on the cat. The vet may perform blood tests, skin cytology and skin scrapings, skin culture, skin biopsy, and hormone tests.

As for treatment, it may vary. Some of the most common treatment methods are: antiseborrheic shampoos, retinoids, omega 3 fatty acid food supplements, oral cyclosporine, moisturizers, and antibiotics.

For prevention, there are a host of things that you can do to try to prevent cat dandruff from coming. You can give your cat a good bath, have your cat groomed, have your cat maintain a healthy weight, monitor your cat’s environment, and give your cat omega 3 fatty acid supplements.