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Pet Peeves: Kitty's Got Dandruff

Pet Peeves: Kitty's Got Dandruff

Q: I notice flakes when I brush my beautiful black Persian – what should I do?

A: Don't you just wish they made Head and Shoulders for cats?! Well, actually I'm not even positive they still make it for people but those commercials sure stuck in my head ("You're head and shoulders above the rest!"). All joking aside, before I talk about treatment I want to make sure that you don't also notice scabs or crusting on your kitties' fur because that can be a sign of insufficient fat in her diet or a more serious skin condition.

Vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids are essential to healthy coats in dogs and cats. Checking a label for these nutrients is the first step, and the next is offering supplements that can improve the metabolism of fats in the skin's tissue. Find out what simple adjustment you can make your pet's diet when you read more.

I recommend a fish-oil supplement (made for pets obviously). There are different dosages for dogs or cats – for picky pets, pick up a package of Yummy Chummiesto give some omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to dogs or for cats, too.


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fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Persians and Himalayans really are breeds of cats that need to be researched well before they are brought home, whether through rescue or a breeder. They require a lot of attention, care and grooming, and are not for those unwilling to give them what they need. My best advice is to research the breeds well. If they are breeds that fit into your lifestyle, you (and they!) will have a wonderful and rewarding life with one another! :D
mudnessa mudnessa 8 years
a lot of indoor cats get "dandruff" from "inside" air and/or poor grooming. our cats get flaky on their backs, in the warmer months, and it is greatly helped by us brushing them more often.
drea-nicole drea-nicole 8 years
Merlot, also a black persian, refuses to be brushed so we have to have her shaved about twice a year. And it's so bad we can't even take her to a groomer, she has to go to the vet. We've tried bribing her and even holding her down to brush her. We've tried several different brushes too. Getting her lion cut isn't cheap either. I wish she'd just relax and enjoy being brushed.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
I agree with PetSugar. I would start with a trip to your vet, though, to rule out any medicial issues. Also, a great place to look at supplements, high quality foods, and the like is The staff is very helpful and knowledgable. Oliver gives them two paws up and a snort! ;) And of course, daily combing is a must, and a bath should be given, with an extra mild shampoo, every 1-3 months. (Persians can't get to their undercoats like shorthaired cats can.) Good luck! :D
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