Causes of Dandruff in Cats
- Fungal infection can cause dandruff.
- Yeast infection can also cause dandruff in cats.
- Dandruff is an allergic dermatitis. It is the body reacting to outside forces that make the skin dry and itchy.
- Dandruff in cats presents itself in cats the same way it does with humans. You will observe white flakiness on the skin.
- Dandruff can be caused by dry heat in the winter, or by parasites or mites.
- Humidifying the air prevents excess drying and decreases the flaky, white patches.
- Also Read symptoms and treatment of feline acne
Treatment for Dandruff in Cats
- Adding the good fish oils or the Omega 3 and 6 to your cats daily diet assists in moisturizing the skin and keeping it lubricated.
- Check your cat for fleas. If this is a problem, you need to treat the cat and the environment.
- As a home remedy, bath the cat in a tiny bit of Dawn dish washing soap and rinse well. Rinse a second time with white vinegar as a natural flea repellent and to decrease itching and prevent scratching.
- Also read this article how to treat flea allergic dermatitis in dogs
- Sunburn in cats can cause dandruff because the sun burns the very top layer of skin off and then the area turns flaky.
- Even though cats have a lot of hair or fur covering their skin, there are areas that have less covering. Areas above the eyes or below the ears are prime spots for sunburn in cats who spend a lot of time out running the neighborhood.
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- In the heat of the summer, cats should not be outside when the ultraviolet rays are at there worst. Typically, during the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM, cats should be in the shade or indoors.
- If dandruff is left untreated for too long and the cat itches and scratches relentlessly, the cat is most definitely at risk of developing worse issues with secondary infections.
- Also read more about Skin Fungus in Cats and its treatment.