My cat has dandruff, how do i fix it?

Asked by Member 815782 on Mar 15th 2009 in Skin Problems
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Spike had dandruff, and I took him to the vet to rule out the possibility of diabetes--which can cause dandruff. Spike is overweight (yeah, I know, we have to do something about that), and was also disturbed about having all those Maine Coons suddenly appear in the household. He started doing comfort eating, which made him fatter, and less able to groom himself. But spending quality time with him every day (those afternoon naps!) made him not only lose weight, but also cut down on the dandruff, because he was both better able to groom himself (less fat) and more willing to groom himself--cats groom themselves when they are feeling secure. That's my experience with dandruff, but there could be any number of causes, so get a vet check.

Spike answered on Mar 15th.

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My cat, Delilah, also gets dandruff, especially during "furnace season". It's worth it to have them professionally groomed once or twice a year, especially if your kitty doesn't like baths, etc. If your kitty is exhibiting any redness, irritation, hair loss or excessive scratching, she should be seen by a veterinarian. Having said that, however:
The white flakes are most likely normal cat dander (which is the stuff that causes allergies in humans.) There are a number of commercial products available for both topical and oral treatment of dry skin.
You could also try adding a bit of oil to kitty's diet, particularly if she is eating a straight dry food diet. Frequent brushing or combing: two or three times a week for shorthairs and daily for longhairs, also helps in keeping dander and shedding at a minimum.

Delilah answered on 3/15/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Mr. Fez (Angel Dreamboat #25)

Well, it wouldn't hurt to have a vet examine your cat - especially if the dandruff is bad - to make sure there isn't a medical reason for it.

Feeding a premium quality food can help the skin and coat. Brushing is also recommended. If your cat is overweight, sometimes they cannot reach everywhere to groom themselves. Especially the lower back. Bathing can be very helpful. Make sure you use a shampoo made for cats.

Mr. Fez also has some dandruff issues and feeding a premium food, brushing, and occasional baths help keep it under control.

Mr. Fez (Angel Dreamboat #25) answered on 3/15/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Mr. Fez is right, dandruff can be caused by medical problems so having a vet look at your cat to be sure there isn't an underlying medical reason should be your first step. If that pans out normal then adding some fish oil (careful with dosing as this can cause gi upset) or 3V caps (or Derm Caps) which you can get from your vet, to the food, to help get some fatty acids into kitties diet.

Hunter answered on 3/15/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Another cause of dandruff can be simple age. Just like humans, animals skins can get drier as they age.

Visit vet just to rule out anything more serious, of course.

Feeding grain-free wet food, adding fish oil (small amount) and also vit. E (water soluble) can all help keep skin healthy and moisturized, and fur silky shiney.

Member 702647 answered on 3/15/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer