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What do I do about her skin?

Discuss ways to improve the quality of your cat's life and longevity through proper nutrition; a place for all of your questions and answers about feeding your kitty!

Please keep discussions fun, friendly, and helpful at all times. Non-informative posts criticizing a particular brand or another poster's choice of food are not allowed in this Forum. References to any brand of food as "junk," "garbage," or other harsh names will be removed.

  
Jasmine

Mama Kitty
 
 
Purred: Mon Jun 24, '13 4:53pm PST 
I was brushing Jasmine earlier today and I found that she had a lot of dry skin and I know that her diet can big a large contributor to her skin. She has always eaten Purina cat chow, but a few years ago we switched her to the Purina naturals (at least that's what I think it is called, it is in a green bag) I know there have to be some better brands of cat food but I have no idea where to start. I am more of a dog person but I know that the brand I feed my dogs might not be the best choice for my cats. Do any of you have a brand that you really like? Or a brand that you found their skin and coat stay in good condition? Any and all help is greatly appreciated! kitty
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Merlin - An Angel- Forever

*Poof*
 
 
Purred: Mon Jun 24, '13 6:00pm PST 
Check out these recent threads about good foods for cats:

http://www.catster.com/forums/Food_and_Nutrition/thread/778195
http://www.catster.com/forums/Food_and_Nutrition/thread/778153
http://www.catster.com/forums/Food_and_Nutrition/thread/777971
http://www.catster.com/forums/Food_and_Nutrition/thread/776265

Definitely read http://www.catinfo.org to learn what proper nutrition for cats is way to go Basically, all dry foods are an inappropriate source of food for cats and they cause all sorts of health issues shrug Purina has a bunch of cheap filler junk ingredients shrug

The right diet is canned food way to go Some people feed raw food but not everyone can or wants to do that.

100% canned is ideal but I guess if you haeve to feed some dry, at least use a grain-free dry food and limit it to a small part of the diet. I suggest a a max of 50% canned (with extra water added) and 50% dry. Some good brands of grain-free dry are Nature's Variety Instinct, Wellness Core, and Innova EVO.

The right diet can help improve the fur coat. You can also add a fish oil supplemlent. Pet stores sell these in various forms, liquids and gels and treats.

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Jasmine

Mama Kitty
 
 
Purred: Tue Jun 25, '13 3:24pm PST 
Thank you so much! You have been so helpful!
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Merlin - An Angel- Forever

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Purred: Tue Jun 25, '13 4:52pm PST 
Check out what the local pet stores have smile Petco sells some good brands like Nature's Variety Instinct. Petsmart sells Wellness and other good brands. Independent non chain pet stores will have a wider slection of high quality foods. Pet food web sites have a store locator that you can use to find a local store smile Here are a few:

http://www.naturesvariety.com/locator
http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/store-locator.aspx
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Brownie

I'm the Alpha- cat!
 
 
Purred: Tue Jun 25, '13 5:52pm PST 
Since Jasmine is getting older, I'd look for one like Wellness Indoor Health in the yellow bag. It has less phosphorus which is better for senior cats. It has barley, rice, oats and no: corn, wheat, soy or by-products. My crew likes it too. They like a little grain over the grain free kibbles that have higher phosphorus. I feed them both wet & dry food.
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Beep

Butt-kicker of- all other cats
 
 
Purred: Wed Jun 26, '13 5:09am PST 
I would say to definitely read up on those links at catinfo.org, good info there. You will see that cats need more water in their diet, they get nothing from dry food. Wet is better, especially as they get older. A dry only diet can lead to problems down the road. I know some people say they have fed dry to their cats all the time and they were fine....in fact if I hear my MIL say it once more I want to throw something at her, and yes, some cats live their entire lives on it and are fine. But you can see from reading these forums, and other cat forums, how many cats that end up with bad health problems, how most of those cats eat dry food only.

Lots of cheaper foods, especially dry foods, are full of corn and corn is a very common allergy for cats to have, which can cause skin issues. Also fleas can cause bad skin problems so make sure that your cat doesn't have fleas.

I think if you get your kitty on a good diet, her skin issues will clear up. And I would seriously consider getting wet food into her diet, at least partially if you are not open to putting her fully on wet food. My cats eat wet food only, with the exception that Beep gets a small handful of kibble in the evening, like 10 kibbles, and the other two, we use dry food as a treat, giving a few kibbles once in a while as a treat, but that is all they get of it. I switched to wet food after my male cat developed crystals and blocked and almost died and I made the switch to wet food for him, and he has not had any issues since then, and it's been 5 years.
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