Help With Your Cat: Dander

by Paws on Your Heart on March 1, 2019

Is your cat one of the many felines who has a lot of dander?

Are you unsure what cat dander even is? It’s the little white flecks of dead skin that occasionally show up in our feline friends’ fur. Be sure not to confuse cat dander with dandruff, which is itchy, dry skin that can become quite raw if a cat itches it too much, and requires different treatment than dander.

Dander in cats is very common, simply because they have fur all over their bodies, which means that they’re more likely to have a lot of dead skin cells getting stuck in their fur. Cat dander is completely normal, and it’s nothing to be concerned about.

Common Causes Of Cat Dander

A lack of grooming by our feline friends will cause their coats and skin to appear unhealthy. This problem is especially prominent in overweight cats because they are unable to reach and clean many areas on their body, such as their back and their tail, so these cats often have a lot of dander.

The winter season can cause our cats to have very dry skin, especially since the heat in the house is turned up more than usual. This can cause the air in the home to become very dry, which will also dry out our feline friends’ skin.

Diet. A feline’s skin might react to the food that he’s eating. For example, some cats who don’t have very much fat in their diet will develop drier skin than usual.

Cat Dander Treatment

To treat dry skin and dander, be sure to brush your cat’s hair often to remove excess fur and dander, and look for other grooming products that are made specifically for cats who have dry skin. These products will include ingredients that will help to balance and moisturize your cat’s skin. When you brush your cat with a moisturizing product, the oils in his skin will be distributed more evenly, which will help to treat the dry skin.

A change in diet will also help to reduce your cat’s dander problem. High quality foods that have healthier ingredients, healthy oils, and nutrients will help to keep your cat’s coat looking beautiful and healthy. Also, be sure that your kitty is drinking plenty of water, because water is essential for cats to have healthy skin and fur.

Do you have any tips for reducing cat dander? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below!

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