Although human dandruff is a pretty run of the mill health problem to encounter, many people are surprised to find out that their cat can have dandruff as well. But it really should come as no surprise. Afterall, humans develop dandruff on their head which is typically covered in hair. Well a cat’s whole body is covered in hair just like the human head so it's reasonable that they might encounter similar types of skin issues underneath of their hair as well. To find out what’s causing your cat’s dandruff and what you should do about it, check out the article below.
Dandruff is pieces of your cat’s skin that flake and fall off. This is different from dander which is a totally normal shedding of the skin. Dander is just small individual skin cells being shed in the natural process of the skin renewing itself. Dandruff on the other hand is an unnatural shedding of skin. You can tell the difference because you can see dandruff whereas dander is too small for you to even see.
Dandruff is caused by the outermost layer of your cat’s skin flaking and shedding more often than is normal.This is often caused by your cat’s sebaceous glands overproducing oil. The oils that are produced are normally meant to protect and replenish your cat’s skin, but when they are produced in too high of quantities they cause the skin to become irritated. This is what causes the shedding of the skin cells.
It is natural for irritated skin to be removed from the outer layer of skin. However, don’t just brush dandruff off as being a totally normal occurrence. There is a reason your cat has dandruff. So whether it is a brand new development, or your cat has had dandruff for a while, it is still important to get to the root cause of what’s irritating your cat’s skin. Some reasons are pretty benign and inconsequential, whereas other reasons can be far more serious. It’s important to get to the bottom of the reason your cat is having dandruff in order to ensure that your cat stays happy and healthy.
There are many reasons that are typically the culprit behind your cat’s dandruff problem. Take a look at the list below to get an idea of what is causing your cat’s skin to flake, including:
Now let's take a closer look at each of these common cat dandruff culprits in more detail to help you determine if your cat is over-grooming, under-grooming, needs a little extra nutrition, or something else is going on.
So if your cat has dandruff there are a wide variety of different things you might need to do to prevent it from happening in the future. But in the meantime what should you do for your cat’s dandruff immediately? Well there are actually a few things you can do. Start by turning the humidity up in your house, particularly near the rooms your cat likes to spend time in. You can also make sure that they stay indoors, this is particularly important if you live in an overly hot, dry, or arid environment as the harsh conditions outside will just keep the skin dry and irritated. And finally it is a good idea to get some protective spray that you can use to protect and nourish the skin. This will help the skin that is irritated that is causing dandruff to become normal healthy skin again.
Cat dandruff is a fairly common problem that many cat owners encounter. And while there are a variety of basic things that can be causing it to occur, there are more serious problems that can be afoot. So any time you are in doubt, or are unsure about the health of your pet, be sure to talk to a medical provider as soon as you can. Because in such a scenario the worst thing that happens to you is that you discover that your cat only has dandruff, and doesn’t have a more serious health condition.
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