Keep Your Cat’s Coat Healthy

Why Isn’t Your Cat’s Coat Shiny?

Wondering why your cat’s coat isn’t as shiny as it used to be? There can be many factors that contribute to a dull coat, many of which are easily manageable with a few changes to your cat’s lifestyle. Here’s a look at a few reasons your cat’s coat might be getting a little dull and what you can do about it. cat-staring-at-a-bug_GkCKdUu_

Lots of things can cause kitty’s coat to be dull, or its skin to be dry and flaky. A few of the most common causes include:

  • Poor nutrition. For healthy hair, skin, and body, your cat needs a diet with a good balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, just like you do. And also just like you, if your cat eats nothing but poor quality food that is more difficult to digest, kitty may end up short on vital minerals and vitamins.
  • Weight problems. As many as 57% of U.S. cats are estimated to be overweight or obese. When some cats get fat, they stop being able to reach their whole bodies for cleaning. This can lead to a dull, unkempt coat.
  • Age. When cats get old they can become less flexible or arthritic. Then they just can’t twist and turn the way they used to, says Arnold Plotnick, MS, DVM, a veterinary internist and feline specialist in New York. So, age or pain could leave your normally fussy feline with a dull, bedraggled coat.
  • Bathing too often. In an effort to control dander or foil fleas, some people bathe their cat. Bathe kitty too much and you could be the cause of kitty’s bedraggled coat.

These are just a few of the reasons your feline may have dry skin or a dull coat. Diabetes, parasites, skin infections, allergies, autoimmune diseases, dry winter air, or more serious issues can also be responsible. To get behind the reason for your cat’s skin or fur problems, it’s important to have kitty checked out by a veterinarian.

– via WebMD

Healthy Coat and Skin

Taking proper care of your cat’s coat and skin is an important part of keeping your feline friend happy and healthy. It’s also helpful for you as it can keep cat hair around your house to a minimum and help decrease dander-related allergens. Here’s a look at how to care for your cat’s coat — whether she’s a short hair or a long-hair.

Before brushing, check out the condition of your kitty’s coat. If it’s healthy, her hair will have a natural gloss and spring back under your hand when you touch it. There shouldn’t be any bald patches or signs of fleas and ticks, and her skin should be free of wounds and unusual bumps.cat-care-brushing-skin-care-101.jpg

Brushing Short-Haired Cats

With a metal comb, work the brush through your cat’s fur from head to tail to remove dirt and debris. Make sure to work along the lie of her fur, brushing in the direction the coat grows.

If you brush in the reverse direction, you’ll lift the hair up and back—an uncomfortable feeling for kitty.

Brush all over her body, including her chest and abdomen, concentrating on one section at a time to remove dead hair and tangles. A rubber brush can be especially effective for removing dead hair on cats with short fur.

Brushing Long-Haired Cats

Long-haired cats who live out in the wild shed every spring, but those who live indoors with artificial light and heating shed throughout the year and need grooming sessions every few days to remove dead hair and prevent tangles.

Start with kitty’s abdomen and legs, gently combing the fur upward toward her head. Comb the neck fur upward, too, toward her chin. Finally, make a part down the middle of her tail and gently brush out the fur on either side.

You can sprinkle talcum powder over knots and gently use your fingers to tease them apart. If the knots don’t come out by hand, try using a mat-splitter.

– via ASPCA

Do you groom your cat’s coat regularly? Do you have a favorite tool you prefer?

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