Cat Nutrition for a Healthy Coat
Learn the factors that contribute to a healthy coat for your cat, including nutrition, age, weight, and bathing.
Deal With Overweight and Obesity for a Healthier Cat and Coat
Does your feline friend have dandruff down the center of its back or around
the base of its tail? That could be a sign that kitty can’t reach these spots
because he or she is overweight or obese.
Being heavy doesn’t just lead to a less flexible feline. Extra weight also
puts your cat at risk for many of the same chronic health problems as an
overweight human, including high
blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, and
obesity is behind your cat’s dull coat, the first thing you need to do is
address the problem, Plotnick says. Start with a visit to the vet, who can
create a healthy, lower-calorie diet for your cat.
It’s important that you don’t undertake this alone. Your vet can calculate
the right amount of calories your cat should eat per day and recommend a proper
weight loss diet.
Cats need to lose weight slowly and carefully. A too-rapid weight loss in an
overweight cat can lead to a serious liver disease called hepatic lipidosis. It
took kitty time to put that weight on; it’s going to take time to get it
Help an Older Cat to Clean Its Coat
Your cat may be as sleek as an otter and have a great diet. But if a cat is
too old to clean properly, the result may be a dull coat or dry skin.
In that case, a shiny coat for your cat is literally in your hands. Brushing
cat more often can be kitty’s ticket back to a soft, luxurious coat. The
American Animal Hospital Association suggests using a fine-toothed comb, one
that can dig down a bit and catch the dull, dead hairs a brush may not
You can also try boosting the omega-3s in your elder cat’s diet, if your vet
approves. Be sure to add it to kitty’s food, not directly to her fur. “Treat
your cat’s dry skin and coat from the inside, not the outside,” Plotnick