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My new little girl kitty, has some dandruff. Poor wee thing....<br><br>
Anyhoo, I know a good diet will help, she's on "Mc"Iams (what she was on at HS) and I'll be weaning her off that and onto Wysong and some raw like my boycats. Until that time, is there anything I can do for it?<br>
I have NO experience with dandruff, humans or cats.<br><br>
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Is she excessively scratching or anything? Often it can just be a little dry skin, especially if it is very dry (which if you have the heat on it usually is). You could try adding some fatty acids to the diet (essential oils, that sort of thing). Dander is a little bit more noticable on a black kitty.
 

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She doesnt seem to be scratching at all. I didnt notice it at all on sunday when she was at the shelter (but then again, I couldve been too busy falling in love <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">). I dont remember seeing alot of it on monday nite when we picked her up, either.<br>
It is dry in my house though, I'll be sure to get the humidifier going right away. What fatty acids? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
Would a bath help at all? Or brushing? Would the stress of moving to a new home flare things up or am I misunderstanding dandruff completely? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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I've heard people mention adding fish oils/flax oils to their cats food. A lot of people would suggest too switching to a high quality diet as well. I think though, with the weather and dryness you just might see more dander. Brushing her with a soft brush (she's a shorthair, right?) can help distribute the oils in her coat more. I actually (until getting my recent cat who is blue) had white persians only for the longest time...so I never saw the dander. I KNOW it was there, but it blended in LOL. Now that I have a blue I do notice some flakes. She's a retired showcat and is used to bathing. Though, I honestly don't worry about it really. I think if you watch her...if she doesn't seem very itchy (not scratching) and you don't see any scaly areas/missing hair then you're probably fine. You could ask the vet about a good shampoo as well, I've heard GREAT things about Eqyss MicroTek shampoo/sprays...if your kitty gets hot spots that stuff works wonders. Though, I used to show, so back then we were always doing things to prevent the kitty from getting stuff that the "other people" had...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> .
 

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Doh! Why didnt I check my email before I went to the vet this am! (we had her tested for FIV/FELV) I couldve asked him about a shampoo!<br><br>
She's not scratchy or do I see any patches on her. Her underside (belly) is soooo soft and theres no dandruff there. I think you're right about just being able to see it better on her since she's solid black. But I'm still planning on getting a brush for all my kitties - just to pamper a wee bit more. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
We are switching her to a better diet. It pained me to buy the Iams for her. Slowly but surely though, we'll get there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Thank you for the help!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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