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post #1 of 14
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My cat has dandruff. Vet says it's not anything serious, but if I wanted to get rid of it I could put some fish oil on her food. I typically feed her chicken food (Nutro Chicken- thanks Sharkey!) Would it help if I gave her a can of wet fish food once or twice a week instead of fish oil? I know she probably wants her to get more Omega-3, which is in fish and fish oil.
post #2 of 14
fish oil supplement s are great ... are you feeding dry or wet???
post #3 of 14
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I'm feeding a mix of wet and dry. They have free choice dry during the day and get half a can of wet at night... but I always feed the same wet flavor, just because it's just chicken, and I'm not big on the idea of liver (ew, toxins) and fish makes my apartment smell, as my roommate put it, the seafood department at Kroger. However, I'd feed them a couple cans of fish if it would help. The dandruff isn't really bad, and I'm not too concerned about it, but it also seems very easy to remedy, so why not?
post #4 of 14
wildside salmon is a economical supplement that most cats like
post #5 of 14
I have same problem with my cat
would be ok to hide a jeely capsule of omega 3 in there
Its 1000mg and its smells like fish and everything
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by raju View Post
I have same problem with my cat
would be ok to hide a jeely capsule of omega 3 in there
Its 1000mg and its smells like fish and everything
should be ... i avoid capsules cause I cant pucture them and get the stuff out
post #7 of 14
Well i gace it to him and it was fun
he had some fun knawing it but
I dont understand how they like the taste of it uhhh
It taste really nasty and everything
post #8 of 14
I'd be afraid to give my cat a 1000mg gel cap of fish oil. The dosage is too high, (they should get 500mg once per day), and the gel cap is too big. If the cat tries to swallow the cap, it could become lodged in the throat and choke him.

Use a needle or pin that's been cleaned with alcohol to puncture the cap at one end and squeeze 1/2 the contents (if using a 1000mg gel cap) into some wet food and mix in.

BTW, don't use cod liver oil - make sure it's fish body oil; salmon oil is the best.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by KTLynn View Post
I'd be afraid to give my cat a 1000mg gel cap of fish oil. The dosage is too high, (they should get 500mg once per day), and the gel cap is too big. If the cat tries to swallow the cap, it could become lodged in the throat and choke him.

Use a needle or pin that's been cleaned with alcohol to puncture the cap at one end and squeeze 1/2 the contents (if using a 1000mg gel cap) into some wet food and mix in.

BTW, don't use cod liver oil - make sure it's fish body oil; salmon oil is the best.
why not cod liver oil???
post #10 of 14
Because it's very high in Vitamin A and too much is toxic.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by luxum View Post
Because it's very high in Vitamin A and too much is toxic.
I used to avoid it for that reason ... till i talked with my vet .... she explained dosed properly there is little to no risk ...
post #12 of 14
I second Sharky's recommendation; my vet also explained that unflavored cod liver oil is safe if used in low doses. My crew has been on it for years with only positive results.
post #13 of 14
I don't trust the word of vets on nutrition issues at this point, no offense about your vets intended. My cat food contains a Vitamin A supplement (doesn't say exactly how much), and personally, i'd want to know exactly how much was in the food, and what the feline tolerable upper limit is before adding more to the diet. Do you know of a source for that info? May i ask what dosing your vet recommended?
post #14 of 14
wild salmon oil is the best to supplement with. vitamin A is definitely toxic even to humans in unnatural doses...why tempt fate? if a cat finds a bunch of cod in the wild it will not just eat the livers of all of them it will venture to eat the whole thing. the concentrations of just the liver oil is unnatural...go salmon oil...100% PURE no additives...wild.
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