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I already posted a thread about Popsie having dandriff but yesterday I gave him a bath with that waterless shampoo to see if it would help. Today it seems like his dandriff is worse than what it was so I'm guessing that waterless bath junk is drying out his skin. I don't dare give him a bath with water cuz he wasn't raised taking baths and I don't want to get tore up. Is there any advice on how to quickly mosturize his skin other than changing diet or givng him oil? I'm already giving him oil but I'm definately not using that bath crud anymore.
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Originally Posted by luvmycat1 View Post
I already posted a thread about Popsie having dandriff but yesterday I gave him a bath with that waterless shampoo to see if it would help. Today it seems like his dandriff is worse than what it was so I'm guessing that waterless bath junk is drying out his skin. I don't dare give him a bath with water cuz he wasn't raised taking baths and I don't want to get tore up. Is there any advice on how to quickly mosturize his skin other than changing diet or givng him oil? I'm already giving him oil but I'm definately not using that bath crud anymore.
Well, I'm no authority on the subject, as I always trust my Nine to self-clean, and they do an excellent job; I don't think the dry shampoos are good for much, especially on cats with dry skin. An oatmeal-based shampoo would probably be soothing, but if you don't want to use a wet shampoo, sorry, I can't be of any help except to suggest brushing and flea-combing him until all the dry shampoo is out of his coat (this will take several sessions, probably) and then, making sure you feed him high-quality food only, and make sure he has plenty of fresh, clean water available at all times. Time will probably be the healer here. Some cats, though, just tend toward having a little dry skin, just like some humans.
post #3 of 11
WHat type of oil and how much and how long... it takes about 2-3 weeks for ANYTHING to start working
post #4 of 11
My sister's kitty had horrible dandruff before I took it upon myself to start brushing her regularly. (A few times a week until I got most the loose fur off, now I just do it every couple of weeks when she hops into my lap.)
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WHat type of oil and how much and how long... it takes about 2-3 weeks for ANYTHING to start working
1/4 of extra virgin olive oil every other day. Just started a couple days ago. I know it won't work that quick. I was just wondering if there was a quick fix. I brushed him a lot today and that helped.
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WHat type of oil and how much and how long... it takes about 2-3 weeks for ANYTHING to start working
Linatone and Gold Caps are two readily-available supplements for skin and coat health; try http://www.DrsFosterSmith.com for these and other possibilities.
post #7 of 11
The olive oil sounds good; it would also be helpful to give him a little fish oil. Maybe alternate the two? Brewer's yeast is good for the skin and coat, too. Some cats love it and will eat a tablet like a treat, or a little powder sprinkled on the food. I used to have a cat with dandruff, and these things helped some, but didn't completely eliminate it.

Daily brushing is the closest thing to a "quick fix" I can think of. Supplements will help more in the long term, but it takes a few weeks to start seeing results.
post #8 of 11
Is your cat overwieght and have a problem grooming?? Is the dandruff area bad around the base of the tail?? When you stratch that area does your cat lick its front paws?? The reason I'm asking is one of mine has and does this and she actually has some sort of condition (long name from vet).
Anyhow brush your cat and your my need a certain shampoo from vet and frequent baths (2x/week!!)
post #9 of 11
I have a tuxedo cat too... and he has some dandruff too. I wonder if it's something specific to that type of cat?
post #10 of 11
NO it is not specific to a kind of cat .. YES it can be more noticeable on Dark cat s since dandruff is WHITE
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I have a tuxedo cat too... and he has some dandruff too. I wonder if it's something specific to that type of cat?
Unfortunately, dander knows no boundaries and it can affect any type or coloration of cat, human, etc.
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