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Cat has dandruff?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
My 4 year old cat has some white things that look like dandruff on his hair. I didn't know that cats can have dandruff. Is this a medical condition?
He also has "wound" just below each ear, that look like dried blood. Maybe he scratched himself too hard and broke his own skin?
post #2 of 10
what are you feeding??

Is this the first time you have seen this??

The wounds need to be looked at by a vet ... likely kitty has very dry itchy skin
post #3 of 10
Is he black? Black cats almost always have dandruff.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
He's black and white, and this is the first time I have notice the dandruff, although the wounds below the ear has been around for a while. It is neither getting worse or better. He also sheds large amount of hair.
I used to feed Natural Balance but now feed him Iams. When the remaining Iams runs out, I intend to use Natural Balance again.
post #5 of 10
NB has far more fatty acid s and that helps keep skin smooth and fairly dandruff free
post #6 of 10
i've been following this thread because Pixel's dandruff has gotten noticeably worse over the past week or so... she has an 'itchy' patch on her back right at the base of her tail - she makes little 'biting' movements when i scratch or comb her there.
she eats RC special 33 [kibble only cat]. won't eat it if i put salmon oil on it, either.
looking for suggestions... if it doesn't clear up soon, we're headed to the vet!
post #7 of 10
Plar, does your cat have any signs of ear mites, like brown yucky stuff in her ears?
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
i've been following this thread because Pixel's dandruff has gotten noticeably worse over the past week or so... she has an 'itchy' patch on her back right at the base of her tail - she makes little 'biting' movements when i scratch or comb her there.
she eats RC special 33 [kibble only cat]. won't eat it if i put salmon oil on it, either.
looking for suggestions... if it doesn't clear up soon, we're headed to the vet!
Is Pixel willing to eat some wet food?? olive oil??
post #9 of 10
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Is Pixel willing to eat some wet food?? olive oil??
nope... i've not had any success with getting her to eat anything but kibble. that's one of the reasons i'm so picky about kibble - i've tried the grain-frees - nobody liked them!
i could try the 'sensitive skin' version of RC... but the hairball prone ones seem to be doing well on the one i'm feeding, so i'm hesitant to change...
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Plar, does your cat have any signs of ear mites, like brown yucky stuff in her ears?
I haven't checked his ear, but during a vet visit 2-3 months ago no ear mite was found. However, my other cat has ear mite and is undergoing treatment. Is ear mite contagious? How can this be due to ear mites?
Thanks.
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