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Fish oil for dandruff? Who uses it?

post #1 of 12
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Hey everyone,

So I searched the threads for dandruff, and what I came up with was using fish oil. Kismet gets fairly bad dandruff on and off. She is on wellness and orijens dry, she refuses to eat anything wet, and I've tried every wet food on the planet. *sigh* Our apartment is fairly dry, especially in the winter, even I get pretty dry skin, but Cello is on almost strictly wet and doesn't have the problem to the extent kismet does.

Many people posted using fish oil a couple times a week. I am considering trying pouring this on her dry food? Is this how people deliver it? Mix it in a bit a couple times a week?

Also is this something you buy in caplets? Or as an actual oil? Regular grocery store, health food store? etc.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated from us both!

post #2 of 12
look up Nordic naturals .. they make pet and human formulas

I have with success use this product
post #3 of 12
I buy capsules and pierce them with a needle. I add this to Zoe's food once every other day. No dandruff, and her coat is super soft. I don't buy a cat specific formula, I just picked this bottle up at Target.
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by FuzMugly View Post
I buy capsules and pierce them with a needle. I add this to Zoe's food once every other day. No dandruff, and her coat is super soft. I don't buy a cat specific formula, I just picked this bottle up at Target.
Thanks for this suggestion, I'm going to try it with my beast.
post #5 of 12
Hi, 12xalt!

You can purchase wild-caught Salmon Oil or Small Fish Oil from either local health club stores or online and drizzle 1000mg or so over the cat’s food up to two or three times a week. Buy capsules rather than liquid products, as the oil tends to break down fairly quickly once the container is opened. Stay away from cod liver oil – it can be high in Vitamin A and in conjunction with the foods already being offered, could push those levels too high – and non-animal-sourced oils such as flax and grape seed.

Alternatively, you can add a sardine a week to your cays' diet. Due to a variety of factors, including toxins and histamines, fish should should make up only a very small percentage of your cat’s diet, however, sardines are among the safest to feed. They are invariably wild-caught (often in a sustainable manner), grow to adult size quickly, live only six or seven years, and eat mostly plants, all of which limits their exposure to antibiotics, PCBs, mercury and other heavy metals and toxins. Plus, they are full of Omega 3 fatty acids, which can make them a valuable contribution to your cats' diet.
post #6 of 12
Kasey had dry fur and some dandruf from a poor diet and environment when I brought her home in May 2008.

The vet recommended giving her fish oil every three days.

I got some in a pump type container from the vet. She gets a couple drops on a suacer; she thinks it is quite a treat but she was used to eating a lot of things before I took her home.
post #7 of 12
FYI: Salmon oil is usually Rancid out of the capsule or the pump... Carefully research the oils... a good brand is now makeing sardine oil
post #8 of 12
We buy this fish oil from Amazon. The container says that it's for dogs, but it's not true - they simply label the large bottle as "dog" and the small bottle as "cat." The large bottle provides the best $/oz price.
post #9 of 12
I actually have some flax seed oil in my cupboard and wondered if it would be an okay substitute, good thing I decided it probably wouldn't work as well and put it back. I still need to pick up some fish oil.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by 12xalt View Post
I actually have some flax seed oil in my cupboard and wondered if it would be an okay substitute, good thing I decided it probably wouldn't work as well and put it back. I still need to pick up some fish oil.
Flax oil has to be converted by the cats system so no not as effective but still okay
post #11 of 12
So what is one to do if their cat is an expert at detecting any "additive" on their food, and never likes treats/pastes?
post #12 of 12
grizzly salmon oil
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