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My Cat Who Has A Skin Problem.

  1. Lady Guinevere profile image61
    Lady Guinevereposted 3 years ago

    My Cat Who Has A Skin Problem.

    I have a cat that has dandruff and it builds up on him.  I have changed his food several times and it does no good.  Science Diet makes his fur really oily but it still does nothing for his skin condition.  Sometimes, like this morning, it has built up so bad that it is almost like a human baby's Cradle Cap.  Is there anything else that I can do to alleviate this condition besides brushing him? 


  2. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 3 years ago

    Take the cat to a vet. Mine suddenly had what felt like scabs, and she is an indoor cat. I took  her to the vet.  She scraped the skin, gave her some medication which was a battle to get into her, but I did manage to get a few doses. I believe she  gave me an ointment as well.  The skin cleared up.   My dog had been chewing her hind quarts and had what looked like a hot spot.  I took her to the vet who treated her for a bacterial infection of the skin, and the treatment worked.

    Our pets can have all kinds of skin issues from flea bite allergies, or some type of skin infection  and we think it is something else.

    1. Lady Guinevere profile image61
      Lady Guinevereposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      No fleas here.  I don't trust any vet around here. He has had the for a long time. I need natural OTC stuff, not another Vet bill.  Sorry if that is harsh but it is the truth.

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    pun82224posted 3 years ago

    You may find something on the internet. I want to say maybe if you apply some baking soda to his skin , allow it to set then brush off but I know I have read something some place I will keep looking.

  4. MizBejabbers profile image90
    MizBejabbersposted 3 years ago

    If you've tried hypoallergenic food and it didn't help, it must be something else. It could be fungal or he may be allergic to something in the house, like the carpet. Have you tried changing his shampoo. You didn't mention bathing the cat, but if you don't bathe him, perhaps you should. Dawn dishwashing liquid does wonders for our cats, even more so than the expensive pet shampoos. I recommend trying it.
    Years ago our last dog developed an odor that nearly ran us out of the house. The third vet we took him to diagnosed him as having a fungal skin condition and gave him an anti-fungal. Then she put him on a special diet for two months -- pinto beans and sweet potatoes. Believe it or not, he loved it. After that he ate a very expensive venison dog food. He died at age 13 1/2. His expected life span was 8-9 years.
    Good luck with your kitty, but I do recommend trying the Dawn.

    1. Lady Guinevere profile image61
      Lady Guinevereposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Bathing!? Haha!  I will give it a try though. Special food is out because we have 4 cats.  Giving Duke (dog that had Vertigo) chicken and rice and tried to give them some chicken too they would not eat it. I don't know why. Thx

    2. MizBejabbers profile image90
      MizBejabbersposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      If he hasn't grown up being bathed, he will throw a wall-eyed fit. Clip his claws first. Cat dander might be his problem, so try the Dawn and see if cleansing off the dander helps. Good luck!

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    Nicole Nichols-Smposted 3 years ago

    I recommend coconut oil, it will moisturize his skin and is non-toxic.You won't need a lot either. He will probably lick what isn't absorbed in his skin and that will help alleviate hairballs. I use it everyday as a facial moisturizer and it does not leave my skin feeling greasy at all.

    1. Lady Guinevere profile image61
      Lady Guinevereposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I did not see this comment on my notifications, but yes I will try that.

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    Minhal Jafarposted 3 years ago

    The key to getting rid of dandruff in cats is to soothe and moisturize the skin to prevent further flaking. Dietary supplements, as recommended by your veterinarian, can help keep your cat's skin healthy and dandruff free. Medicated shampoos containing soothing ingredients like aloe vera and natural oils can also help to get rid of dandruff. Another option is to increase the moisture content in the air of your home by setting up humidifiers to prevent your cat's skin from drying out.

  7. peachpurple profile image82
    peachpurpleposted 3 years ago

    have you taken your kitty to the vet? I think he needs medication and cream to ease off

    1. Lady Guinevere profile image61
      Lady Guinevereposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I found some cortizone spray in the cat isle at the pet store.  That works for the most part.  He just likes for me to scratch his back about once a week and that seems to help.

  8. LoisRyan13903 profile image82
    LoisRyan13903posted 2 years ago

    You can try putting baby oil on him rub it on your hands then massage it in his coat and make sure you are getting the skin.  If you do try to bath him, make sure you rinse all the soap out.  If you give your cat dry food you can add a teaspoon of olive oil in it so her gets the oil he needs.  And I hear adding an egg yolk helps as well.