How to Deal With Cat Dandruff
"Many diseases show up first in the skin," says Dr. Jean Hofve, a holistic veterinarian and author of "The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care." "It's impossible to diagnose skin disease just by looking at it."
A veterinarian can analyze a cat's skin cells under a microscope and perform blood tests or biopsies to narrow down the cause of the dandruff.
"What we generally think of as dandruff is usually nutrition related. It is most common in overweight cats, and in cats eating mostly or only dry food," says Hofve. Therefore, says Dr. Hofve, dry kibble should be reduced or eliminated. Kibble is low in moisture and will dehydrate cats and, in turn, their skin.
"Canned, raw, and homemade foods are more likely to contain higher-quality ingredients, and therefore better quality and fresher fats," said Hofve, who also recommends looking for cat food labeled "all life stages" for higher protein and less carbohydrates.