Your sweet cat comes up to you, and curls up in your lap and you notice their cat is a bit lackluster. Actually, the more you pet them, the more you realize there is no luster. What could be the issue? Let’s explore a few issues that could be causing your cat’s fur to be less than show-ready, so you can improve a cat’s coat!
Garfield isn’t the epitome of cat health
Obesity isn’t just an American people problem, but also a problem with American’s cats, according to Pets WebMD. “As many as 57% of U.S. cats are estimated to be overweight or obese. When some cats get fat, they stop being able to reach their whole bodies for cleaning. This can lead to a dull, unkempt coat.” Unlike humans who can reach for the scrub, brush cats don’t have opposable thumbs, so they just have to use their tongues. Don’t leave your cat tongue-tied trying to clean themselves, make sure to give them the recommended amount of cat food so you are supporting a healthy coat and system.
Don’t take away the treats!
According to Dr. Wakshlag, a veterinarian, people often notice that their cat is having some issues and it might be due to weight. “The pet is overweight or obese, and the owner decides to try a low-fat diet. The cat then secretes less oil, and his coat becomes lackluster.” Dr. Wakshlag’s better solution: “Rather than switching to a diet containing only 5 to 10 percent fat, stay with a good quality food that contains above 12 per cent fat — just feed your pet less of it.” ]
Mr. Flufferkins can still enjoy his treats, and delicious food, just maybe don’t allow him to control the self-feeder. We think cat’s might only eat what they need, and some cats will, but if this is an issue for your cat, making sure that they have good cat food, and are eating the right amount can help keep them healthy and shiny. But not like the crab from Moana-shiny, just healthy coat shiny.
Check the Label
According to Petsmart, you want to check the label for a few different ingredients. These 7 are the most helpful in making sure your cat has a vibrant and rich coat: Copper, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Biotin, Zinc, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Many cat food brands have Skin & Coat varieties with an emphasis on these, although the majority of cat foods will have some, Skin & Coat foods make sure that there is an abundance of most of these seven ingredients.
Brush, Brush, Brush your cat, Gently all the time, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Life is but a dream.
Cats can have a variety of coats from a Sphynx, to a Persian, to a tabby cat you adopted that is only 2 but looks like he’s been through eight of his nine lives. Each cat is different, which means their coat will be different, whether it’s a long-haired cat or one with a short coat. Even the down hair, the fur that is the closest to their skin can vary, as Maine Coons have extremely dense coats. Brushing will help relieve your cat of all of their ‘fur maintenance’ and can help get rid of dead hairs and build up. If your cat is struggling with hairballs, check out our blog here to help!
Feeding your cat the best food on earth, won’t do much for their coat if they aren’t clean. Cats can ‘bathe’ themselves, but brushing them out will help stimulate their skin and improve your cat’s coat. Brushing also gives you time with your cat to cuddle and interact with, and a happier cat is a healthier cat. Finally, brushing your cat means more hair will be going in the trash can, and less being hacked up in a hair ball, or shed on your couch.
I’ve tried everything…but wait, there’s more!
If you’ve tried the above, and are making sure that your cat is eating healthy food, but still can’t put your finger on it, then it might be time to take your cat to the vet for a checkup! The VCA Hospital gives us this reminder, ” If you bathe or groom your cat and the skin or coat problem returns quickly, you should bring him or her to the veterinary clinic for an examination. Sometimes, skin problems such as a skin rash, itchiness, excessive dandruff, heavy shedding, a greasy coat, or an unpleasant skin odor can indicate a serious underlying problem.”
We love our cats and want them to be around as long as possible, you can support that by making sure they have regular checkups, eat healthy food, and by brushing and playing with them to make sure your cat is healthy and happy. We hope this helps you improve a cat’s coat in your life!