Know to be meticulous groomers, cats have their own way of maintaining their shiny, silky, and healthy looking coat. There are some instances, however, where you might have noticed that your cat is slowly losing the shine of her fur. It might be because of an underlying health condition, or an inappropriate diet. Whatever the reasons are, pet parents like you should take steps in ensuring that your four-legged fur friend is healthy not just on the outside, but on the inside as well.
You should understand that a dull coat is more than just an aesthetic issue. Dullness of the fur may be a manifestation of these underlying conditions:
Hair dullness, accompanied with alopecia and lumps in the skin can be a sign that your critter is suffering from a health condition. Visit a veterinarian to determine what causes her skin disease. For conditions caused by fleas, ticks, and mites, your veterinarian may suggest different natural and non-natural ways of getting rid of the bugs.
For severe skin diseases caused by infectious agents, such as virus, bacteria and fungi, your veterinarian may prescribe topical and oral treatments to deal with the skin condition. After treating the skin ailment, your fur friend’s coat should be back to its shiny, healthy look.
Your cat’s skin is nothing but a reflection of how healthy she is. If you think that your cat’s coat lacks the shine, chances are she is not getting the adequate nutrition that she needs in order to be healthy inside and out. A cat’s lack of lustre might be an indication that her diet lacks omega-3, a type of fatty acid found mostly in oily fishes, such as salmon and tuna.
To ensure your cat is getting the nutrition she needs, check if her food contains ingredient that are low in proteins, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats. If so, consider switching to a healthier, higher quality cat food.
But if you feel that you are already providing cat food with highest quality, it might be that your cat needs to have another type of premium cat food with different ingredients. Remember, not all cat foods share the same ingredients, and so some products may not be as effective as the other.
We all know that obesity in cats pose severe health risks that may significantly affect her quality of life, such as heart disease, osteoarthritis, hypertension, and cancer. But did you know that a plus-size cat may have more difficult time grooming hard to reach spots of her body, such as the base area around her tail and the middle portion of her back. These areas may then lack luster because of accumulated dirt, dandruff, and matt.
Because obesity can cause serious harm to your fur friend, it is best to visit a veterinarian to know a wide range of options available in addressing your cat’s weight issues. A veterinarian will be able to evaluate carefully the amount of nutrients needed by your cat’s body, and will be able to come up with a weight loss diet plan tailor-fitted just for your pet. Never attempt to make her lose weight abruptly by dramatically decreasing her calorie intake, as it may lead to more serious health conditions.
Playing with your cat more often may also increase her physical activity, thus allowing her to utilize unused energy and prevent it from turning into extra weight. Exercise toys and equipment can also be used to keep cats busy and physically active during their play period, allowing them to exercise more.
Older cats have greater difficulties grooming their coats. As such, they literally need the helping hand of their pet parents to assist them in grooming. There are cat combs and brushes available to help your cat get rid of any loose hair and dirt lodged in her fur. Just always be sure to gently brush in the direction where the cat’s fur flows naturally to avoid harming your pet.
Too much bathing
There are times, however, when cat owners tend to overdo their roles as pet parents by excessively grooming their pet’s coat. Remember that cats are natural groomers. Healthy and able cats usually need little to no help when it comes to keeping their hair healthy and shiny.
It is highly advised to bathe your cat only when there is thick dirt on her coat that could be difficult or nearly impossible for her to clean. If you are bathing your cat more often to save yourself from allergy, try cleaning the house instead, as it was found to be a more effective way in dealing with dander allergies than directly bathing your cat. If you are bathing your cat too much because of fleas, try the different natural and synthetic ways of getting rid of them.
Your cat’s coat is an indication of how healthy she is on the inside. By ensuring that your buddy’s coat is as silky and shiny as it can possibly be, you can be confident that your cat is getting the best nutrition and care a pet parent like you can give.