We all love petting a cat, but sometimes we feel weird little things under our fingers. Catherine Mège, veterinarian, explains…
Can the cat have dandruff?
According to the specialist, the cat may actually have dandruff. “It may be the case of an obese cat that has difficulty grooming itself and therefore eliminates dead skin by licking itself”.
However, the problem can come from elsewhere, in particular dry skin, poor diet, skin parasites… In fact, in any case, it is better to take advantage of a consultation to talk about it with the veterinarian who will make a diagnosis and propose a treatment. appropriate treatment.
Is he susceptible to lice?
From now on, cat, dog, guinea pig, dwarf rabbit… each domestic animal has its own lice, and it keeps them. “Rather rare in cats, these parasites sometimes colonize the fur of rue kittens.” However, there are fortunately effective medications.
Is it serious if the cat has greasy hair?
According to the veterinarian, greasy, dirty, dull or damaged hair is never normal in cats which, by nature, spontaneously maintain their coat.
“If he doesn’t or his grooming isn’t enough to maintain the shine of the coat, there’s a problem. If this is the case for your animal, know that you need to consult a veterinarian. he advises.
With age, does her dress tend to whiten?
In fact, hair bleaching is not systematic. Moreover, “It is often less visible than in dogs. An old cat may simply have a few white hairs scattered throughout its coat.” However, in black cats, the hair dulls, scorches with age, and darkens in Siamese.
Cat: Why is its fur dull and fuzzy?
According to the specialist “that something (obesity, osteoarthritis, depression…) prevents him from grooming normally”. Again, it is better to seek the advice of your veterinarian to understand the origin of the problem and treat it.
Cat: Can we prevent it from losing its hair?
Generally, all cats moult and lose hair. Even those who live in apartments! However, an animal that loses too much must be consulted. The problem may be itching and anxiety.
Is there a foolproof trick for spotting fleas?
A cat with fleas does not necessarily scratch, contrary to popular belief. “It is not these parasites that cause the itching but the allergy to their bites”.
But how to detect the tiny black dots in his fur? “By dabbing a damp handkerchief on your pet’s skin, emphasizing the back and head. If small red marks appear on the handkerchief, it is flea droppings! “.
How does he not swallow his hair while washing?
Your cat necessarily swallows it! If he is in good health and everything is fine, he will pass them in his stool or by vomiting from time to time. But if the cat swallows too much or vomits every day… there is a problem. Maybe even a risk of bowel obstruction.
In prevention, “just brush it more often, and gently so as not to annoy it”. If the problem persists, your veterinarian may prescribe a special food that promotes the passage of hairballs through the intestines.