As every cat loving owner knows, cats are meticulous about their grooming. However, sometimes cats develop dandruff due to an inability to groom themselves properly or from a variety of reasons such as, overweight, low humidity, sitting on heat radiators, soap residues, vitamin deficiency, hormones, allergies, fleas, ticks, mites, bacterial or fungal infections, malnutrition, or more serious issues such as diabetes or cutaneous lymphoma.
If you notice dandruff on your cat, the first response should be to groom your cat or perhaps even bath him/her. If the problem persists and you see changes in behavior such as losing hair, vomiting or a change in water consumption or litter box use, then a visit to the vet might be the best option to make sure there are no underlying conditions causing the dandruff.
Treatments might include a good flea control; however, skin infections need to be treated with topical or systemic antibiotics or anti-fungals.
But don’t worry. Usually, dandruff problems are the result of a minor condition as simple as dry skin which can be resolved with a fatty acid supplement such as omega-3.