Any cat owner wants their cat to be as healthy as possible, and part of their health is their outward appearance. If they’re overweight or too skinny, their coat is dull, or their skin is dry, we can tell if they might not be as healthy as we want them to be. Outward signs of a health problem are the easiest ones to spot, so we can get on top of them and turn things around to make them healthier. If you want to keep your cat’s coat and skin in good health, there are some things you should do to care for them. As well as making sure they get the right diet, you need to protect them from parasites and be careful with bathing them.
Your cat’s nutrition plays a significant role in how healthy her coat is. The vitamins, minerals, protein and fat that they receive from their food helps to keep their skin and coat healthy and shiny. They need quality protein for their fur and fatty acids for their skin and hair. Some of the vitamins they need includes vitamin A and E, and they also need minerals like zinc and copper. Changes in your kitty’s fur may be natural, for example if they’re getting older, pregnant or nursing. But you also need to ensure they’re getting the right diet. If you’re unsure that you’re feeding them correctly, you can ask your vet for advice.
Another side of your cat’s coat is how much they’re eating. An overweight cat may be unable to clean herself as well as she should be able to. If you notice your cat is getting a bit chubby, it may be time to adjust her diet. If you have more than one cat, it’s better to feed them separately so you can make sure they all get what they need.
Flea and Worm Treatments
One thing that’s not good for your cat’s skin and fur is parasites, such as fleas and ear mites. If your cat is an outdoor kitty, it’s important that you protect her from fleas with regular treatments. Some owners choose to use flea collars while others use spot-on treatments like those available from www.petfleas.co.uk. You can also ask your vet about an injection that stops fleas from breeding if your cat picks up an infestation. Spot-on treatments usually need to be repeated every month, while the injection lasts for 6. If you have a house cat, you probably don’t need to give them flea treatments as often. You can also help to keep ear mites away by cleaning your kitty’s ears regularly.
Some cat owners like to wash their furry friend in the bath to help keep them clean. But excessive bathing can have the opposite effect and give them a dull and bedraggled looking coat. You should avoid giving her a bath too often. Most vets recommend only bathing your cat when their fur is particularly dirty, but to otherwise leave the cleaning to them.
Keep your cat’s fur full and shiny with these simple tips. But if you’re worried about changes in her coat, visit your vet for advice.