Cat Nutrition for a Healthy Coat
WebMD discusses the factors that contribute to a healthy coat for your cat, including nutrition, age, weight, and bathing.
By Wendy C. Fries
Reviewed by Katherine Snyder, DVM
A cat's shiny coat is an amazing thing. It's undeniably beautiful, a delight to touch, and supremely functional. There can be as many as 130,000 hairs per square inch in a cat's coat. And these hairs do many things:
But, as meticulous as cats are in caring for this treasure, once in a while a kitty's coat can lose its shine. To find out what's behind a cat's blah coat -- and what you can do about it -- WebMD talked to cat nutritionists and veterinarians about cause and effect, and collected tips on what you can do to care for your cat's coat.
Cat Coat Care: Why Isn't Your Cat's Coat Shiny?
Lots of things can cause kitty's coat to be dull, or its skin to be dry and flaky. A few of the most common causes include:
These are just a few of the reasons your feline may have dry skin or a dull coat. Diabetes, parasites, skin infections, allergies, autoimmune diseases, dry winter air, or more serious issues can also be responsible. To get behind the reason for your cat's skin or fur problems, it's important to have kitty checked out by a veterinarian.
- Allergic Skin Disorders
- Bacterial Skin Diseases
- Bites and Infestations
- Diseases of Pigment
- Fungal Skin Diseases
- Medical Anatomy and Illustrations
- Noncancerous, Precancerous & Cancerous Tumors
- Oral Health Conditions
- Papules, Scales, Plaques and Eruptions
- Scalp, Hair and Nails
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- Vascular, Lymphatic and Systemic Conditions
- Viral Skin Diseases
- Additional Skin Conditions