What to Do if Your Cat’s Coat Looks Dull

Many cat owners report their cat’s fur becoming dull over time. Since medical issues could be to blame, it’s important to act quickly. Here, a Walnut vet tells you what to do if you notice your cat’s coat looking a little less shiny than usual.

Visit the Veterinarian

Step number one: set up an appointment with your veterinarian’s office right away. You’ll want to have your cat checked out as soon as possible. If allergies, infections, or other disorders are ruled out, you can move on to other causes of your cat’s coat deficiency.

Check the Diet

Perhaps the most common cause of dull coats in cats is poor diet. Your cat’s fur and skin needs the right amounts of vitamins, minerals, carbs, proteins, and essential fats to remain healthy and shiny. If the amounts get out of balance, dry skin and dull fur will result. Ask your vet if your cat’s current diet is giving her the nutrition she needs. If it’s not, you’ll have start your pet on a new food—ask your veterinarian for a recommendation.

Assist with Grooming

Some cats need some help with grooming, whether it’s because of weight, injury, old age, or a disease like arthritis that makes it difficult to reach certain areas. Give your cat a hand; brush her regularly with a good-quality cat brush. This removes mats and tangles in the fur and spreads essential skin oils through the coat, keeping it healthy and shiny.

Don’t Bathe too Much

While grooming is a great way to improve your cat’s coat quality, don’t overdo bathing. If you bathe your cat too regularly, it will actually backfire and dry out the skin. When the essential skin oils are removed, the fur becomes dry and dull. Most cats probably only need a bath every couple of months at the most. Be sure you’re using a cat-specific shampoo, as human shampoo will be too harsh on your cat’s sensitive skin.

Ask your Walnut veterinarian if you have any questions about your cat’s coat or overall appearance. Don’t forget to get a recommendation on good brushing products, healthy diet options, and grooming procedures!

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