Cat furs come in all kinds of colors and patterns and the differences are endless. Healthy coats, however, have one thing in common. They shine and look smooth. That is why you often see by the coat whether a cat is healthy. Is the coat rough or matte? Then there may be something wrong with your cat. A dull coat can have various causes.
In this blog you will read 7.
The harmless cause of a matte coat is shedding.
Every year your cat gets an extra thick coat in the winter, which she sheds again in the summer. During the moult, old hairs sometimes remain in the coat. This makes it appear duller than usual. So if your cat has a duller coat during the moult, you don't have to worry. You can help your cat get rid of the excess hair by brushing the coat. Do this in moderation, because brushing too much can actually lead to extra hair loss.
Moving house or other changes in your cat's life can lead to stress.
Many cats express their stress in a different washing pattern. One cat will wash less and get a dull or greasy coat. The other washes extra, resulting in hair loss and sometimes even bald spots. If you think your cat is under stress, it's good to deal with it quickly.
In theory, cat food in the Netherlands contains everything your cat needs.
However, the nutritional needs of each cat differ enormously. A kitten needs very different nutrients than a senior. A cat that does not get enough vitamins, minerals and trace elements often suffers from a matted coat or flakes on the skin. Switching to a better quality food that matches your cat's age or medical needs will allow the coat to recover.
Too much food can also lead to a dull coat.
Overweight cats are often unable to wash their entire body. In the places where they cannot arise, first dull and greasy hairs, which can grow into tangles and felt spots. Good food in the right amount will help your cat reach a healthy weight.
Inflammations in the mouth or dental problems make washing painful for a cat.
A dull coat can therefore be an indication that something is wrong with the teeth. Do you notice that your cat also has difficulty eating or has bad breath? Then there is enough reason to pay a visit to the vet.
Defects appear with age.
A senior prefers to sleep all day, but if all goes well, a wash is also high on the priority list. If you notice that your housemate is getting a dull coat in certain places at age, this may indicate osteoarthritis or joint problems. Try to help your cat by combing or brushing the areas she can't reach on her own and then petting it with a damp microfiber cloth.
An allergy, kidney failure, or other conditions can all lead to a matted coat in your cat.
Can't figure out why your cat's normally-so-shiny pack of hair is now looking dull? Always pay a visit to the vet. He or she will investigate whether there is a medical condition and can prescribe medicines to make your cat healthy again.
Good food is important for your cat's health.
and thus to maintain a shiny coat. All Fokker foods support the maintenance of an optimal condition of skin and coat in your cat.
The Cat Sensi-Fit has even been specially developed to prevent skin disorders and is gluten-free.
The Cat + Fresh Fish also supports a healthy coat and skin due to the presence of healthy fats.