Cat Care 101: How To Maintain Good Fur Health

The appearance of a cat’s fur can be a sign of its state of health. For instance, dull and limp furs signal a less healthy cat, while a smooth and shiny fur means a cat is generally healthy. With such indicative roles, cat owners need to ensure that they maintain good fur health in their cats. Beyond the state of health, no one wants a cat with a lackluster coat.



Here are some ways to maintain good fur health:

1. Take Note of Bad Health Symptoms in Your Cat

A generally poor state of health is enough to affect the condition of a cat’s fur. Health problems
that affect cat furs can either be internal or external. Some of the common health problems that
can affect your cat’s fur are cat fleas, mange, mites, ticks, hormonal imbalances, allergies, and
obesity.

An observant owner can easily detect many of the illnesses that affect their cat’s fur. Taking your
cat for quick medical attention whenever you notice any of such illnesses can help control the
effect of such illnesses.

2. Groom Your Cat Regularly

Cats are well known for personal grooming. They perform their grooming with their tongues. However, personal grooming opens up the possibility of your cat swallowing their hairs, resulting in hairballs. So, while you cannot stop cats from personal grooming, you can reduce the risks associated with it by grooming your cat often. Regular hair brushing and combing can help pets reduce excessive shedding, loose hairs, knots, tangles, and get rid of dirt.

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3. Give Your Cat A Proper Bath

Due to their knack for personal grooming, cats don’t often need a bath. However, sometimes, it’s
inevitable due to various factors, such as a dirty coat, age, and skin infections. At such times,
when there’s a need to bath your cat, it’s best to give them a suitable one based on the current
condition of their fur.

A cat’s fur can either be oily or dry. For cat baths, there are both oil replenishing and oil reducing
bath lotions. Based on your observation of its fur’s state, you can proceed to administer the right
bath. Before doing such administrations, it’s important to consult an expert first.

4. Feed Your Cat A Good Diet

To produce and naturally maintain good fur, cats require a proper diet. A cat’s diet is expected to contain substantial amounts of protein, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, fats, and water. Based on the fact that about 95% of hair is protein, cats particularly need more protein in their food to
produce a healthy skin coat.

To achieve the best results, cat owners can switch from generic feeding to premium feeding. Supplements containing fatty and amino acids can also be added to your cat’s meals. However, always ensure to consult with your veterinarian for your cat feeding and supplement.

5. Take Note Of Your Cat’s Allergies

Some cats react to certain environmental conditions and foods. Such reactions are often evidenced in skin outbreaks, excessive shedding, and dull looks on the hair coat. To maintain the cat’s skin health, owners should be observant of such reactions in their cats.

The knowledge of your cat’s allergies will inform the kind of food you feed them and the type of weather you’ll allow them to be exposed to. Cat allergens also include pollen grains and specific grass plants. You can also protect cats by ensuring they sleep in clean spaces.

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6. Visit the Vet for the Final Decision on Most of These Steps

Without the input of your veterinarian, striving to maintain good fur health may be difficult to
achieve. To get the input of a vet, you can either put a call through or physically visit. During these
consultations, you can find a lot of information that covers most of what has been discussed
above.

Here are some benefits of visiting the vet to maintain good fur health for your cat:

1. A full diagnosis of your cat’s state of health.
2. Professional advice on the best ways to feed your cat.
3. Advice on how to prevent your cat from allergies.
4. The right bathing and grooming information.

Takeaway

Cat owners spend more time with their pets more than any other person. Thus, cat owners must
take steps to maintain good fur health in their cats. In the event of visible defects to the cat’s fur,
steps must be made quickly to avoid further damage. Also, occasional visits to the vet can help
the pet owner ensure the health status of their pet.

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