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One of the many things you love about your cat is its shiny, sleek fur. Nothing can be more frustrating to you (and your cat) than a bad fur day. Nutritional deficiencies, parasites, bacterial infection, fungal infection, and environmental allergens could create problems which range from dry and brittle hair to open wounds and even baldness. One thing good though: these are common problems and eminently treatable. Most of them can quickly recognize, treated, and ultimately resolved.
Either skin disease or diarrhea
Food is not the cause if a cat is being fed a nutritious diet and it can absorb what it is given to eat. In case the cat suffers from abnormal absorption or suffers from the gastrointestinal disease, or being fed unbalanced home cooked or “people food”, the problem will be exhibited as either diarrhea or skin disease- but not both. If the cause is an allergy, then an investigative work should be in the offing. It is hard to figure out whether the allergy is due to food, pollen, or drugs. There could be other sources as well.
A few cats could be genetically predisposed to allergic dermatitis which occurs as a result of environmental allergens. It is observed that pedigreed cats have a higher tendency of skin problems than the general population. Food hypersensitivity is fairly common. Dry cat food is contaminated by storage mites and dust mites. These usually pose no threats to health unless the kitty is allergic to such sources.
Regular treatment will reduce the intensity of the symptoms but it will not completely disappear. Consult your veterinarian to find the cause and if needed, the professional may further refer you to a specialist. The latter could be expensive but is a cheaper option in a longer space of time.
If the diet of your cat contains less fat, make it consume fatty acid supplements. A combination of omega-3 fatty acids commonly available in fish oils and omega-6 fatty acids available in many cereal grains acts as a low-level anti-inflammatory agent. It means the cat will scratch less. The fatty acids function as botanical aspirin.
An excessive amount of fatty acids can actually harm your kitty. It is an excellent idea to add Vitamin E supplements to the diet as well. This is especially suitable if the cat suffers from itchy skin. Do understand that results are not instantaneous. It may take a month to see the positive effects of a better and healthier diet.