Cat Dandruff

One of the things all mammals have in common is hair.  And where there's hair, there's bound to be dandruff, right?  Carol C. writes:

My very large black cat has what appears to be dandruff on his back. Is there anything I can do to get rid of it?

Carol, while there are certainly medical conditions such as skin parasites and fungal infections that can cause flaky skin, most cat dandruff really isn't a problem.  But if the condition has come on all of a sudden, it's worth a visit to your veterinarian to rule out serious medical issues.

If your cat has run-of-the-mill dandruff, there's not much you can do about it.  Oh, there are companies who will try to sell you treatments, and some of those enlist trusted partners to try and convince you that they will work.  They have YouTube videos and lots of testimonials.  However, in our experience, nothing is truly effective against the flakes regardless of all the miraculous claims out there.

We would even say that the dandruff treatments are often worse than the dandruff.  If the dandruff doesn't trouble your cat, why put him through the torment of a special bath or a change of diet?  You're better off giving him a daily brushing to remove the excess and leaving him to enjoy his life, flakes and all.