In this article, we will be taking a look at how you can treat cat dandruff with olive oil. Dandruff in cats is a common issue and in most cases, your cat will be totally fine if it goes untreated anyway. That said, a large number of cat owners seem to struggle to deal with the condition effectively.
We have noticed an upward trend in the number of people reaching out for tips on treating their cat’s dandruff issues using olive oil. Before going into the article any further, we would just like to say that although olive oil can help the condition, it can be a slow process.
Most cat owners will be better off using a commercially designed cat dandruff product that can often be cheaper than using olive oil while also much more effecting producing quicker results. Another quick and easy solution is to treat the problem at the cause and improve your cat’s diet. There are a number of high-quality delicious treats now on the market that have ingredients to specifically help quickly reduce dandruff occurring on your cat.
Treating Cat Dandruff With Olive Oil
Before attempting to treat your cat’s dandruff using olive oil you are going to need to check a few things:-
- If you already have olive oil in your home, make sure that it is still in date.
- Make sure that it is regular olive oil. Flavored oils such as ones with spices can actually make your cats condition worse by irritating the skin.
- If you are unsure you can try this high-quality olive oil.
Applying The Olive Oil To Your Cat
Warming the olive oil before applying it to your cat can help increase its efficiency. It increases the amount that will be able to seep into your cat’s skin as well as how easy it will attach to your cat’s fur. The amount of olive oil required to treat your cat will change depending on the size of your cat and its hair type, most people will be able to use half a cup of olive oil without issue. If you do choose to warm the olive oil, do not boil it! If it is too hot it can harm your cat when applied, simply warm it to a level where you can comfortably place your finger in it for an extended period of time.
Once warm, begin to cover your fingers in the olive oil and then massage it into your cat’s fur and skin. Take the time to pay particular attention to any areas of your cat where you have noticed a particular amount of dandruff as these may be dandruff prone spots.
Once you have applied the olive oil to your cat, leave it for fifteen to thirty minutes to seep and then wash it off. Some people will repeat this process each day to get results while others can do it once every three days. There are a number of variables that come into effect so trial and error is usually the best approach to take when using olive oil to treat dandruff in your cat.
What Makes Olive Oil Work For Treating Dandruff
Olive oil is jam-packed with a number of antioxidants that can help keep your cats skin in a healthy flake free condition. In addition to this, it has a large number of vitamin A and vitamin E as well as other essential nutrients to help keep fur as healthy as possible.
The monounsaturated fatty acids in the olive oil are able to help heal any damaged fur as well as sooth any inflammation on your cat’s skin that can sometimes lead to excessive itching by your cat. Eventually, these areas if itched enough by your cat can end up being a dandruff prone area on your cat so stopping this as early as possible can help prevent or reduce dandruff in your cat.
These combined together help to reduce the risks of your cat suffering from dandruff. That said, if your cat is not getting enough essential omega fatty acids in its diet then there is a high chance no matter what you try that your cat will suffer from dandruff in some way.