You might be wondering if your cat really needs a coat supplement and the truth is it is usually not necessary if they are being fed a balanced a complete diet. Although your cat needs certain amounts of each specific nutrient to be healthy - more is not always better. This is particularly true of vitamins and minerals. The condition of your cat’s coat and skin is for more than just appearance, it has a lot to do with overall general health.
So, what do supplements really do? Well, they work to restore a glossy coat, soothe itchy spots and reduce excess moulting and they are able to deliver this because they are packed with nourishing Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids plus added Vitamins.
The coat or fur of your cat is almost entirely composed of protein. If a cat’s diet doesn’t contain enough quality protein their hair may fall out or become dry and brittle. Their skin, on the other hand, is composed of flat cells tightly packed together. Without proper nutrients the cell membranes can weaken which allows water to escape and bacteria and viruses to enter more easily.
Most off-the-shelf cat food products contain vitamins and minerals necessary for growth and proper nutrition. Healthy cats have fur coats that are shiny and skin that is clear and free of flakes, bumps and grease. In order to ensure that the cat's dietary requirements are met it is often necessary to administer certain supplements containing essential fatty acids and minerals.
Here are tips when choosing a cat coat supplement:
If you believe that you cat might have underlying skin conditions that require treatment, discuss options with your veterinarian
The age and diet of your cat needs to be considered before incorporating additional supplements to the diet
Read the labels and identify the ingredients that are present in the supplement.
Regardless of the brand available, pet owners should look for supplements that contain the highest quality ingredients. Supplements rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are highly recommended as they maintain proper joint function and promote healthy vision
Avoid using supplements labelled for use in dogs as they may contain higher amounts of minerals that are not safe for use in felines.
Before using any supplements speak to your veterinarian if your cat is currently taking prescription drugs
Older pets may also benefit if they are administered glucosamine supplements along with skin and coat supplements
Our cats are great at taking care of themselves in so many ways, however, they still need our help to stay healthy. So before you change your cat’s diet, give it supplements, or make any big changes in their life, always talk to your veterinarian first. Dry skin and a dull coat can be a sign of allergies, parasites, or infection. But it could also be something more serious, such as kidney, liver, adrenal, or thyroid problems. This is why we would always recommend talking to your veterinarian first.
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