How to Get Rid of Dandruff on Cats

Treat your cat's dandruff with a few simple techniques.

Treat your cat's dandruff with a few simple techniques.

Dandruff is common in cats and is most noticeable during the winter months. Symptoms of dandruff in cats include dry, itchy and flaky skin. If you notice your cat has dandruff there are many ways you can treat her at home and keep it from coming back.

Items you will need

  • Cat food rich in omega-3 or -6 fatty acids
  • Brush
  • Cat moisturizing lotion
  • Humidifier
  • Gentle cat shampoo and conditioner
  • Damp cloth

Step 1

Feed your cat a well balanced diet to treat her dandruff. Give her food rich in omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids to promote good skin and coat health. Fatty acids increase the secretion of oils that help keep the skin moist and dandruff-free.

Step 2

Brush your cat’s hair daily to combat dandruff. Regular brushing increases the circulation in your cat's skin and naturally distributes oils over her coat that help prevent dandruff from forming. Brushing will also remove dead skin and loose hair, which can both accumulate and cause dandruff.

Step 3

Apply some moisturizing lotion formulated for cats to eliminate dandruff. Choose a colloidal oatmeal or hypoallergenic formula that will be nourishing and soothing for your cat's skin. You can find cat moisturizing lotions at your local pet store.

Step 4

Place a humidifier in the room where your cat spends the most time. Cold and dry environments can aggravate dandruff. A humidifier will help bring moisture back to your cat’s skin, preventing dry flaky dandruff.

Step 5

Give your cat a bath at least once a month to reduce dandruff. Use a gentle cat shampoo and conditioner to clean and moisturize your cat’s skin. If your cat does not like to take baths you can use a damp cloth and wipe her coat gently to clean her coat and prevent dandruff.


  • Take your cat to the veterinarian if her dandruff becomes excessive. There may be a medical condition causing it.

About the Author

Based in Statesboro, Ga., Emily Jones has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles appear on various websites, specializing in the diverse topics of cleaning and insects. Jones is a graduate student studying education at Georgia Southern University.

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