Most pet owners try to keep their pet’s fur as thick and healthy as possible, perhaps because it’s lovely to stroke them. However, when it comes to cat a healthy coat is a lot more important. Cat fur can give a cat sensory data, help a cat manufacture nutrients like vitamin D and also protect your cat from the weather.
Cats instinctively understand the importance of their fur coat; they’re constantly grooming and cleaning it. While that does help with its maintenance, there are some things you can do as an owner to ensure a thick healthy coat.
Naturally, you should brush your cat’s fur regularly. Additionally, diet can also help a healthy fur coat. Here are some tips:
Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in animal tissues go a long way in nourishing fur. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish oils (try salmon and sardines) as well as canola and flax.
Linolei acid is also important for healthy fur; it’s found in vegetable oils like corn and soybean oils.
While most commercial cat foods have a healthy amount of these fatty acids, you can incorporate them in a homemade diet by adding spoonfuls of the oils every other day while cooking their meal.
Vitamins and Minerals
A variety of vitamins and minerals help the development of a healthy skin and coat. Vitamin A helps the growth and repair of skin and is found in liver, fish liver and dairy products.
Another important vitamin is Vitamin E, which protects the skin cells from oxidant damage. It’s found in meats and green leafy vegetables.
Riboflavin is another vitamin you should make sure your cat is getting adequate amount of. It can be found in peas, liver, beef and lamb, oily fish and eggs; all foods which are safe for cats.
A cat needs a high amount of protein for all round good health. When it comes to a healthy coat, however, ensure that your cat is getting enough animal protein – vegetable proteins like sprouts will not cut it. Instead, feed your cat lots of meats and fish.
If, despite a nutritious diet that follows these guidelines, your cat still has an unhealthy coat, consult your vet; it could point to a deeper problem