Cat Dandruff


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Dear Dr. Debra,

My cat is 15-years-old and spends most of her time sleeping. Due to her being overweight, she is on Hills Prescription Diet R/D dry food. I have noticed that recently she seems to be suffering from dandruff mainly on lower back. She spends a lot of time sleeping in front of radiators could this be contributing to her dry skin or is her diet lacking in vital nutrients? Any advice or help you can give would be appreciated very much.

Best wishes,

Michelle Collie


Hi Michelle – thanks for your email. I'll try to summarize your questions. First – you have an overweight cat on Hills Prescription Diet R/D. She has seborrhea/dandruff on her lower back and she is sleeping in warm spots.

The seborrhea/dandruff on the lower back is very common in overweight cats – mostly form them not being able to effectively groom themselves. The Prescription R/D is balanced and nutritious and should not be contributing to the dry skin. As far as the "heat-seeking" behavior – I don't know what part of the country you are in but it has been pretty cold in the north so this may be normal behavior.

Is she eating okay? Any vomiting or diarrhea? Is he playful and acting normal? If so, I couldn't worry. If you are worried, take her to your vet for evaluation.

You can also help your cat by trying to groom her. Many cats like it – especially along the lower bag. You can use a brush and comb and remove much of the dry scaling. Routine combing and brushing helps distribute oils and promotes a healthier skin.

An couple articles that might be helpful to you on our are "Obesity in Cats" and "Seborrhea in Cats"

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.