Ragdoll Cat Dandruff: Causes & Solutions

Ragdoll Cat Dandruff

By Jennie @ Ragdoll Cats World

May 18, 2022

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Dandruff is a common skin problem that can be caused by different things. It usually happens when the hair on your cat’s skin does not have enough oil to keep it from being dry and flaky.

If your Ragdoll cat has dandruff, the first thing you should do is take it to the veterinarian to rule out any underlying medical problems. Treatment may include medication and/or treatment with natural remedies.


What are the Symptoms of Cat Dandruff?

The symptoms of cat dandruff include dry, flaky skin that patches together. The patches may also be red, swollen, or itchy.

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What are the Causes of Cat Dandruff?

Dandruff is caused by a form of dermatitis or inflammation of your cat’s skin.

There are multiple reasons why your Ragdoll Cat might develop dandruff. Some of these reasons may be related to environmental changes, while others may be due to underlying health problems. The most common cause is parasites or other irritants on the pet’s skin, but it can also be caused by allergies or a poor diet.

However, no matter the cause, treating dandruff is often simple and easy with the help of a veterinarian or trusted pet care provider.


Ragdoll Cat Dandruff


How is Cat Dandruff in Ragdolls Treated?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to solving cat dandruff, as the cause may vary from cat to cat. However, some common solutions include using a shampoo that specifically targets dandruff, using a topical treatment such as corticosteroids or antibiotics.

One way is to use a keratoplastic or keratolytic shampoo, which will slow the production of new skin cells and make it easier to remove existing scales.  It is important not to use a Dandruff Shampoo designed for humans on cats as it can contain chemicals that are not safe for them.

How to treat cat dandruff caused by mites?

One common cause of cat dandruff is the presence of mites. Cheyletiellosis is a skin disease of cats caused by tiny mites that live on the skin. The most common symptom of Cheyletiellosis is dandruff, which appears as small, white flakes on the cat’s coat. Sometimes other symptoms, such as inflammation and redness, can occur too. Cheyletiella mites are spread through contact with saliva or hair from an infected cat. If you have a pet cat and think your pet may be afflicted with Cheyletiellosis, it’s important to take it to the vet for diagnosis and treatment.

To treat this condition, you can use a variety of over-the-counter treatments or ask your veterinarian to prescribe one to kill the mites. Once the mites have been gotten rid off you’ll need to make sure you wash your cat’s bedding to make sure that they do not return. You may also wish to give your Ragdoll a bath to wash away the dandruff.

How to treat cat dandruff caused by Seborrhoea?

If the dandruff is due to a skin condition like Seborrhoea, (an overproduction of oils) you can treat it with a medicated shampoo. Your veterinarian may recommend a supplement of essential nutrients, such as omega-3, to help improve their symptoms.

How to treat cat dandruff caused by allergies?

If your Ragdoll cat’s dandruff has been caused by an allergic reaction then you’ll need to find out what has triggered it. Potential triggers may include food sources, environmental allergens or household cleaning products.

There are a few safe, all-natural products that can be used around your cat’s home. Your veterinarian may suggest sticking to using these products in order to prevent triggering a reaction in your cat.

If the cause of dandruff cannot be identified or treated, then a veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics or other treatments to help clear up the condition.

Ragdoll Cat Dandruff

How do I Prevent My Cat from Having Dandruff?

There is no one definitive answer to this question since different cats will respond differently to different treatments. However, some tips that may help include:

  • Provide your cat with a good diet that is high in moisture content and includes fatty acids. Choose a dry food that is optimised for skin health.
  • Make sure your cat has access to plenty of water to keep them hydrated.
  • Groom your cat regularly, using a soft brush helps distribute your cat’s natural skin oils throughout the coat.
  • Use a humidifier in the home to help maintain moisture levels.
  • Coconut oil is a natural substance that can be used topically or orally to keep your cat’s coat shiny and healthy, as well as prevent dry, irritated skin from developing. Coconut oil kills parasites such as mange, fleas, and ticks which are suffocated by the fat content in the oil. Extra Virgin Olive Oil also does the same thing.


Although in most cases cat dandruff is a minor condition, it can also be a sign of an underlying illness, and should always be discussed with your veterinarian.


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Written by Jennie @ Ragdoll Cats World

I'm Jennie, the creator of Ragdoll Cats World. I have been owned and loved by Ragdoll Cats for almost twenty years after getting my first Ragdoll kittens, Huey and Choo-Choo back in 2003. They lived to the grand old age of 18 and 17 and they even made the move from London to Australia with me! We now have two Ragdoll cats, Violet and Ocean, and a Maine Coon cat named Eddie, and we love sharing our knowledge of all things related to Ragdoll Cats with you at Ragdoll Cats World!

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