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A healthy, shiny, soft and silky coat is synonymous with good health, this is why cat caregivers can worry when our partner presents us with rough, unkempt or dirty-looking hair. In this AnimalWised article we are going to explain why a cat has ugly or rough hair, what are the possible causes that have caused it and how we can act to ensure that our cat always maintains a perfect, healthy and well-groomed coat..
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- Cat hair
- The causes of rough hair
- Hair care
When we talk about fur we are not only referring to a "simple " question of beauty, since the hair of our cat will also tell us about its health condition And for a double reason since, on the one hand, healthy hair is a reflection of good health but, at the same time, taking care of the coat helps to maintain the perfect condition of our cat, since the hair fulfills several and important functions, as are the following:
- Thermal protection: the hair will protect our cat from both cold and excessive exposure to the sun's rays and heat.
- Physical insulator: the hair will also serve as protection for the skin of our cat, defending it from injuries such as wounds, scratches, abrasions, burns, etc., but also from bites or bites of insects and even other animals.
- Communicative function: Cats, like other animals, also use their hair as a form of communication. For example, the ability to bristle the hair makes us understand that our cat is very angry and will make him appear bigger in front of another cat that he wants to impress and put on the run. Also, hair is involved in the sense of touch.
If a cat has rough hair, it can tell us a health problem And, at the same time, deficiencies in the coat can lead to problems for the cat. To prevent, we will explain in the following sections what are the most common causes that can result in rough hair and what measures we can adopt to avoid it.
The causes of rough hair
When a cat has rough hair, we can think, mainly, about the following aspects:
- Feeding: it is perhaps the most common cause of coat disorders. An inadequate diet, in the sense that it does not provide the quantity or quality of nutrients necessary for our cat, will manifest itself in ugly, rough and dull hair. Sometimes, the nutrients that we provide to our cat are adequate but there is a problem of poor absorption. This aspect, of course, should be explored by our vet..
- Pathologies: dermatological problems can also affect the appearance of our cat's hair, that is why any modification that we notice in the coat, not only roughness, but also dandruff, alopecia (absence of hair), excess fat, wounds, etc., has to be reason for veterinary consultation. In addition, some systemic diseases can also make our cat's hair rough or ugly, such as intestinal disorders or chronic diseases such as kidney failure or immunodeficiency..
- Stress: although we always have to first rule out a physical cause by going to the vet, as we have said, sometimes the problem in the coat can be caused by a stressful situation such as that which can cause a move, a change at home, the introduction of other animals, the arrival of a child, etc. St..
- Lack of care and / or hygiene: It is true that cats groom themselves but, at least those with longer hair, will need frequent brushing, especially in areas most at risk of knots and tangles, such as under the tail and neck, in legs or belly. Short-haired cats will also need our help, for example, with age, as they can present problems with grooming, since they will not reach all areas with the same ease. This can lead to unsightly areas of fur..
Given the factors that can intervene in a cat with rough hair, we are going to look at the possible solutions below..
To avoid that our cat has ugly or rough hair we must pay attention to the following recommendations:
- Feeding: the food that we provide to our cat must be of the highest possible quality. It is recommended to offer feed, since today the wide variety of this product on the market guarantees that the needs of our cat are covered at any time of their life. And this is an important aspect, since the feed we acquire must adapt to the phase in which our cat is. For example, a kitten under one year of age should eat a specific feed, just like a pregnant female or a cat that is sick. Proteins, fatty acids and minerals are going to be very important in the appearance of hair.
- Deworming: the presence of some parasites, such as fleas, can also have effects on the coat, reducing its luster. It is therefore important to keep our cat dewormed, with the most appropriate product for their circumstances, as recommended by our veterinarian, from the wide range that is on the market. At this point, it should be noted that some cats have a flea bite allergy dermatitis, which we will see manifested with alopecia, thinning hair, scales or lesions. For them it is essential to maintain the deworming protocol, because only with a bite can dermatitis be triggered.
- HygieneLong-haired cats should be brushed frequently. For those with short hair, this care of the coat is also convenient, as it helps to eliminate dead hair and, in addition, this habit allows you to immediately detect any damage to the coat or skin. As our cat turns years old or if it has any disease we must be more scrupulous with this care.
- Stress: to avoid the stress of our cat we must introduce any modification or change in its routine with special care, even contacting a ethologist (specialist in animal behavior) or veterinarian with knowledge of feline psychology. Also, we must keep it in what is known as "enriched environment ", that is, the one with all the distractions that will prevent you from getting bored or frustrated, as this is another cause of stress.