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C2007-08

Dear Christopher Cat

We have two fur kids (cats), and their skin gets very dry during the winter. How can we safely moisturize their skin?

Christopher Responds

My skin used to get flaky every winter, too, until my people installed a whole-house humidifier.

If increasing the humidity isn’t feasible, supplement your cats’ diet with omega-3 fatty acids. Common brands are DermCaps and 3V Caps.

It should go without saying that poor quality food contributes to dry skin, so if you’re feeding junk food, make a gradual transition to a premium diet.

Finally, you might try a moisturizing spray or creme rinse, such as HyLyt.

If these steps aren’t effective, ask your veterinarian to examine your cats to rule out more serious causes of flaky skin, like fleas and ringworm.

Or just wait until spring, when all will again be right with the world – or at least the weather.

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