There’s a reason we don’t bring our cats to parties—and it’s not because we don’t love spending time with them. It’s simply because they wouldn’t have it. Felines run the show: They know what they like and no human will convince them otherwise. And, they don’t like to share the spotlight. So, the trick for the humans who want the best for their pets is to make them think it was their idea. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel when attempting to maintain your cat’s silky strands. Just like that of their canine counterparts, cat’s coat care starts from the inside out. They don’t crave fish for nothing. The vitamins, minerals and healthy fats found in all things fishy are, in fact, very healthy for kitty.
1. Give the cat what she wants: natural salmon, herring and flounder from the oceans surrounding Canada, blended with freshwater fishes like walleye and pike. Switch to a high quality diet of Orijen 6 Fish, and your Texas kitty will understand what all those northern cousins have been purring about. This food is as close to a cat’s natural diet as it comes. It is packed with healthy fish oils, regional fruits and veggies, and because it is grain-free, it will help promote healthy coats. All of these ingredients are so easily digested that all the nutrients will support the various systems where they are needed—leaving no nasty processed corn waste to manifest on your cat’s skin or coat. This is the first step in creating a happy cat, and paves the way for increased pet-ability!
2. Ever wonder if the supplements and vitamins advertised for pets are really worth it? They are! Salmon Oil (Omega-3) supplements are great if your four-legged is suffer- ing from dry skin. This nutrient is essential for all mammals, and if they aren’t getting enough from their food, popping some pills into the mix will help their coats shine. Keep in mind— adding the oil to food that doesn’t have much good stuff to begin with won’t beget good results. If you are a good human who buys fish-ful food already but are still noticing an increased itching in the winter months, this natural fatty acid supplement may provide the necessary nutrition to help alleviate irritation.
3. Regardless of how closely you scour the label of your cat’s food, unless you are feeding them whole fish filets, seeds and produce, their processed diet leaves something to be desired. Add Missing Link Feline Formula to the food bowl to help with a variety of skin and coat-related problems. The enzymes, probiotics, fiber, vitamins and miner- als in this powdered supplement have been found to reduce shedding, hair- balls, and skin allergies. Of course, you should avoid making a production out of mixing this powder into the food (hide it in some wet food); cats will be suspicious of any new and potentially medicinal human additions at mealtime. But mother knows best: Whole foods are what kitties need from weaning through senior status to grow into and stay their funky feline selves.