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What Causes Greasy Coats?

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Recently we asked you for your questions on pet nutrition for Dr. Tiffany Bierer, health and nutrition science manager for Mars Petcare US. For the next several days, we’ll be featuring Dr. Bierer’s responses to your questions!

All my cats love Whiskas, but only one gets a greasy coat. They eat dry as well, and have plenty of water. The question is what causes coats to get greasy(?) They are inside only, in fact the one that gets a greasy coat, and this happens maybe one week after bath (I show him), well he is retired now, but I am a fanatic about coats. They are Maine Coons.

Dr. Bierer: One of the things that drives coat condition is the amount and type of fat in the diet. Linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid, is a key driver of good coat condition of cats. WHISKAS® brand does include optimal levels of linoleic acid for good skin and coat health.

Some cats will get a greasy coat if they don’t groom themselves well. If a cat is overweight or is getting older, they tend to groom themselves less and this can lead to a greasy coat or more mats in the coat.

As an example, Maine Coon cats do have a tendency for arthritis as well and this can also lead to less grooming. For cats that are older and have trouble grooming, you may have to help by grooming this cat more often. You should also be sure to mention it to your Veterinarian next time so they can check for any possible health problems.

Dr.  Tiffany Bierer is the health and nutrition sciences manager for Mars Petcare US, makers of PEDIGREE® Food for Dogs, CESAR® Brand, WHISKAS® Food for Cats, THE GOODLIFE RECIPE® Brand, TEMPTATIONS® Treats for Cats and CRAVE® Treats for Cats.

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