Shedding, dandruff, and dander are all symptoms of the cat’s skin having to participate in the process of elimination, which happens when there’s excessive junk (stuff he can’t use) in the cat’s diet. Since all he can use is meat and moisture, even some vitamins, anything that’s not one of those two things, he has to get rid of as some manner of excrement – be it urine, feces, dandruff, shedding, or dander – or it’s stored as fat. So, if all a cat can only use meat and moisture, what should they be eating? Any raw food is better than any canned food, and any canned food is better than any dry food.

The process of making dry food requires high amounts of carbohydrates, which are neither meat nor moisture, so you guessed it, can’t be used by the obligate carnivore that is a cat. Even when the first six ingredients are meat in a dry food, the dry food is cooked at high temperatures for days, cooking the food beyond any nutritional value.

Canned food is indeed still cooked, but the cooking typically happens during the actual canning process, and it’s a significantly shorter cooking time, typically less than an hour. Obvious point being that it’s wet, rather than dry, but less obvious, because it’s less cooked, it’s more bioavailable. As you start to get into canned food, you’ll see lower end canned food and higher end canned food. Lower end canned food won’t have as much meat in it, you’ll see the word “byproducts,” and they’ll be “pet quality.” Higher quality canned foods will have more meat higher up on the ingredient list, they’ll name the part of the animal used (ex: chicken livers), and they’ll be “human quality.”

Raw food is only processed enough to separate meat from bone. It’s uncooked, so it’s clean protein in the form that they would get it in the wild: raw. Our favorite raw foods for cats tend to only have meat, minerals, and nutrients in their ingredients list. Raw food is the most bioavailable and palatable for cats.

It’s a slow healing to deal with, sometimes taking as much as eight weeks for the spleen to completely clear the cat’s system of any remaining junk and toxins after changing the diet and for that healing to help other organs work at their peak efficiency. Matting is typically the perfect storm of dandruff (making the fur “sticky”) and excess shedding.

If your kitty is suffering from any of these symptoms, or if you’re becoming allergic to your beloved feline, consider switching them up a peg on the line to a species-appropriate diet. The closer you get to their natural diet, the more you’ll see improvement, but unfortunately, most cats won’t let you switch directly from dry food to raw food because dry food is very pungent and raw food is very mildly scented. Canned food is right there in the middle, allowing a healthy alternative and a pathway to the raw food.

In addition to these boons, getting him on a more natural diet, you’ll see his poop become less stinky, he’ll be happier because he won’t feel bogged down or dehydrated, and cats who are indoor only on a diet of canned and/or raw tend to live 19-22 years! Our goal is to educate you in the ways of a cat, to help your kitty live the most happy life he can, and to help you and your kitty stay together as long as possible.