As promised, a post about Billy… and butt dandruff.
I had a cat quite a while back that had greasy greasy fur and dandruff on the butt side of his back. My mom took him the vet and they did all sorts of skin disease tests and liver disease tests and parasite tests and found nothing. They decided the problem was that this little guy wasn’t so good at self-cleaning and that was the only problem. It took my mom a couple of nasty scratches to decide that if he wasn’t going to clean himself and she was going to get the skin removed from her hands when she tried to help, he could just be dirty.
But we still loved him.
Fast forward to this morning as I’m trying to read emails with cats circling my feet and crying. Billy pathetically tries to jump onto my downward sloping lap (my shorty legs don’t quite allow my feet to touch the floor so my lap is less than level), fails miserably, and then cries for me to pick him up. By the way, Bill is 30-something pounds. So I lift him like a big fat baby and try to settle him on my lap but he fidgets and spins and naturally, his butt ends up in my face. And so does his flaky white butt dandruff.
When my fiance and I (and the Wheezyriders) first moved in together, he woke up every morning with red itchy watery eyes and sneezy mcgrossy face. I did some hardcore internet research on cat allergies and found that a lot of symptoms are relieved when the cats get bathed regularly. So… I tried it.
Yeah, that did not go well.
So I bought kitty-specific cleansing clothes with some sort of active ingredient to prevent shedding and butt dandruff. It still didn’t go so well (Bill REALLY doesn’t like anyone touching his butt) and Cristian still had allergy morning face so I abandoned that effort as well.
The best solution I found, by accident one night after kitties decided sleepy time was, in fact, hissing fighting crying chaos time and I kicked them right the heckfire out of the bedroom, was … no kitties in the bedroom. Once we washed the bedclothes and disallowed cat activities on the bed, Cristian’s symptoms disappeared and neither one of us woke up with a cat on our face.
People problem solved!
But what of the butt dandruff? I did nothing. And that seems to be the right answer according to this article here:
However, most people who own dandruff-laden cats end up frustrated. In my experience, the “problem” does not improve no matter what is done.
I put “problem” in quotes for a reason. If your vet has ruled out serious skin disease, and your cat is not suffering from itching, hair loss, or pain, then as far as your cat is concerned, there is no problem. Cats, unlike humans, don’t worry about first impressions. They don’t obsess in the mirror.