Why Cat Food Gives Your Cat A Healthier Coat

Several nutrients commonly found in cat food help promote a shiny coat.

By Cat Fancy Editors | Posted: Tue Nov 26 00:00:00 PST 2002

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Want your cat to have a shiny, healthy coat? Then you must provide him with the right nutrients. Fortunately, a quality, complete and balanced diet should provide sufficient amounts of all nutrients needed to support healthy growth of the skin and hair in the average cat.

In addition to protein and calories, other vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, niacin, biotin and zinc serve key roles in a cat's skin and hair health. Recommendations for dietary concentrations of these nutrients are listed in the cat food profiles established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials.

These profiles suggest adequate amounts to meet the needs for skin and hair health. Diets with inadequate amounts of these nutrients are not likely to pass feeding trials conducted according to the AAFCO.


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BarbaraAtNutro    Morton Grove, IL

4/21/2014 11:26:45 AM

I agree that good nutrition is important for a healthy skin and fur in cats and also for the overall well being of a cat's health. Also important is oral care for your cat. Poor oral hygiene can lead to lots of health issues.

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

6/17/2013 8:23:09 AM

good article, thank you

Joy (Bebe's momma)    Portland, OR

4/22/2012 10:44:07 PM

Reading this article really made me appreciate how silky & lovely my own 2 cats coats are. They are just luxorious!

janet    bethlehem, PA

5/3/2011 4:20:59 AM

very important for cats to have a good healthy coat

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