Pardon the pun but the cat is out of the bag on just how well coconut oil is able to perform when treating itchy skin in cats.
Each month we see more and more people reaching out and asking about using coconut oil for cats itchy skin due to so many people who have used the treatment successfully with their own cats recommending it to others on social media.
Due to this, we have decided to publish our own article on how you can use coconut oil to treat cats with itchy skin as we have lost count of the number of people who we have seen reaching out about it.
Our hope is that we will be able to answer all of the common questions that we have noticed being asked by cat owners over and over again as well as help you solve the itching issues on your cat as soon as possible too.
We often see people asking about using specific coconut oil brands with their cat and for the most part, any high-quality coconut oil will work well.
Please note that there are some “flavoured” coconut oil products on the market now that are designed for cooking, we would not recommend that you use any of these as the spices in them may cause irritation on your cat’s skin so just stick to standard coconut oil.
How To Use Coconut Oil For Cats Itchy Skin!
It is very easy to use coconut oil for cats with itchy skin and you simply apply it directly to the areas where your cat is itching constantly.
You really don’t need much coconut oil for your cat to receive the benefits either so a very small amount of coconut oil on your finger will often cover a wide area of your cat’s skin.
If your cat has been constantly itching the skin and has caused some inflammation in the area then you are able to offer additional soothing to your pet cat by keeping your coconut oil in a refrigerator to keep it cool.
Although this does make it slightly harder to apply, the cool temperature of the coconut oil really can help to take the itching away.
Although you are able to use this trick in all situations, if there is no inflammation on your cat’s skin then just applying room temperature coconut oil to the area may be a better option.
Coconut oil tends to be much easier to apply to skin at room temperature so if the additional soothing benefit of the cold is not required to minimise inflammation, room temperature coconut oil is probably best.
How To Apply Coconut Oil To Cats Skin!
The majority of people will be fine applying coconut oil to their cat’s skin by adding a small amount of coconut oil to their fingers, rubbing them together and then gently rubbing the coconut oil into the area of your cat’s skin that is itching.
Re-applying the coconut oil every six hours should be able to help deal with the itching sensation and offer your cat some relief.
Unlike dogs who are omnivores and will just sit there and lick the coconut oil off their skin, cats are obligate carnivores so the majority of them have no appetite for plant-based foods.
This makes your life as a cat-owning much easier as you are able to re-apply to coconut oil less frequently than you would have to on a dog due to the dog licking it off.
Although there are some oil applicators available online, they really are a waste of money and you can usually get better results if you choose to apply your coconut oil to your cat with your fingers.
The main thing to focus on when treating itchy skin in cats with coconut oil is that you are applying a high-quality coconut oil that has no additives or flavouring.
Is Coconut Oil Safe For Cat Skin!
Coconut oil is generally safe for the majority of cats when used as a topical treatment directly to their skin and coat to treat issues with itching or dandruff.
There are a small number of cats that may have allergies to coconut oil but this is very rare and the majority of cats will be fine.
As we mentioned earlier, some of the modern coconut oil products on the market that have been designed for use with cooking do have various flavorings and spices in them.
This does increase the risk of the coconut oil being able to irritate your pet cats skin so we would highly recommend that you avoid them if possible and just stick to a standard coconut oil if possible.
Can I Put Coconut Oil On My Cats Dry Skin?
One of the main uses for cat dry skin coconut oil treatments is to rehydrate the skin of your cat in areas where the skin is either itchy or overly dry. Due to this, it is very common for people to apply coconut oil to their cat’s dry skin directly and not end up having any issues.
If you are a part of any of the cat owning communities on the various social media platforms, you are probably fully aware that there are a huge number of people who use coconut oil to treat dry and itchy skin on their cats.
Due to having such a huge sample size of people all over the world using coconut oil on their cats dry skin and getting food results, we are confident in saying that it is safe to use.
As we touched on earlier though, there is a very small chance that your cat may have allergies to coconut oil and that it will cause irritation when applied to their skin.
If you notice this to be the case for your cat then we would highly recommend that you stop the treatment with coconut oil and look to use an alternative if possible.
Is Coconut Oil Good For Cats Skin?
Coconut oil is considered good for a cats skin and offers a number of benefits that are able to help you deal with skin itching or cat dandruff with ease.
There are a small number of other benefits of using coconut oil on a cats skin but the majority of people use it to help deal with itching and dandruff.
If your cat is having issues with dandruff and that is why your cat is itching so much then our article on treating cat dandruff is probably worth reading too.
It goes over how you are able to use natural treatments to cure cat dandruff with ease and to help prevent your catch from itching too much.
There are also a number of uses for coconut oil that are able to help improve the look and shine of your cat’s coat too. For the most part though, most people use it to treat itchy skin or cat dandruff.
Should You Use Coconut Oil For Cats Skin?
Coconut oil is one of the better treatment options for itchy skin in cats so it is definitely worth trying. Most people will often see some sort of benefit to their cats skin condition within around a week or so of applying coconut oil to their cat two to three times a day.
Keep in mind that some cats will have itchy skin due to issues such as skin cancer. Although coconut oil may be able to help reduce the symptom of the itching skin, you really should be seeing advice from a professional veterinarian if you suspect that this could be the issue.
Thankfully, this is one of the less common causes of itchy skin in cats with the majority of them not actually being serious.
We would like to say that some types of skin mites and other parasites can also cause itchy skin in cats and will usually require a specialist treatment from your local vet to treat correctly rather than just using coconut oil.
That brings our article going over how you are able to use coconut oil for cats with itchy skin to an end. In our opinion, coconut oil cat skin treatments are definitely one of the better options out there. Not only are they cheap and easy to use but coconut oil has proven to be able to help reduce the itchiness in cat skin to help reduce the itching sensation countless times.