Cats can be tricky to read, if they’re flicking their tail, does it mean they’re happy or angry? It’s even harder to tell if something is wrong with them, which is why at Dorwest Herbs we’ve heard several customers ask, “why does my cat’s skin twitch?” and “why is my cat’s skin dry?” We share 8 things you didn’t know about cats, and in turn share some insight that may help you to better understand your feline friend!

1. They Need Nutrients Too!

You may be asking yourself “why is my cats skin flaky?”. Flaky or scabby skin can often mean that your cat isn’t getting enough nutrients in his/her diet. If you’re already feeding them a balanced diet, try adding herbal supplements for cats, such as those with omega 6 for cats.

2. Hair Loss Is a Sign of Stress

If you start noticing your cat is experiencing hair loss, be aware this could be an indicator of stress. When cats are worried, they excessively lick themselves.

3. Cat Skin Produces ‘Fel D 1’ Protein

It’s this glycoprotein that people are allergic to. It’s secreted through both their skin and saliva and is transferred by a lick or if they’ve touched objects in the home.

4. Keep an Eye Out for Overgrooming

A common health issue for cats is stress, which is often revealed when cats start to over-groom themselves. Scullcap & Valerian Tablets are a popular treatment to calm and relax dogs. For short-term stressful situations, such as going to the vet or travelling, Valerian Compound is easy to administer – and cats love the smell! You can give Valerian Compound to cats orally or place some on a bit of cloth in their bedding to calm them.

5. Skin and Coat Condition Is a Health Indicator

Look out for visual signs such as dry or irritated skin, as well as more subtle indicators of skin disease, such as excessively scratching or pulling out fur.

6. They Sweat Through Their Paws

Cats have very few sweat glands over their body – their sweat glands are in the pads on their paws. They cool themselves down by licking themselves; as the salvia they put on their body evaporates it cools them down.

7. Shampooing Can Help to Deter Fleas

Cats don’t need to be washed regularly as they wash themselves, but if your cat is itching or has dirty skin, use a natural cat shampoo such as Clean & Fresh Shampoo. The smell on your cat’s fur can help to deter fleas.

8. Cats Can Have Whiskers on Their Front Legs, Chin and Eyebrows

Whiskers help cats to sense movement – especially when they are sneaking up on a mouse! They also help them to navigate, and to access if they can fit into narrow gaps, like behind the sofa. Their whiskers should never be cut.

Find out more about how cat supplements can improve your cat’s health and get in touch with one of our friendly team on 01308 897272 or use our contact form

Please remember, you should always consult a vet if you are concerned about your pet’s health.