Essential fatty acids and a cat's skin
Another important set of nutrients is essential fatty acids. These include omega 3, particularly EPA and DHA, and omega 6, all of which help maintain the integrity of your cat's skin and contribute to the growth of healthy hair. Cats are unable to synthesize some essential fatty acids internally, so they have to get them through their diet. A deficiency of these crucial nutrients can result in matted or discolored hair, patches of scaliness and water loss through the skin.
The impact of vitamins on your cat's skin
A variety of different vitamin complexes are needed to keep your cat's skin and hair functioning well. Vitamin A helps to regulate cell growth, while the vitamin B group metabolizes fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant, supporting the immune system that's present in your cat's skin, while biotin is important to support skin's integrity. Without these vitamins, your cat might suffer from hair loss, a poor-quality coat, scaliness and problems in how it produces keratin, the main component of hair.
Your cat's skin and minerals
There are two minerals which are key to healthy skin and hair in your cat. First, zinc, which has a multi-functional role and is critical in the mechanisms of all cells in your cat's body. Second is copper, which is used in the creation of hair and its pigmentation. A lack of zinc or copper in your cat's diet can result in a coat that's poor quality, a poor color, and grows very slowly.
Although there are genetic factors which have an impact on your cat's skin health, by choosing an appropriate diet which includes all the nutrients they need you can support them in developing a strong, healthy skin and coat.