Easy Ways to Deal with Seasonal Allergies in Cats

Easy Ways to Deal with Seasonal Allergies in Cats

Easy Ways to Deal with Seasonal Allergies in Cats

Guest Writer: Craig Davis

If you have a feline friend at home, you may be quite familiar with cats having allergies. While allergies in cats are quite common, it’s also frustrating.  And although skin allergies in cats are commonplace, finding out the root cause can prove to be difficult. Many cats react strongly to environmental allergens. As a result, they often develop itchy skin, but may not rub, lick, or scratch themselves. This makes it difficult for you to figure out whether your cat is suffering from allergies or not.

If you suspect that your cat has allergies but aren’t sure, consider consulting an experienced feline vet. You can also start investigating some home remedies that are known to be quite effective in curing allergies in cats.

Easy Ways to Deal with Seasonal Allergies in Cats

What to Look For

Usually, cats develop some variety of skin disease along with their allergies. Be sure to keep a close watch of your cat’s back, since allergy symptoms frequently show up there. You can look for broken hairs above the tail on either side of the spinal cord. Also, look for little scabs throughout your pet’s skin, which are known as miliary dermatitis (so called because of the little bumps that result, which are like millet seeds.) Be sure to check for crusty areas around the ear and face of your cat as well. Cats often suffer from seasonal allergies, which tend to worsen during the summer and spring.

Ulcers in the mouth, a swollen nose, flaky or smelly skin, vomiting, and frequent ear infections are some additional symptoms of allergies in cats.  Keep in mind that your cat might tend to be a little irritable while suffering from allergies.  Some cats tend to twitch their skin or tails, as well as hide in a reclusive “comfort zone” away from people.

Since cats are secretive by nature, you may not find your feline friend scratching its body ’round the clock. Keep a keen eye on its behavior and check for slight changes in the skin condition or his behavior.

What is My Cat Allergic to?

Once you determine that your cat is suffering from allergies, your next job is to find out potential causes. Your pet may be allergic to something in your furnishings or carpets, cleaning products, or even  its own food. It may also be allergenic to pollens, dust mites, or grasses. Many many cats develop allergies with time. If not treated properly, allergies caused from insect bites may lead to itchy welts or hives.

First Steps in Treating Cat Allergies

A wise first step is to consult an experienced feline vet, as he or she can rule out many causes. If your cat’s allergies are caused by fleas or mosquito bites, you might try to reduce your pet’s exposure to them. If your cat has a swollen nose, it’s quite possible that this is a mosquito allergy. In the case of flea allergies, the reaction will worsen during the summer and spring. These allergies usually begin around the base of the tail.

Understand that no single flea product kill fleas immediately. Comfortis, Advantage II, and Frontline Plus, which are considered some of the most effective flea products, take a certain time to kill the fleas. Even if you spot fleas on your cat, you may want to have your vet inspect your cat for fungal diseases, mites, or secondary infections, since these can complicate the allergy issues further.

Easy Ways to Deal with Seasonal Allergies in Cats

Conduct a Nourishment Trial

If your cat seems to be bothered by a pollen allergy or food allergy, you should try to reduce the component that’s causing the allergy. To figure out whether your cat has been suffering from a food allergy or not, you can feed him an exclusion diet. The diet is very limited and should not contain any potential allergens for at least eight weeks.

Flea Control

Even if your cat has not been suffering from flea allergies, you should always ensure proper flea control. Since allergic pets are already quite sensitive, the situation might worsen if they are affected by fleas.

Methods to Decrease the Allergen Load

To ensure a secure and safe environment for your cat, you should follow certain steps. For instance, wash the bedding of your pet properly at least once every week, since it spends most of its time here.

During pollen season, try to keep your pet indoors as much as possible, and also consider using HEPA filters around the home. Also, consider changing the cat litter more frequently, especially if the litter is a dust-producing brand. You should try to find out if your cat is allergic to a specific food. If you find anything worth noticing, consider avoiding that food. You can try doing this even when your cat is suffering from a pollen allergy.

With all these steps, you can help your feline friend deal with seasonal allergies successfully.

Easy Ways to Deal with Seasonal Allergies in Cats

Guest Blogger Bio : Craig Davis

Craig is the founder of Vet Organics, where he shares additional pet-related articles on the company’s blog. Vet Organics markets and produces their flagship product, EcoEars, along with a growing array of premium products dedicated to the health and wellness of pets.




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15 thoughts on “Easy Ways to Deal with Seasonal Allergies in Cats

  1. My cat James had a really bad reaction to something last week and had a lot of scabs all over him from scratching himself. Once we discovered that, we took him into the animal hospital to be treated. He’s better now, but we still don’t know what exactly he is allergic to. All that we know is that he was outside and that it may have been some type of plant or insect. Do you think that there is something that we can spray on his fur to help insects stay away from him?

  2. My cat Tom is very allergic. He s nose is blocked and his eye is running all the time .he developed a polyp in his nose which had to be removed.so we had his blood tested to see what he is allergic to, turns out he is allergic to the world. So wee are desensitizing him wit a serum that was made for him ,hope it works don’t like to see the little guy suffer

    • Aww, I’m sorry to hear that your cat suffers so much from allergies. He must be miserable. 🙁 I hope the serum works too. All the very best to you. Thanks for your visit and comment. Peace.

  3. I don’t have any of those symptoms but every Spring I develop coughing and asthma especially if the windows had been opened. TW hadn’t opened the windows in years because of me. This year, she decided the coughing might be hairballs and opened the windows and was happy to report I was fine.
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    • Oh my goodness! I’m glad you were fine with the windows open after all. The fresh air is so good for you and you must love that. I hope you don’t have asthma anymore. That’s a rough thing to have. Ugh. Thanks for visiting, beautiful Keisha!

  4. I haven’t noticed the cats having allergies, but I have allergies from my cats. And this time of year is the worst when they shed the most. Thank you so much for sponsoring the 100th Pet Parade Anniversary! And for sharing all your great tips for animal lovers and pet owners. Your site is looking fantastic.
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    • Thank you for the complement about the looks of my site, and I’m honored to be sponsoring your 100th Pet Parade Anniversary. That’s quite an achievement for you! Bravo! Allergic to your own cats? Oof. That’s a tough one. You must really love them. Thanks for that, on behalf of your cats. 🙂 Ciao for now! 🙂

    • Francene, those departed pet’s memories do live on, don’t they? Thank goodness for that! I still remember my cat, Patches, from when I was four years old. 🙂 Thanks for your visit. Come back soon.

    • Hey, Salma. Nice of you to stop by for a visit. Yes, pets get allergies too. It’s even worse for them than humans, in a way, because they can’t tell us that’s why they’re miserable. I for taking the time to read the article. Take care! 🙂

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