Easy Ways to Deal with Seasonal Allergies in Cats
If you have a feline friend at home, you may be quite familiar with cats having allergies. While seasonal 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.
What to Look For
Usually, cats develop some variety of skin disease along with their allergies. Be sure to keep a close watch on 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 by 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.
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.
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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