Cat allergies can be extremely frustrating.
Cat allergies? Nope, I suffer from a mango allergy. This might sound like a joke to you, but considering that pretty much everyone in my family gobbles them down during the Summer, it sucks. I just stand there, sweating and wishing I could taste the sweet, full flavour of goodiness in my mouth.
But NOPE! If I so much as touch one I could suffer severe allergic reactions, breathing problems and my face looks like a fifth grader’s wrong-gone project.
Little side note here, shout out to my beloved husband, who gave up this deliciousness so that I don’t have to suffer, love you!
Now, I am sure many people have to deal with annoying allergies every day. Thankfully we can easily express ourselves if we are in distress or unable to eat something.
However, with cats its different.
These little creatures are depended on us to figure out what we can and cant give them. Also, what to do in an emergency.
For me, seeing my beloved cats in pain or discomfort is one of the worst things. For you it would probably be too. This is why I wrote this article. i hope it can help you figure out what your cat is allergic to and what you can do to make their lives easier.
There is a number of symptoms that you should watch out for if you think your cat may be allergic to something. Cats will commonly scratch their skin and feel itchy.
- Runny, stuffy nose
- Swollen and sensitive paws. Those are often being chewed on.
- Sneezing, wheezing, or coughing. Possibly Asthma
- Ear infections
- vomiting or diarrhea
- Snoring due to inflamed throats
If you see one of your cats exhibiting these symptoms, don’t hesitate to go to a vet.
Allergens are a number of variables in your cats’ environment that may cause an allergic reaction.
If you are already are aware of what may cause your cat’s allergies, it is best to prevent their exposure to said allergens.
- Household cleaning products
- Perfumes and cologne
- Grass, pollen, mould and so on.
- Certain food products
- Certain cat litters
Flea allergies are common in cats. A regular flea bit may already itch quite a bit. However, if your cats are allergic to fleas, the itching will be much more intense and severe.
They may scratch themselves so badly that they remove chunks of fur and draw blood underneath.
This invites bacteria into the open wound, which has a number of damaging results. Small scabs, called miliary lesions, may form as a result. The most commonly affected area is in front of the tail (called a rump).
The best protection against this would be flea control.
Remove your cats from any possibly flea infested places and use flea-ridding shampoos to give them regular showers throughout the week.
Last but not least, if strict flea control is not possible, injections of corticosteroids may be an option. They can be used to block the allergic reaction and give relief to your cats.
It is always best to take your cat to a veterinarian if you suspect they have cat allergies. These people are professional after all and will surely know what to do about things.
If you know what allergens trigger your cats allergies, it is best to remove them from their environment.
Is it the cat litter? Remove the current one completely, clean their litter box with warm water and NO detergents, and then buy them some new cat litter that they aren’t allergic to.
If it is food, your best choice is to consult your vet about it. They may instruct you to use a certain,allergen-free food or use home-cooked meals as a substitute for a while.
However, with dust, pollen, mould, or other organic cat allergies, it may be better to bathe them every once in a while to clean their fur of any possible allergens. A Veterinarian may help you find a suitable shampoo to help your cat stop itching.
Overall, whenever you think your cats are suffering from allergies, contact a veterinarian.
Love your cat
I know that dealing with felines that have cat allergies may be exhausting. you have too constantly worry about them, be extra mindful in a hundred different situations and always keep an eye out for potential danger.
But remember: it is so important to continuously love your cats.
The best you can do is to always support and to take care of your cats. Trust me, it always pays off. If you have any more advice to give about cat allergies let me know in the comments. Read you next time!
If you yourself are suffering from a cat allergy( you are allergic against a cat), maybe this article will help you.