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5 of the Most Common Allergies in Cats

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Allergies are very common in cats as well, and they are not fun at all. It is even more difficult in such conditions to be caught as cats because they cannot tell you straight away that something is wrong and what it is. So if you notice that your cat is unusually itchy or sneezes a lot, those are 2 indications that they might have an allergic reaction to something. There are different allergies in cats, so let’s talk a bit more about the most common ones.

What are the signs of allergy in cats?

The signs of an allergic reaction in cats are similar to those in people, but it is harder to notice. But let’s cover some of the common ones and how you can catch them.

  • Excessive grooming — Cats are regularly grooming themselves, but still, if you see that they are doing it excessively, this would be a bad sign. In some cases, they can do it so much that they will start losing some hair.
  • Scratching — It is usual for your cat to be itchy and scratch themselves, but if they do it to the point that they are hurting themselves, this should be something to worry about. If you see that they are leaving marks on their body, there are bruises or blood, better check the reasons behind it.
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite are 3 very common signs of allergy, especially if something in the food is causing it. CatFoodPoint.com is the perfect place to find food for cats with more sensitive stomachs or conditions. The food you give to your furry friend is essential for their health so choose the right one to keep them happy and healthy.  
  • Red or dehydrated skin — Some allergic reactions can cause redness of the skin or make it very dry. With cats with long hair it is a bit harder to notice the redness but especially around the ears, eyes, or the lips it is easy to see it. And the dry skin can be detected if it starts being flanked. 
  • Swollen and sensitive paws — If your furry friend’s paws become swollen and sensitive, you should also consider this a sign of an allergy. They might show the signs by not allowing you to touch their paws, or you notice a change in their walk

The most common allergies in cats

Now let’s talk about some of the most common allergies in cats. Of course, to be sure what your cat might be suffering from is better to check with your vet.

Flea allergies

It is usual for any animal to be a bit itchy in the place where they were bitten by a flea. Treating a normal flea bite is not that hard, and it will help with the itching. However, your cat can be allergic to fleas, and then a bite might have more severe consequences. In such cases, you will see that your cat will start scratching everywhere on its body. In such cases, some medications can help, and you should immediately ask your veterinarian for one.

Environmental allergies

Just as in humans, any environmental factors can cause allergies. Anything from mold, dust, grass, pollen, and many others can cause such conditions. The most common reaction is sneezing and itching. It is not easy to prevent this allergy reaction since you can’t completely avoid dust in your house. But there are preventive medications as well. There are small pills or drops that you can add to your cats’ food to avoid your furry friend’s discomfort.

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Allergy to human products

Some of the products we use or their ingredients might cause the allergy of your cats. For example, something like perfume, cleaning detergent, cigarette smoke, aroma diffusers, etc., can make your cat get an allergic reaction. You can, of course, try to control these will pills, but it is better to stop using such products if possible. Especially if it is a cleaning detergent it is better to choose a pet-friendly one.

Food allergies 

Cat foods are supposed to have all the nutrients that your cat needs, but some of the additional ingredients might cause their allergy in some cases. Like humans, some cats don’t tolerate gluten, for example, or others are Lacto intolerant. So you should observe if the allergy symptoms appear only when your cat is eating something particular. You can ask your vet for advice, run some blood tests, and find food that will be suitable for your furry friend.

Drug allergies

Many owners give different drugs to their cats — in some cases, they are for treating a condition, and in others, it could be vitamins or something like food supplements. But in some cases, there might be ingredients that can cause allergic reactions. If you know that your cat can’t tolerate something, always check the elements inside and make sure there is nothing dangerous for them. If the allergy is towards a medication they need, you should check with your vet for an alternative.

Diagnosing allergies in cats

If you notice any of the symptoms in your cat, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have an allergy. It could be that it is something temporary or hormonal. This is why it is always better to check with your vet and be sure what the cause is. In case you have any suspicions it is good to run some blood tests and check if your cat has an allergic reaction to anything. If your furry friend has one, you need to focus on treating it but most of anything to prevent it. Once you know the cause, try to avoid contact with your cat and the reason for the allergy. 

Keeping your pet healthy is the goal of every owner. It is not easy because our furry friends can’t tell us when something is wrong. But if you notice anything that might be an allergic reaction, check with your pet and take the necessary measures. 

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