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Allergies in Cats

Did you know that cats can develop allergies? Our feline friends can develop many of the same medical issues as people can, including allergies. Allergies are no more fun for kitties than they are for us! A Dallas, GA vet discusses allergies in kitties below. 

Symptoms

Some common signs of allergies in cats include sneezing, itchiness, runny eyes, itchy ears, vomiting, diarrhea, wheezing, overgrooming, and snoring. Fluffy may bite at her tail or paws, or scratch her head and neck. As with people, allergies can sometimes make it difficult for cats to breathe. This is of course very dangerous, and can even be fatal, though fortunately this is rare. Contact your vet immediately if you see any of these symptoms. 

Basics

As with people, usually allergies develop when a cat has been exposed to something that doesn’t agree with her. Her body will then mount an immune response against the ‘invader,’ causing uncomfortable–and potentially dangerous–side effects. Any kitty can develop allergies, and at any age. However, lifestyle can play a role. Cats that go outside seem to be more likely to become allergic to things like pollen, whereas indoor kitties may be more susceptible to flea allergies.

Common Allergens

Fluffy can be allergic to a wide variety of things, such as trees, grass, weeds, mold, dust, and pollen. Other culprits include prescription drugs, cleaning products, certain fabrics, and fleas, as well as strong vapors, like cigarette smoke, perfume, or incense. Some cats can even become allergic to protein, such as chicken!

Treatment

If you know or suspect that your feline pal has allergies, contact your vet right away. Some testing may be needed to discover exactly what your furry friend is reacting to. Once you know exactly what is causing your cat’s reactions, your vet will be able to give you specific treatment options. These may include medication, such as Benadryl, or fatty acid supplements, which can help with skin problems. You’ll also want to ask for specific care tips. Your vet may recommend dusting and vacuuming frequently, using certain shampoos, or keeping your pet indoors. It’s also important to keep up with your kitty’s parasite control. Flea allergies can really make cats miserable. In fact, a single bite can make Fluffy feel itchy for weeks!

As your local Dallas, GA veterinary clinic, we are dedicated to keeping your kitty happy, healthy, and purring. Contact us anytime!

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