CAT SCRATCH FEVAHHH or is it Allergies? 🤧
(No, but really Cat Scratch Disease is a real thing and we'll discuss it another day! haha!)
As the seasons change, many of us are familiar with the itchy eyes and sneezing that comes along with seasonal allergies, but did you know that furry kitty overlords can suffer from seasonal allergies, too?? Though it may not be as common as it is with humans, cats can also be affected by pollen, mold and other seasonal allergens. Knowing the symptoms of seasonal allergies in cats and how to prevent them is important for protecting your feline friend from potential discomfort. Today we’re taking a deep dive into seasonal allergies in cats, as well as ways to prevent and manage them.
The Dangers of Allergies for Cats
Allergic reactions can range from annoying to life-threatening and, if left untreated, can cause severe health issues in cats. It is essential to recognize the signs of allergies in cats and take action to protect them. One of the biggest dangers of allergies in cats is skin irritation. Allergic reactions can cause redness, itching, or other signs of inflammation on a cats skin. This can cause discomfort and even lead to hair loss in extreme cases. Allergies can also lead to respiratory issues such as sneezing, runny noses, coughing, and wheezing. These symptoms are common with many types of respiratory illnesses, but it is important to check with your vet if you notice these symptoms as they can worsen if left untreated. Finally, allergies can also cause anaphylactic shock in cats, which can be a life-threatening situation. Symptoms of anaphylaxis in cats include difficulty breathing, extreme lethargy, collapse, seizures, and vomiting. If your cat displays any of these symptoms, it is important to get them to the vet immediately.
Common Allergy Triggers for Cats
As cats age, their immune system may become weakened, leading to allergies. Common triggers for cats with seasonal allergies include pollen, dust mites, mold, pet dander, and certain foods.
Pollen: Pollen is a very common allergen for cats and can cause itchy skin, sneezing, and
coughing. Pollen can travel in the air, but it can also be found in cat food and litter boxes.
Dust Mites: Dust mites are microscopic organisms that can trigger an allergic reaction in cats. They are often found in carpets, furniture, bedding, and clothing. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to dust mites can include sneezing, coughing, and itchy skin.
Mold: Mold is another common allergen for cats and can be found in damp basements or other areas with high humidity. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to mold can include itchy skin, sneezing, and coughing.
Pet Dander: Pet dander is made up of tiny particles of dead skin from pets. It is a common allergen for cats and can cause itchy skin, sneezing, coughing, and other symptoms.
Certain Foods: Certain foods can also trigger an allergic reaction in cats. Common allergens include dairy products, beef, wheat, corn, soy, and eggs. Symptoms of a food allergy may include vomiting, diarrhea, and itchy skin.
Does MY cat have allergies?
Unsure if your cat has allergies? Some of the most common symptoms that your cat may be suffering from seasonal allergies include:
1. Excessive scratching or licking - If your cat is scratching or licking more than normal, it could be a sign that they are having an allergic reaction.
2. Swelling of the skin or hives - If you notice any bumps on your cat's skin or any areas that are red or swollen, these could be signs of an allergic reaction.
3. Sneezing or wheezing - Allergies can cause cats to have difficulty breathing, leading to
sneezing or wheezing. If your cat is showing these signs, they may be suffering from allergies.
4. Vomiting and/or diarrhea - Allergies can cause digestive problems in cats, leading to vomiting and/or diarrhea.
5. Paw chewing - Cats may chew their paws if they have an allergic reaction to something.
BE PREPURRED, NOT SCURRED!
The best way to protect your feline friend from seasonal allergies is to keep them away from potential allergens. If possible, try to keep them indoors or limit their access to outdoor areas with high pollen levels. This can help reduce their exposure to allergens and prevent them from developing an allergy. It's also important to keep your cat groomed regularly and bathe them with a hypoallergenic shampoo. This can help reduce the number of allergens they come into contact with and lower the chances of a reaction.
Finally, be sure to regularly visit your veterinarian for check-ups. Your vet will be able to monitor your cat’s health and suggest treatments for any allergies
that arise. By following these steps, you can reduce the chances of your cat experiencing an allergic reaction this season. Remember, prevention is always better than cure!