As much as we adore our feline companions, it’s important to remember that, like humans, cats can develop allergies. When a cat’s immune system overreacts to a specific substance known as an allergen, an allergic reaction occurs. Allergies in cats can cause a variety of symptoms, and we will discuss the signs that your cat may have an allergy in this blog.
Common Allergies in Cats
Before we get into the symptoms of allergies, it’s important to understand what allergens can cause allergies in cats. The following are the most common allergens in cats:
- Fleas and flea saliva
- Pollen and grasses
- Dust mites
- Mold and mildew
- Food allergies
Signs Your Cat May Have an Allergy:
Itching and skin irritation: Itchy, red, or inflamed skin is one of the most common symptoms of a cat allergy. Your cat may be constantly scratching, biting, or licking certain areas of their skin.
Hair loss: Allergies in cats can cause hair loss due to excessive grooming or skin irritation.
Respiratory problems: Cats with allergies may experience respiratory problems, such as sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. You may also notice that your cat has a runny nose or eyes.
Gastrointestinal issues: Food allergies can cause gastrointestinal issues in cats, such as vomiting, diarrhoea, and bloating.
Ear infections: Allergies can cause ear infections in cats, which may result in itching, discharge, and an unpleasant odour.
We are here at Dermvet to first diagnose if your cat has an allergy through a range of cat allergy test methods. From there, we can advise on the right course of treatment, from avoidance through to special diets.
If you would like to arrange an initial consultation with us for your cat, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 0116 326 0402 and we look forward to speaking with you soon. If you prefer, you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and once received, we will reply to you.