5 Common Cat Allergies And How To Prevent Them
Just like humans, cats can also experience reactions to any number of allergens, including foods, grass or pollen, skin allergies, medication, flea bites, and more. If your cat is allergic to something, it may exhibit the following symptoms: Increased scratching or licking (overgrooming), coughing or wheezing, sneezing, hair loss, diarrhea, or vomiting. James Wellbeloved looks into the five most common cat allergies and how they can be prevented…
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Common Cat Allergies
- Flea Bite Allergies: The best way to treat flea allergies is to make sure your cat can’t get fleas in the first place. You should regularly treat both your cat and your home for fleas to reduce the likelihood of your cat catching fleas.
- Cat Food Allergies: Food allergies cannot be cured, but steps can be taken to ensure that your cat does not eat specific foods. For example, feeding your cat hypoallergenic cat food can eliminate problem foods from their diet and help to keep them happy and healthy.
- Household Cleaning Products: To prevent this from happening, make sure your cat is safely out of the way while you clean, and try to use less harsh, greener products to reduce the likelihood of an allergy attack. You could even try more natural cleaning products such as vinegar or lemon which your cat is less likely to be allergic to.
- Atopy: Another common cat allergy is atopy, or atopic dermatitis. Once diagnosed, they can prescribe treatment. A simple way to treat atopy is to limit your cat’s contact with the allergen; for example, if they are allergic to grass, monitor or limit their time spent outdoors to help reduce any symptoms.
- Perfume Allergies: As cats have a much stronger sense of smell than us, it’s not surprising that they are more sensitive to scents and perfumes. However, some cats are so sensitive to perfume that it takes the form of an allergy. The obvious way to prevent your cat from this particular allergy is to stop wearing perfume or cologne and reduce the number of scented sprays you use around the home.
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