Allergies in Cats: Symptoms of Cat Allergies & How to Treat Them
In the same way that you might find yourself feeling under the weather during allergy season, your cat can experience reactions to allergens. Like humans, cats can be allergic to substances that are typically not harmful and which other cats don’t react to. If left untreated, those allergies can worsen your pet’s quality of life.
If your kitty’s immune system deems an allergen to be a threat to his or her health, an allergic reaction will take place. If your cat has allergies, they could be experiencing adverse effects when inhaling or ingesting a certain substance, or could be reacting negatively when the allergen comes in contact with their skin. This may result in various respiratory, digestive, or respiratory symptoms.
If your cat is having an allergic reaction, contact Germantown Vet right away so we can accurately diagnose and treat your pet! Call us at 240-252-7467 or schedule your appointment online now.
Symptoms of Allergies in Cats
Your cat could suffer from several kinds of allergies. The first kind of allergy that we see in cats is atopy, or the environmental allergens that your cat breathes in (or that come in contact with their skin) that cause a reaction. Items causing atopic allergic reactions in cats can include dust mites, mold, pollen, and more. Atopic allergic reactions are the most common type of allergy in cats.
Common signs that your cat may be experiencing an atopic allergic reaction include:
- Coughing or wheezing
- Itchy, red skin, either in one area or on the whole body
- Red or runny eyes
- Ear infections
- Itchy, swollen paws
Cats can also experience food allergies, which can lead to digestive issues in your kitty, such as vomiting or diarrhea. But more often than not, food allergies result in itchy skin and ear infections. Our team at Germantown Vet will work with you to figure out what food your cat is allergic to and how to eliminate that allergen from your pet’s diet.
Your cat could have contact allergies, which are allergic reactions to things their skin contacts directly, such as cleaning solutions, carpet fibers, or shampoos. These allergies result in very itchy kitties! Your cat’s skin will become red and inflamed wherever the allergen touched them. If they scratch this area, the allergen could spread and come in contact with other areas of their body, as well. This could lead to a bacterial infection, so it’s important to keep an eye out for excessive scratching to catch the issue early.
The final kind of allergy your cat could experience is a flea allergy. As the name implies, this is an allergic reaction to flea bites. A flea’s saliva will produce an uncomfortable, itchy reaction in your cat. We’ve seen cats that are so irritated by this allergen that they chew on their skin so much they remove chunks of their hair. They can also scratch open the sores, which can cause a bacterial infection. You’ll usually see these symptoms near the base of your cat’s tail, but they could also have red sores or scabs around their neck and head.
If your cat is exhibiting symptoms of an allergic reaction, contact Germantown Vet so we can help you diagnose the allergy and treat your pet! Schedule your appointment online or call us at 240-252-7467 now.
Common Things Your Cat May Be Allergic To
Though there’s a wide range of things that cats can be allergic to, just like humans, there are a few more common substances that cause allergic reactions in our feline friends.
If you’re noticing any of the symptoms listed above, your cat could be allergic to:
- Dust mites
- Cleaning products
- Cigarette smoke
- Carpet fibers
How to Treat Allergies in Cats
The first thing you should do if you think that your cat may be experiencing an allergic reaction is to contact our team at Germantown Vet to diagnose the issue and come up with a treatment plan. We may be able to figure out what your cat is allergic to based on the symptoms he or she is exhibiting, or we may need to recommend further testing.
Typical treatments of allergies in cats include:
- Topical therapy (like shampoos or anti-itch solutions)
- Omega-3 fatty acids
Depending what your pet is allergic to, we may provide an alternative solution. It’s important to contact us as soon as possible if you think your cat may have allergies. Since allergies can cause itchy reactions, your cat will scratch, which could result in an infection!
We suggest treating your cat for fleas to avoid flea allergies. For atopic allergies, cleaning your kitty’s bedding each week, along with vacuuming your home weekly, can help to keep atopic allergies under control. Make sure you’re using an unscented, dust-free litter, as well. And if your cat doesn’t mind it, bathing them weekly with a vet-recommended shampoo can help relieve itching and remove any atopic allergens from their skin.
To learn more about allergy treatments for your cat, call Germantown Vet at 240-252-7467 now or contact us online.
Schedule an Appointment to Treat Your Cat’s Allergies Today
When symptoms of cat allergies present themselves, don’t wait! Contact us to schedule an appointment for a diagnosis and treatment plan in the Germantown, MD area.
Germantown Veterinary Clinic was the first veterinary clinic that opened its doors in Germantown back in 1983, and today, we’re proud to be the largest, best equipped, and most well-staffed animal hospital in Montgomery County. When you visit our state-of-the-art facility, your dog will receive exemplary care from our esteemed team of veterinarians and technicians.
Contact us online or by phone at 240-252-7467 to schedule your cat’s allergy appointment!