Cat Wellness: Does Your Cat Suffer From Allergies?
Our cats are part of the family and we want to give them best pet care possible. When our favorite kitty appears to be suffering from allergies the alarms bells go off. Before we know it, we've bought pet insurance and are off to the vet's office trying to fix the problem. The good news is allergy issues are common in cats and can be treated with a few simple fixes. Watching your cat's behavior and identifying allergy triggers are the first steps toward bringing relief to your treasured feline.
Learn about the different types of allergy symptoms and triggers that might be making your cat an allergy sufferer.
Allergy symptoms may include:
• Incessant scratching
• Wheezing (asthma)
• Itchy eyes
• Gnawing at the tail or paws
• Tummy troubles: diarrhea, vomiting
• Snoring due to a scratchy throat
• Stubborn ear infections
Common allergy triggers
Allergy triggers are usually due to environmental and food factors. Pet owners concerned with their cat's health should begin by examining the home for potential triggers. Pollen, dust, perfumes and chemicals used in cleaning products can wreak havoc on a sensitive kitty's immune system. Ward off environmental allergies by using eco-friendly cleaning products and washing your kitty's bedding with hot water only.
A change in diet
Cats with food allergies tend to have symptomatic stomach issues and suffer from stubborn ear infections or hotspots. Making the switch to a high-quality, healthy cat food—perhaps even one that is grain free—may eliminate food-related allergies.
Identifying allergy symptoms and removing triggers can solve most issues. However, if your cat is showing allergy-related symptoms, a trip to the vet is in order. Pet parents who familiarize themselves with their cat's health will ensure they're giving the best cat care possible to their feline family member.