Seasonal Allergies in Cats: Symptoms and Prevention
April 1st, 2018
It’s springtime again with the world beginning to come alive. Flowers are starting to bloom, trees are budding, and grass is coming back to life. Did you know that your beloved feline friend can be susceptible to seasonal allergies just like humans? Airborne environmental allergens including pollen, mold and dust mites can affect cats too!
Seasonal Allergies in Cats
The immune system works to provide a defensive response in the body when any harmful material such as bacteria or parasites enter. Sometimes the immune system misidentifies non-harmful molecules such as pollens, thinking they are a threat to the body, so they release histamine and trigger a defensive response. The resulting inflammation is known as an allergic reaction. You and your cat can end up feeling miserable.
Unlike humans who usually experience respiratory issues, seasonal allergies typically manifest as a condition known as atopic dermatitis in felines. Your cat will likely not develop a runny nose, itchy eyes and watery sinuses like you would. Instead, you may see signs of allergies on the skin or coat. The longer your furry friend is exposed to the allergen, the worse the reaction becomes.
What Are the Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies?
Allergy symptoms may develop in different parts of the body, but the most common area it the skin. You may notice your cat excessively scratching, chewing or biting the skin. Your furry friend may have open sores, lesions, scabbing, hair loss, or redness on the chin, paws, anus or mouth. In some cases, your kitty may experience sneezing, head shaking, and may have a runny nose, red eyes, and coughing.
How Can I Help My Kitty?
There are supplements and medications your veterinarian may recommend that can help your cat overcome seasonal allergies. There are also different precautions you can take at home. Bathe your cat to wash all allergens out: however, take care not to bathe too often as this can lead to dry skin and increased irritation. Alternately, you can wipe your cat’s fur with a warm wet washcloth to remove surface irritants. Make sure to keep your home clean by vacuuming and washing your floors with non-toxic cleaners. Keep your windows shut to avoid allergy-causing molecules from entering your home.
You can also help your kitty by strengthening the immune system. Make sure you use a cat species-appropriate diet with no inflammatory foods to keep your cat’s immune system healthy. You can also add Omega-3 fatty acids and coconut oil to strengthen your cat’s immune system further.
When Should You See a Veterinarian?
If you have done all you could to reduce your cat’s exposure to seasonal allergies but continue to see signs of irritation, pay us a visit at All About Cats Veterinary Hospital in the Kirkland area. We may recommend a topical solution for itching, or in severe cases, prescription may be needed to lessen the inflammatory response caused by the histamine in your kitty’s body. We understand that it's hard to see your cat miserable and uncomfortable. We will work with you to make sure you have a cat that’s purr-fectly happy and healthy all year long!
Should I Feed My Cat a Grain-Free Diet?
March 6th, 2023
Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat – Causes of Feline Odors
February 22nd, 2023
5 Ways to Reduce Cat Shedding
January 3rd, 2023
Your Cat’s Holiday Stress – How to Help
December 6th, 2022
Pet Cancer Awareness Month: Warning Signs to Look Out For
November 2nd, 2022
10 Halloween Safety Tips for Cat Owners
October 3rd, 2022
Why Is My Cat So Active at Night?
September 7th, 2022
Should I Really Microchip My Cat?
August 9th, 2022
Ways to Keep Your Cat Safe and Cool This Summer
July 1st, 2022
10 Fascinating Facts About Persian Cats
June 1st, 2022
How to Correctly Transition Cat Foods
May 6th, 2022
What Your Cat’s Tail Is Secretly Trying to Tell You
April 5th, 2022
6 Common Household Items That Are Poisonous to Cats
March 1st, 2022
How Do I Know if My Cat Needs Dental Surgery?
February 16th, 2022
How to Safely Introduce Your Cat to Your New Baby
January 11th, 2022
Giving a Cat as a Christmas Gift: How to Do It Responsibly
December 6th, 2021
5 Thanksgiving Foods That Are Toxic to Cats
November 5th, 2021
Is My Kitty Depressed? Signs to Look For in a Sad Cat
October 7th, 2021
Training Tips for New Kitten Owners
September 7th, 2021
Taking Your Cat to the Vet: How to Make It a Stress-Free Experience
August 6th, 2021
The Origins and History of the Tabby Cat
July 13th, 2021
We are hiring a Veterinary Technician!
July 12th, 2021
Kitty Claw Control: How and When to Cut Your Cat’s Nails
June 7th, 2021
Is it Time To Switch My Feline’s Food?
May 5th, 2021
5 Fascinating Facts About Siamese Cats
April 1st, 2021
Litter Box 101
March 1st, 2021
How to Brush Your Cat’s Teeth
February 1st, 2021
10 Tips on How to Introduce Your New Cat to Other Pets
January 4th, 2021
How You Can Help Animal Shelters This Holiday Season
December 4th, 2020
Senior Cat Behaviors and Symptoms
November 5th, 2020
Cat Obesity: No Laughing Matter
October 6th, 2020
What You Need to Know About Hyperthyroidism in Cats
September 1st, 2020
ATTENTION: National Prednisolone Shortage
August 17th, 2020
The Importance of Taking Your Cat to Your Vet
August 1st, 2020
5 Common Cat Noises and What They Mean
July 2nd, 2020
Summer Days Are Coming: Guide to Cat Grooming
June 1st, 2020
COVID-19 Update for Clients of All About Cats Veterinary Hospital
March 16th, 2020
Tips for Dealing with an Aggressive Cat
March 6th, 2020
5 Common Oral Problems Found in Felines
February 4th, 2020
How Often and How Much Should I Feed my Kitten?
January 6th, 2020