Humans aren’t the only living beings that can develop allergies. The immune systems of our feline companions can also become sensitive to different substances that are present in their surroundings. When allergens affect your cat, they may experience different symptoms as their bodies try to fend off these irritating substances.
Types of Allergies in Cats
Like people, there are plenty of different allergens that can become irritating to your cat. Feline allergies are divided into three main categories:
Food allergies, which occur when cats become sensitive to foods or ingredients that are otherwise safe for feline ingestion; flea allergies, which often appear similar to hay fever in humans; and environmental allergies, which commonly present as atopic dermatitis.
Symptoms of Feline Allergies
Most types of allergies in cats cause symptoms similar to those humans experience with seasonal allergies. These symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Dermatitis and other skin problems
- Runny eyes
- Ear infections
They may also experience itchy skin, called allergic dermatitis, as well as swollen, sensitive paws when allergens affect their outer bodies.
Common Feline Allergens
The most common allergens that cause the symptoms above in cats include pollen, grass, perfumes, fleas (or flea-control products), cleaning products, prescription drugs, mold, mildew, and some cat litters.
If your cat develops a food allergy, they’ll most likely present gastrointestinal symptoms and it is vital to avoid feeling your cat any foods that seem to give them stomach issues or discomfort.
What To Do if You Suspect Allergies in Your Cat
It’s not always clear what your cat has developed an allergy to, nor is it easy to determine whether the symptoms they are presenting are due to an allergy or a different health issue entirely. That’s why it’s important to bring your cat to a trusted veterinarian when they are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above.
At Catonsville Cat Clinic, we offer physical exams and history checks in order to effectively determine the source of your cat’s irritation. We’re dedicated to providing the treatment cats need to live happy, healthy, and allergy symptom-free lives. Contact us to schedule a wellness exam or allergy visit for your furry friend today.