As we venture into this new spring season, we want to be able to enjoy everything this time of year has to offer with our feline friends. Certainly, the seasonal change is welcome, but with it comes a host of new allergens. Further, cats and dogs alike can both suffer from environmental and seasonal allergies. Consider, cat allergy signs can manifest and present differently when compared to other pets. We sat down with on-site Trupanion veterinarian, Dr. Caroline Wilde, to discuss what to look for in regards to cat allergy signs and the best course of treatment for our feline friends.
Cat allergy signs for every cat owner to know about
Cat allergy signs to watch for
Environmental changes can weigh heavily on our furry friends. Naturally, there are a wide variety of pollutants that can invade our space. For instance, “cats can be allergic to lots of different things in the environment, such as pollen, dust mites, or fleas,” states on-site Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Caroline Wilde.
If you think your cat might be experiencing cat allergies, consider the following signs:
Skin lesions and scabs
Consider, these skin lesions and scabs are commonly located around the face and neck. If you start to see this in your cat seek medical care and check with your veterinarian. Additionally, doing some work understanding the potential causesof allergies and documenting signs and exposure, you can assist your vet in developing a treatment plan. Further, your cat will not typically let you know if they are experiencing any pain. Keeping notes and seeking immediate medical attention is the best course of action for your feline friend.
Are feline seasonal allergies more common in the spring?
Naturally, as warmer weather arrives, so do peskyfleas and ticks. Certainly, not only are fleas pesky and a hindrance on the entire household, but it can affect our cat’s overall health.
Further, Dr. Wilde weighs in on the popularity of seasonal allergies during the spring season –
“As the weather gets warmer, fleas multiply, and even indoor cats can be at risk for fleas from other indoor/outdoor pets, common areas shared by other pets in an apartment building, or even owners tracking them in on their shoes. When cats are allergic to flea bites, it is generally due to the allergic reaction to the saliva of the fleas, and we don’t have to see fleas on the cat for them to show of flea/allergy dermatitis, which in cats can manifest as itching and scabs around the face, neck, but can be all around the body, or around the tail base,” says Wilde.
Cat allergy signs: how to treat
How you treat your cat’s allergies is dependent upon the type of allergies and its severity. For example, “in the case of a flea allergy, this can be as simple as getting the pet on an appropriate flea preventative,” points out Wilde. Rather, in the case of environmental allergies, it can be harder to treat, as you can’t take the pet out of their environment.
Also, your veterinarian can map out a treatment plan that is
unique to your pet and your pet’s potential allergen.
For instance, “whatever the source of the allergies in cats, treatment generally involves control of the immune system with corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive agents, sometimes antihistamine therapy, and often a treatment of secondary skin infection with antibiotics,” interjects Wilde. Consider all the treatments available for your cat and check in with your veterinarian with any concerns.
How to help the entire family
Reducing allergens in your household not only helps your cat, but the entire family. For instance, with an allergen like dust mites, it certainly gives an incentive to keep a clean and tidy pet-friendly household. Naturally, keeping a clean house can minimize allergens, pollutants, and create a happy household for the entirefamily to enjoy.
Cat allergy signs: treatment plan and wellness for the entire family
Naturally, whenever we see our pets, such as our feline friends, uncomfortable, all we want is to take away their pain. Luckily, with a treatment plan in place, and under the guidance and expertise of your veterinarian your feline friend can be on the road to recovery for the future seasons to come. Certainly, there is no doubt, when our pets are happy, we’re happy.
is a digital content writer for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being creatively inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with pets all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family.