As you venture into spring, you want to enjoy everything the season has to offer with your best friend. Certainly, the seasonal change is welcome, but it may come with a host of new allergens. Also, cats and dogs alike can both suffer from environmental and seasonal allergies. Naturally, cat allergy signs can manifest and present differently when compared to other pets. Fortunately, we sat down with Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Caroline Wilde to discuss what to look for in regards to cat allergy signs.
Cat allergy signs for every cat owner to know about
Cat allergy signs to watch for
Environmental changes can weigh heavily on your furry friends. Naturally, there are a wide variety of pollutants that can invade your space.
For example, “cats can be allergic to a variety of things in the environment, like pollen, dust mites, or fleas,” states Wilde.
If you think your cat might be experiencing cat allergies, consider the following signs:
Skin lesions and scabs
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.
Also, by doing some work and understanding the potential causesof allergies by documenting signs, exposure, you can assist your veterinarian in developing a treatment plan.
Further, your cat will not typically let you know if they’re 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 to the entire household, but it can affect your cat’s overall health.
Further, 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 or 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’s generally due to the allergic reaction to the saliva of the fleas, and you don’t have to see fleas on the cat for them to show flea or allergy dermatitis. This can manifest as itching and scabs around the face, neck, 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 their 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.
Further, with environmental allergies, it can be harder to treat, as you can’t take the pet out of their environment. Your veterinarian can help map out a treatment plan that is unique to your pet and your pet’s potential allergen.
Also, “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 example, with an allergen like dust mites, it may give an incentive to help 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 you see your cat uncomfortable, all you want is to take away their pain. Luckily, with a treatment plan, the expertise of your veterinarian, your pet can be on the road to recovery for any future season!
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