Just like humans, furry feline friends can also suffer from allergies which make them feel ill and miserable. Being the owner of a cat with allergies means finding out the cause or causes and removing them from your cat's life. Common cat allergies usually aren't life threatening, but a sustained allergic reaction isn't healthy for anyone.
The most common cause of an allergic reaction in cats is from fleas. With fleas, you will see an abundance of licking and scratching. This problem isn't too hard to discover. Upon examination into your cat's fur, you will find the little beasts jumping among the hairs. There are many flea remedies available, so speak to your veterinarian about the best solution for your pet. Most cures contain insecticides, so precaution should be taken for your cat and the rest of the members of your household.
Your cat may have a food allergy. Fish, beef, eggs, wheat and milk are the most common allergens in food, though it may be something different for your pet. The signs of food allergies include vomiting and diarrhea, lack of or increased appetite, as well as incessant scratching and licking, mostly around the face and ears. Sudden diet changes don't often go well for pets, so consult your vet about the best way to slowly remove the possible allergens from your cat's diet to determine the culprit.
Though they are usually well protected by a thick layer of fur, cats may have contact allergies as well. Be on the lookout for scratching, and abrasions, welts, rashes, and redness on the less fur-lined areas of skin, like the mouth, ears, and anus. Plants, some fabrics and possibly dermal medications are the most likely causes. You can remove them, but you may need medication to treat the allergic reactions. Your veterinarian can also perform a skin test to determine which specific allergen is coming into contact with your pet.
This the least common and most difficult allergy to determine and treat. Like people, dust, pollen, mould and dust mites are the problem, but the reaction is different. Skin ulcers, plaques, symmetrical hair loss, ulcers and crusty red rashes around the head and neck are the result of inhaled allergens. Your veterinarian will need to be involved in this case. If you aren't able to define the problem, bring your cat in for an appointment.
Allergic reactions can be more than unpleasant; left untreated, it can reduce your cat's quality of life. For more information, contact a specialist like Aspen Park Veterinary Hospital.