Humans being allergic to cats is well-known, but not every cat owner is aware that cats can also suffer with allergies of their own. Vets often surprise cat owners with an allergy diagnosis as it’s not a condition that isn’t expected. Cat allergies happen when the immune system is sensitive to something it comes into contact with. The immune system thinks it’s something that is dangerous and therefore reacts in several ways to protect the cat.
The reactions show themselves as symptoms, which are as follows:
- Runny eyes
- Itching – eyes, base of tail, ears
- Ear infections
- Swollen paws
What is My Cat Allergic To?
There are many allergens that will trigger the allergic reactions in sensitive cats. Some of the common causes are:
- Pollen (trees, grasses, mould, plants, dust etc).
- Household cleaning products
- Smoke from cigarettes
- Perfumes and sprays
A vet will be able to help you identify the allergen that is affecting your pet and there are medicines that will help relieve the condition and protect your cat against allergic reactions. However, there are additional steps you can take to help.
- Keep your cat protected from flea allergies by maintaining a flea control program throughout the year. Cats need only a single flea bite to react so prevention is the best course of action.
- Examine your cleaning products and consider switching to different products. Vegan options are probably the safest option (it will depend on the ingredients your cat is allergic to). Be careful to avoid products that use essential oils that are dangerous for cats and other pets in the home.
- Use cat fencing to stop your cat from venturing into gardens and outdoor spaces that are home to the plants, grasses and tress your cat is allergic to. Catios and cat enclosures are an option if you wish to keep your cat way from certain areas of your own garden.
- Vacuum and dust the home and your cats favourite sleeping spots at least twice a week, ideally more for cats with severe allergies.
- Consider switching to a raw diet or home cooked diet if your cat has food allergies. Your vet will help you with the diagnosis and will be able to recommend a diet and ready-made cat food brands.
Does your cat suffer with allergies? Use the advice from your vet and our tips to improve their quality of life.